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Douglas L Burgess

Estate planning Attorney at Phoenix, MD

5.0   36 reviews

also known as Doug Burgess

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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    assisting individuals and families in succession planning and estate transitions including wills, trusts, health care directives, life insurance trusts, disclaimer trusts, powers of attorney and life estate deeds

  2. Probate
    20%
    assisting the executors/personal representatives of deceased persons with the probate/estate administration process.

  3. Trusts
    20%
    assisting clients in strategy related to: making sure your assets are managed according to your wishes during your lifetime and after you have passed away.

  4. Wills and living wills
    20%
    assisting individuals and families in creating wills and trusts

  5. Business
    5%
    assisting clients in strategy related to: business purchase, acquisition and sale; restaurant purchase acquisition and sale; liquor license transfer; alcoholic beverages law

  6. Real estate
    5%
    assisting clients in strategy related to: commercial lease negotiations and drafting; commercial contract negotiations and drafting; monetizing assets or liens; documenting and enforcing creditor rights related to real estate including commercial loan documents, modification agreements, workouts, lift stays, foreclosures and deed in lieu

PROVIDING LEGAL SOLUTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU.
Providing legal solutions that work for you including:
 
Maryland Real Estate Law

Title Clearance

Private Lending with Real Estate as Collateral

Zoning and Development Matters
Adverse Possession, Prescriptive Easement
Attorney Title Certifications
Residential Contracts and Leases
Commercial Leases
Commercial Contracts
Real Estate Disputes
Letter of Intent 
 
 
Maryland Business Law

Business Disputes
Liquor Licensing or Alcoholic Beverages Law
Buy Sell Agreements
Business Formation
 

Maryland Wills and Trusts

Will/Trusts Disputes
Transition Binder
Probate Fees
Financial Planning Referral
Taxes
Asset Protection Planning
Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
Personal Representatives / Executors / Trustees / Guardians
Disclaimers
Trust Administration
Out of State Real Property
Estate Administration / Probate
Tax Id Number for the Estate
Letters of Administration
Advanced Directive for Health Care / Living Wills
Powers of Attorney
Deeds
Trusts
Wills

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2021,2017,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2021 2017 + 1 ...

Photos and videos

Our Jacksonville/Phoenix office located at 14214 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD 21131.
Our Perry Hall/Nottingham office located at 8640 Ridgley's Choice Drive, Suite 201A, Nottingham, MD.
Administrative Legal Assistants: Kelly & Colleen.  Kelly works out of our Perry Hall location, and Colleen is at the Jacksonville location.
Our attorneys from left to right: Thomas J. Renner (Of Counsel), Douglas L. Burgess (Attorney) and Amy K. Finneran (Of Counsel).
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Location

Burgess Law, LLC
Burgess Law, LLC
8640 Ridgelys Choice Drive
Suite 201A
Nottingham, MD, 21236
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Amanda | November 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful in estate & real estate issue
The Burgess firm helped my husband and I to draw up a contract of sale for some real estate that my husband had partially inherited, and we wanted to buy out the rest. Tom and Colleen were so helpful and did all the research, met with us, wrote the contract, and made edits for us within 10 days of our first appointment with them. They were so pleasant to work with and extremely responsive via both phone and email. We would definitely recommend the firm and use them again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Prepared Will, Financial POA, and Advance Directive for Healthcare. I was very satisfied with the office staff and Doug was very helpful with discussing my options. It was a very professional but friendly experience. Call me
Posted by Charles | July 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Updating our will
It was a pleasure to deal with this law firm. First dealing with Colleen and then dealing with Thomas Renner. They were both very helpful and very professional.
Posted by Helen | November 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review on Doug Burgess
He clarified any details of my Will that needed further explanation. He also gave me certain examples of scenarios that potentially could happen in certain situations. In addition, Mr. Burgess made sure I truly understood that a POA document would be very beneficial to me in the future. Very professional and knowledgeable.
Posted by Gerry | September 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Team
Doug and Amy were professional, efficient and caring. They walked me through a difficult and tedious estate situation with compassion and understanding.
Posted by Irma | September 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Very comfortable to work with and did a great job with estate documents I was in need of.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
POAs were a breeze!
Getting POAs drafted for and executed by an elderly relative can be stressful - especially when that person is home-bound. Colleen was prompt, thorough, and responsive to our concerns. Thank you for providing an in-home appointment to deliver, explain, and notarize the POAs. We are sleeping better knowing this is now resolved.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Burgess is an excellent attorney. He is experienced and knowledgeable. He has a particular skill of taking the complex and simplifying for his client to digest. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Posted by Mary | June 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust with your personal business.
Was referred by a family friend and saw that he was a 5-star attorney. Now I know why. He and his staff was exceptional, pleasant and helpful. Going over and replacing old documents was a hard time for me, but he made it easy and respectful. I would certainly call on him again, if needed.
Posted by Brittany | October 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Very Knowledgeable!
We worked with Burgess Law, LLC to prepare and finalize our wills, financial power or attorney, and advance directives. From the beginning, Doug, Colleen, and Kelly were very personable and accommodating. The approach they take makes the process seamless and efficient. They never rushed us or made us feel unimportant. Doug took the time to explain everything to us, from day one until the final signing. We would definitely recommend to our friends and family!
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Posted by Ken Garcia | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in class service
The Burgess law team helped us with the organization and launch of our small business. We needed legal team that understood complex transactions that cross over various state lines. The Burgess team is highly dependable, reasonably priced, and I would recommend their services to my network of friends and colleagues.
Posted by Amy | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Doug is great! Always very responsive and really is knowledgeable and has advised me on many issues from reviewing real-estate docusments to deceased clients and estates. I will continue to refer him clients. He is my goto lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Efficient Law Firm
Burgess Law Firm took interest in my case and effectively resolved my issue in a short period of time. Everyone was willing to listen to my specific situation - from the very first phone call throughout the entire process - and found resolution quickly that otherwise, could have turned into a long, drawn out ordeal. I would highly recommend Mr. Burgess and his team!
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Posted by A | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience
Doug Burgess, Amy, and everyone at Burgess Law was great! I needed new estate planning documents due to a divorce, and they made the process seamless. They are reasonably priced and efficient. I really like Mr. Burgess' style. He is thorough and knowledgeable, and explains everything well. His experience is evident, but he is not cocky about it - just seems like a nice guy at the same time as being very competent, and you don't always find that combination in lawyers or people in general. Anyway, it was a good experience and I would recommend hiring him for your estate planning needs. It is not a fun topic to think about, but it is much better to be prepared.
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Posted by Barb | June 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
STREAMLINED PROCESS
Even amid the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, Burgess Law provided a streamlined process for completing our legal documents. Doug's expertise and the professionalism of the entire staff are evident.
Posted by Timothy | November 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Doug was great!He took his time explaining everything about estate planning.He made it very easy to understand and was extremely professional.
Posted by Michael | May 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Constructive
After speaking to a couple of attorneys that were quick to rush us into retaining them, Mr. Burgess took the time, in our initial phone consultation, to attentively listen to our situation and provided valuable feedback that helped us determine whether we had a legitimate grievance and what steps to take next. We had a sense that he has a clear understanding of real estate law and provided an objective view of our rights and limitations. I feel comfortable moving forward with his services if the situation calls for it.
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Posted by Doris | February 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate planning and will preparation
Mr. Burgess took the time to explain all options regarding my will and estate planning. He guided me through the complexities of these decisions and made me feel comfortable with the terms of the process. His attention to detail is second to none. Thank you for all of your assistance!
Posted by Garrett | July 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
I had several issues with a property management company that I needed advice and direction on and Doug was kind enough to guide me in the right direction from a legal perspective. Doug was honest and straight forward with his recommendations which I highly value in people that I consult to help me solve problems.
Posted by Dan | April 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Skilled Attorney Who Provides Great Service
I could not be happier with the services provided by Doug Burgess. Mr. Burgess is the owner of a small firm called 'Burgess Law', and I retained his firm for a real estate (rental) matter. Doug is a consummate professional with decades of experience who provided the highest quality service I could have possibly asked for. He and his staff at the firm were tremendously helpful and were able to help me avoid a significant amount of costs I would have otherwise bore and reach a fair outcome that was absolutely a "win" for me. All communications were timely, information provided and requested was succinct, and my time was highly valued. I am confident I received the greatest value of service for the cost. I highly recommend Burgess Law to anyone in need of trustworthy, reliable, and dependable legal services or representation.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Burgess Law, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, Chtd
  • 1992 - 2015

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Hamilton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • PHILIP V. MICELI v. ROBERT FOLEY, 83 Md. App. 541 (1990)
  • Established precedent in Maryland Law on level of occupancy required for Adverse Possession.

Associations

  • Baltimore County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Chair, Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer
  • National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU)
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Contracts
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Property Committee
  • Commercial Real Estate Contracts
  • 2015
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Committee Meeting
  • 2015
  • Real Property Committee
  • Baltimore County Right of Ways Documentation
  • 2014
  • Maryland Financial Bank Advisory Board
  • Maryland Commercial Real Estate Loan (MDCREL) Documentation
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Loan Workout Collection
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Loan Documentation
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education
  • Location Drawings
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education
  • Deeds. Etc. - Not found in the Treatises
  • 2014
  • Consumer Education
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Douglas
Real estate Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have practiced law with Doug Burgess for over 30 years. First as partners at Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams, and for the past 1 ¾ years he and I share office space and are “Of Counsel” to each other’s separate law practices. Doug has established himself as a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer in all aspects of real estate matters from business formation, development, management, transactional work, sales and exchanges, and representing clients in real estate litigation. He also has a substantial estate planning and estate administration practice, including estate litigation. He ably represents restaurateurs in the management and transfer of restaurants and liquor licenses. He easily develops a friendly and caring relationship with his clients, which makes him a trusted adviser. Clients continually look to him for ongoing legal services."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Doug for over thirty years as a fellow student and as a lawyer. I know him to be an attorney of great competence and exceptional character. I would not, and do not, hesitate to consider Doug as a referral resource for those of my clients who would benefit from his experience and expertise."
Estate planning
Divorce and separation