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Andre O. McDonald

Elder law Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   36 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    40%
    Elder law attorneys deal with issues related to elderly and disabled people. They write wills, answer tax questions, and plan strategies for obtaining disability, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare payments. Their services are useful for health and long-term care planning, as well as end-of-life planning decisions and instances of elder abuse. Elder law attorneys know what public and private resources may be available for your elderly relatives or for anyone else youknow with special needs

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    McDonald Law Firm serves clients in Howard County, Baltimore City and the surrounding Counties with comprehensive estate planning services, including the drafting and review of wills, trusts and powers of attorney to ensure clients and their families are properly taken care of during their lifetime, while preserving a legacy for future generations.

    6 years

  3. Probate
    20%

    6 years

  4. Trusts
    10%

    6 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%

    6 years

Andre O. McDonald is the founder and principal attorney at McDonald Law Firm, a Columbia law firm serving clients throughout Howard County and the surrounding counties in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, Medicaid/long-term care planning, and veterans pension planning.

Since Mr. McDonald was admitted to the Maryland Bar, in addition to managing a successful law practice, he has served as a volunteer attorney with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and the Bar Association of Baltimore City – Senior Legal Services, where he has helped Maryland low-income seniors with their estate planning needs. Mr. McDonald currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Howard County Estate Planning Council. In 2018, Mr. McDonald, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. to serve on the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Council.

While in law school, Mr. McDonald served as a student attorney with the Washtenaw County Public Defender Office and the SixtyPlus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. At the Public Defender Office, Mr. McDonald advocated on behalf of indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Additionally, Mr. McDonald represented low-income seniors with a wide range of civil matters during his tenure with the SixtyPlus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. He also served as the court appointed guardianship reviewer for, the Circuit Court of Michigan for, Ingham County, Clinton County, and Eaton County. Mr. McDonald served as an Ambassador for the law school, mentoring newly-admitted first-year law students.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. McDonald served our nation as an Enlisted Officer with the United States Marine Corps. He also served for several years as a Federal Security Officer with the Department of Homeland Security where he trained new officers and mediated and resolved disputes regarding officer disciplinary action or officer-management matters. This breadth of experience helps Mr. McDonald deliver legal services and work with clients in a practical, goal-oriented manner.

Licensed for 6 years
State DC
Status Active
Acquired 2019
Updated 10/25/2019
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 07/12/2022

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McDonald Law Firm, LLC
10500 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 420
Columbia, MD, 21044
McDonald Law Firm, LLC (By Appointment Only)
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800 West
Bethesda, MD, 20814
McDonald Law Firm, LLC (By Appointment Only)
2101 L Street, N.W.
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20037
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Posted by Lucy | November 18, 2022
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Mr. McDonald reviewed every detail and made every option clear. He spent all the time needed. I did not feel hurried or that he was thinking of something else. He and his office staff were always pleasant and helpful.
Posted by Aisha Sumler-Coston | November 14, 2022
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Professional, Thorough and Timely
I sought an attorney for my family's estate planning. My mother and I consulted and hired Andre McDonald at the MacDonald Law Firm. At our first meeting, he consulted and reviewed the estate planning process and the documents required to implement the strategy. We completed a Medical POA, Trust, and a Will. All of our documents were completed in about one week's timeframe. His staff was professional and courteous. I will be using this firm for future endeavors and will recommend his services to fellow peers.
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Posted by Bob | November 4, 2022
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Retired
The attorney was retained to develop a comprehensive trust. He was very thorough thru out the process . questions He entertained my questions and his responses were always well thought out. As an elder I needed someone who would be respectful but would also produce a quality document. Attorney McDonald provided both.
Posted by Wendy | November 2, 2022
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Excellent lawyering!
My husband and I are greatly appreciative of how Mr McDonald took a somewhat complicated matter -- setting up a joint revocable living trust -- and streamlined the process for us. The questions he asked along the way for clarification of our intent showed he really was trying to make sure this came out exactly as we wished.
Posted by Susan | July 5, 2022
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Estate to be Settled
My brother died rather suddenly. Neither my sisters nor I lived in MD where my brother lived. We interviewed several attorneys and chose Mr. Andre O McDonald. We were all very happy with our choice. He was very professional and knowledgeable and communicated with us on a regular basis. He answered every call, text or email within 24 hours or less. He guided us through each step and explained things clearly. We were all VERY happy with our choice. He made a very difficult situation for us so much better. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Wendell | June 29, 2022
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Probate
Mr. McDonald was referred by a family after the death of my mother. His expert advice and voice of reason regarding her estate reduced the stress of navigating probate 10-fold. I couldn't be happier with the personal touch he provided because he always made me feel as though I was his most important client.
Posted by Jan | June 26, 2022
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A stressful process made less so
After finally getting my household in order after moving from a community property state, I consulted with Andre McDonald I need to know if all of the documents needed to be revised. The answer was yes. I hired Mr. McDonald and would not hesitate to hire him again if needed. I chose Mr. McDonald from the internet with the following criteria. I wanted a sole practitioner within a reasonable distance from Odenton. Why a sole practitioner? I had spoken with a firm specializing in estate law. The lawyer did not fully answer my questions and stated if I wanted answers, I would need to come in on an hourly basis. I did not feel the questions I posed were out of the ordinary, nor did Mr. McDonald. He not only answered, but provided detailed information. Normally, Mr. McDonald operates with a two week turn-around: preliminary consultation followed by review of your finished documents. I had a family issue that necessitated a resolution before I felt I could safely define my estate parameters. Mr. McDonald and his office staff were understanding and did not pressure me. Mr. McDonald explained issues clearly and did not hesitate to tell me if what I had thought I would do, was not wise. He would follow that with a scenario that clearly illustrated why my initial plan could create problems. I highly recommend Mr. McDonald; you will not be disappointed. He is professional, thorough, and clearly skilled.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2021
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Very thorough and efficient
From my initial contact with his law office until I first met with Andre was less than a week. From start to finish the trust was done in 3 weeks. He was very thorough at explaining exactly what the trust contained and answered all my questions. He is very pleasant to work with.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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Estate Planning
I highly recommend Andre McDonald, McDonald Law Firm, LLC, and his estate planning expertise. He provided advance information on the laws for estate planning, options and resources to consider based on my personal circumstances, answered my questions fully and patiently, I had a lot of questions. My final Living Trust document was well-organized and easy to navigate.
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Posted by Gerald | November 15, 2021
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Andre McDonald of McDonald Law Firm, LLC
Mr. McDonald represented us by drafting our Joint Revocable Living Trust and Ancillary Documents (Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, HIPAA Authorizations and other legal documents). During our initial consultation Andre was extremely professional, and provided us with the information we needed to address our situation. We are very satisfied with the service and documents he drafted and provided to us and would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Milton | October 31, 2021
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Family Trust
Andre helped us create our family trust. He was flexible to prepare the documents based on our situation and needs. We like how Andre took the time to explain all the "ins and outs" of trust creation. He had time to clear up an issue with our financial consultant's understanding of the trust. Most of all, he was available and responsive to our questions. We will continue to utilize his legal advice because we trust his judgement.
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Posted by Betty | August 15, 2021
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Estate Plan Completion
Andre was very kind; very approachable and kept in very close contact with us throughout the entire development of our Medicaid Trust. He was always very responsive to each of our requests whether by phone or email. When my husband became seriously ill and all his financial and direct care provision needs became my personal responsibility, our family lawyer from the previous state we lived in recommended Andre to my daughter and myself. Being new to this area, we truly could not have been more fortunate to receive his services. I would highly recommend him to fully assist you in developing your complete Estate Plan and getting all the necessary documents prepared. You will be so glad you did and your family will thank you forever for getting these preparations/affairs in order.
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Posted by Astrid | July 19, 2021
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Great service
Andre McDonald was very clear in explaining the details of the various trust and estate documents. The turn around time was fast. He I earned my trust and confidence. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Melanie | July 9, 2021
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I would highly recommend Mr. Andre McDonald for your Estate needs. He is very professional, dependable and reliable.
Unfortunately my Mother passed away without having a Will or any of her Estate affairs in order. Prior to my mothers passing I had never handled an Estate before. I contacted a few attorneys but didn't feel they were the right fit for all of the complications pertaining to the Estate. Some attorney's weren't even willing to take it on. A neighbor of mine (who is an attorney) suggested that I contact Mr. Andre McDonald to handle my Mothers Estate. After our initial phone consultation, I knew immediately that he was the the right fit for all that needed to be accomplished. It was around the holidays. Mr. McDonald went above and beyond the typical duties that involve getting an Estate opened. He stayed involved and was on top of every aspect regarding the Estate throughout the entire process. He followed through with getting the Estate closed in a timely fashion. Mr. McDonald was very professional and knew exactly what to do and how to handle the Estate. He was always informative and reliable. Mr. McDonald always personally returned my phone calls and my emails in a timely manner. His staff was very pleasant and a joy to work with during a very hard time in my life. He kept me up to date on anything that needed to be done. He took the time to answer any questions or concerns that I had. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a challenge within itself but Mr. McDonald put my mind at ease. I felt comfortable and confident knowing that he was the attorney handling my Mothers Estate during a very hard and difficult ordeal. I highly recommend Mr. Andre McDonald for any and all of your Estate needs.
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Posted by Evay | July 7, 2021
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Would definitely recommend...
I reached out to Mr. McDonald for information on a living trust. I was planning to interview two other attorneys, but decided not to after having all of my questions answered by Mr. McDonald. He is very knowledgable and has been able to assist me with other matters. I would recommend McDonald Law Firm to anyone that is looking for a great estate planning attorney.
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Posted by Debra | July 7, 2021
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Best Choice For Estate Planning Services
I am at peace and strengthened in the knowledge that all  will be taken care of when the time is right because of how well Andre carried out and cared for my concerns during the estate planning process. I know there will be no need  for doubts, fears, confusion conflicts or family legal attacks at a time of loss because of his excellent work and professionalism.   I highly recommend the Macdonald Law Firm if you want to ensure your matters will be well-taken care of, and be given the outcomes in the way I have described.  Andre is talented, re-assuring, takes the time to explain each, terminology, issue, concept; answers troubling questions and will put everything in order and in place for you.  You can rely on him and the services he provides. I did. Your estate planning wishes will be in very good hands. talented Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
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Posted by Guy | June 8, 2021
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Estate planning
Mr. McDonald did an outstanding job of drafting my last will and testament and other estate planning documents. He was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Michael | April 22, 2021
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Clients family
Andre McDonald is very knowledgeable/professional/helpful when it comes to assisting and guiding an elders needs!
Posted by Julia | April 20, 2021
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It was a pleasure to work with Andre McDonald
It meant a lot to me to get my estate planning done. Mr. McDonald made everything easy and worked quickly to get everything completed for me. He is a take-charge kind of guy. I felt I was in good hands. He walked me through each step and answered all my questions. It was a pleasure to work with a fellow armed services veteran. The staff is responsive and professional. I would certainly recommend McDonald Law Firm.
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Posted by Carolyn | March 5, 2021
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MdDonald Law Firm - Outstanding Service
Very professional with attention to every detail. It was a pleasure to work with McDonald Law, they exceeded my expectations.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • McDonald Law Firm, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Washtenaw Public Defender's Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Student Attorney
  • Sixty Plus, Inc., Elder Law Clinic,Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Federal Officer
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • 2006 - 2011
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Education

  • Western Michigan University -Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • St John's University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2011
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Howard County Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • The Board of Directors' Award
  • Sixty Plus, Inc., Elder Law Clinc
  • 2013
  • Melissa Mitchell Leadership Award
  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Moot Court Board
  • 2012

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning
  • Estate & Medicaid Planning Basics
  • 2017
  • Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2016
  • Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Elder law Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andre is a consummate professional. His work is extremely thorough and he has excellent people skills. He is my only recommendation for a Maryland Estate Planning Attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. McDonald is an honest, knowledgeable and dedicated attorney who is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. His passion for the law, coupled with his unwavering loyalty to his clients makes him an ideal choice for any client in need of legal advice or representation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andre has demonstrated an eagerness to represent clients needing help planning their estates. He attended an academically-rigorous law school that, along with the "hands-on" experience he gained in his own practice, prepared him well to help his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brilliant mind when it comes to estate planning for his clients."
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Columbia Elder law Lawyer Andre O. McDonald
Andre O. McDonald
Elder law Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 6 years