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Andre O. McDonald

Estate planning Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   49 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 4 years
    Maryland - MD 8 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andre

Learn Andre’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    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.

    8 years

  2. Elder law
    25%
    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

  3. Probate
    20%

    8 years

  4. Trusts
    10%

    8 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%

    8 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.

Location

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 Liz | April 10, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. McDonald
We contacted Mr. McDonald about a complex and sensitive estate matter. His comprehensive and astute review of the issue resulted in a most satisfactory solution. We sincerely appreciated his expertise, insights, and attention to this matter of much significance to us.
Posted by Chioma | February 18, 2024
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Professional, very knowledgeable, prompt and responsive
We used him for our estate planning, and he was very prompt and responsive and also very patient to explain all the terms. We felt comfortable with him from the beginning and already recommended him to our families and friends.
Posted by Sherley | December 19, 2023
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Estate Planning
I contacted Mr. McDonald's Law Firm late November to schedule a consultation for my estate planning. A week later, I met with him virtually for the consultation and he was extremely patient, understanding, and knowledgeable. He explained the entire process in great detail and was very transparent. A week and a half later, I went to his office to sign the documents for my Revocable Trust. The entire process, from beginning to end was quick, painless, and informative. Mr. McDonald and his staff were extremely helpful and professional. I highly recommend.
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Posted by pat n jim | December 1, 2023
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AN EXCEPTIONAL LAWYER
Andre McDonald is absolutely amazing!! We have used his services several times! He listens, ask questions and provides excellent advice. We scheduled an appointment for Andre to draft an updated estate planning document; however, after taking time to read our current document he assured us that we did not need to do a new plan. (Thousands of $$$$$ saved!) After asking several questions about our blended families and children, he explained what we did need. We agreed on the spot to hire him! Without any hesitation, we will continue to use Andre's services and refer family and friends to him.
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Posted by Jackie | September 25, 2023
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Andre saves your Heirs Costs, Hassles and Issues
Andre McDonald is by far the most knowledgeable estate attorney I have ever met. With great care he has set up my estate to cause minimal issues and costs to my heirs. He is meticulous and caring. I tried two other estate attorneys before Andre and found them lacking in details and discovered that their methods got them paid quickly but would have left my estate a mess. Andre is the only estate attorney I can recommend to handle details properly so that my heirs do not face terrible hassles, costs and issues.
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Posted by Thomas | September 23, 2023
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Thomas Chechefc
I have only the highest praise for Mr. Andre McDonald and his staff. At the worst of times...the passing of my beloved wife... Mr. McDonald was there to handle all of the details of creating a trust and dealing with the myriad details confronting a widowed husband. Without reservation, I can recommend Mr. McDonald. He was spot on in every detail, and his staff completed all of the necessary work with remarkable speed, courtesy and personal care.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2023
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AMAZING ATTORNEY :)
Andre is amazing! I was hesitant about having estate documents prepared, but Andre insisted that they be drafted, and he had them finalized in advance of an upcoming surgery. I cannot thank him enough for preparing these documents for me in a timely fashion for me.
Posted by Yetta | August 21, 2023
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Simply the Best
I met with Andre McDonald to change my will to a trust. It was a painless, joyous process as Andre is very personable and patient. He answered all my questions, provided great advice and made me feel like he was truly listening to me. His office is beautiful and his assistants are kind and welcoming as they offered water or coffee. I feel very good about the process and the finished product which was delivered in a timely manner and much quicker than I expected. I’ve already referred several people to this law firm and Mr. McDonald. Easy access, free parking.
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Posted by Mavis | August 10, 2023
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Outstanding Service
Attorney Andre McDonald completed our trust after my husband was diagnosis with a serious medical illness. He took the time to listen to our needs and educated us on the next best steps, which was easy to follow and understand. During my husband’s hospital stay I contacted him to assist with further completion of several time-sensitive documents and he immediately followed up. His team at the firm was superb and provided outstanding service every time. I highly recommend McDonald's Law Firm for anyone searching for estate planning. They go beyond what is expected, and I greatly appreciate professionalism and outstanding service. Mavis R. Thomas Commander Retired, United States Navy
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Posted by Phillip | August 10, 2023
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Hvac
Very professional experience organization great smart communication with me will recommend highly to family and friends
Posted by Tyrone and Thrisann | July 22, 2023
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Client
Attorney Andre McDonald completed our estate planning. The entire process was handled professionally and efficiently. His staff was amazing, very pleasant and quick to respond. I would recommend his legal services to anyone needing help with estate planning.
Posted by Darryl | May 9, 2023
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Exemplary Service
My experience with the McDonald Law Firm was above par in every way. The death of my daughter and the subsequent legal maneuvers were emotionally challenging. Everyone at the firm was supportive and professional in every way. Ebony, Diane, and Mr. McDonald provided me with the first class SERVICE which I needed during this difficult time. Their combined knowledge and experience allowed me to decrease my stress and anxiety navigating the legal requirements of settling my daughters estate. I will definitely use this firm in the future should the need arise. Thank you Mr McDonald for personally reaching out to me from the beginning.
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Posted by Sybil Hayes | February 1, 2023
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Estate Planning
I always felt estate planning was for the wealthy, not me, I'm just a regular everyday worker. With my initial reluctances to start an estate planning process, Mr. McDonald was patience, understanding and knowledgeable. He and his staff answered questions promptly and I felt comfortable Mr. McDonald understood my needs and concerns. I'm satisfied with the final outcome. Great job!
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Posted by Lucy | November 18, 2022
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Andre McDonald
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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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

Honors and 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)
Endorse Andre
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 Estate planning Lawyer Andre O. McDonald
Andre O. McDonald
Estate planning Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 8 years