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Cynthia May Lifson

Wills and living wills Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Lifson Law, Law Offices of Cynthia M. Lifson

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 31 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Resigned No misconduct found

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Cynthia M. Lifson opened her law office on the first Monday in October of 1993 following a judicial clerkship in Baltimore City’s Circuit Court. She concentrates on matters related to families and provides services in the area of domestic relations and estates and trusts. Cynthia has represented clients as an attorney in Maryland courts and as a lobbyist before the Maryland General Assembly. These professional experiences have shaped her outlook on managing conflict. To the extent possible, Cynthia helps people with divergent interests to achieve a reasonable and acceptable resolution. She emphasizes mediation and collaborative law approaches for her clients. She is also mindful that careful drafting of documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives not only clarify the wishes of her clients, but serve to avoid family conflict during stressful times.

Cynthia has written articles on diverse legal topics for local journals and has been a guest lecturer to various non-profit organizations. She is an active volunteer in professional and service organizations in her community in Central Maryland. She graduated from Smith College, majoring in government, and received her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Cynthia received her law degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

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Posted by Linda | April 17, 2019
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Excellent attorney!
Cynthia helped us draw up our wills as well as our power of attorney documents for heath care and financial matters. She helped guide us through some difficult and emotional issues so that my husband and I were very comfortable with the outcomes. Cynthia was also very good in explaining recent changes in law and their practical implications in plain English.
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Posted by Audrey | April 12, 2019
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Cynthia Lawson is Awesome!
Cynthia spent a great deal of time assisting me with estate planning. She thoroughly and patiently explained the many rules of law and options available to ensure that the final estate documents cover alll required issues. Cynthia’s level of knowledge and kind, courteous service left me feeling extremely satisfied and comfortable with the decisions I made regarding my estate. Further, Cynthia’s rates were very reasonable - particularly given the exceptional service provided. It can often be difficult to find a trusted attorney, particularly when it comes to addressing matters as personal as estate planning - but I found that in Cynthia Lifson, and am very happy I did.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2019
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Supurb Attorney!
I hired Ms Lifson in the spring of 2016 at which time she took on the process of hañdling my extremely difficult divorce. From beginning to end she showed the utmost professionalism. Throughout the most difficult time of my life she was also very encouraging and uplifting jn her words and actions which helped me to get through it all. Her guidance was truly appreciated and spot on. I am so grateful for having such a wonderful and kind attorney on my side. Ms Lifson is truly worth her weight in gold! And we got it done!! Thank you, Cynthia!
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Posted by Catherine Coffey | April 2, 2019
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Retired USN
Thorough, patient and explained all reasoning behind the setting up of my estate. Cynthia made sure I understood all ramifications of my wishes. The most outstanding reason I would hire her would be that she really does care about her clients and what she can do for them. She walks the walk!
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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An attorney who cares about the client
Going through a divorce is hard. It really helped to have an attorney who understands that what the client is going through is more than just a matter of legal procedures. Ms. Lifson seemed to know just how to explain things and made the experience much more bearable.
Posted by Joanie | March 27, 2019
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The kind of lawyer you want on your side.
I can tell you from many years of experience of working with Cynthia that you will get top notch service. She is thorough and will take the time to explain what is needed so that you understand. I can highly recommend Cynthia for your estate planning needs as well as other things you might be looking for.
Posted by Lisa | March 27, 2019
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A competent, knowledgeable and kind attorney
My husband and I recently worked with Ms. Lifson to update our legal documents. She listened carefully and addressed all our concerns. I appreciated that she gave options when possible, clearly explaining the implications of each and giving advice as needed. She gave us time to consider what we wanted, and the documents were completed quickly once we had made our decisions. I was very pleased with our completed documents and continue to recommend Ms. Lifson highly.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Law Offices of Cynthia M. Lifson
  • 1993 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Circuit Court, Baltimore Maryland, The Honorable John N. Prevas
  • 1991 - 1992


  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • MA - Masters
  • 1978
  • Smith College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Howard County Collaborative Professionals
  • Education Committee Board member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 1997 - 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year, Community and Public Service
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office
  • ADR in a Box
  • 2018

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Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Cynthia Lifson for many years and have been a member of several professional organizations to which we both belong. She is a leader and a tireless contributor to those organizations. I have had cases where she was the attorney on the other side where she was always professional, well organized and informed about her client's goals and advocated for those goals. She appreciates the fact that the Court system is not always the best way to resolve a dispute. As a trained and experienced mediator, she is capable of acting as a neutral and assisting in resolving conflict in a respectful way. Her experience as a lawyer and her ability to understand the law is outstanding. She would be a good choice to handle your legal matter."
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Columbia Wills and living wills Lawyer Cynthia May Lifson
Cynthia May Lifson
Wills and living wills Attorney
Columbia, MD
Licensed for 31 years