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Lee Carpenter

Estate planning Attorney at Baltimore, MD

5.0   15 reviews

About Lee

Learn Lee’s areas of practice.

Lee Carpenter is a Maryland attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and administration, trusts, and general business and corporate law. His estate-planning work includes helping same-sex couples and other members of the LGBTQ community.

Mr. Carpenter works with clients of all backgrounds to develop comprehensive estate plans using wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, real estate deeds, and other planning tools. Depending on the client’s individual needs, he may also prepare trust documents to help reduce estate taxes, provide for minor children, or care for people on public assistance.

  • Estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives
  • Probate & estate administration
  • LGBTQ legal matters
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Real estate deeds
  • Legal name changes
  • Corporate law, including formation of corporations and LLCs
  • Real estate matters, including leases and contracts of sale for commercial and residential properties

Mr. Carpenter teaches Estates & Trusts at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law as an adjunct professor. He has attained the Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP) designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

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Licensed for 15 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 07/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Niles Barton & Wilmer, LLP
111 South Calvert Street
Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD, 21202


5.0 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Walter | May 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience.
Lee was friendly and knowledgeable. He completely reworked our estate plan which was about 10 years old. Would highly recommend Lee Carpenter for your estate planning needs!
Posted by Michelle | May 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to work with
We very much appreciated Lee's help with getting things in order given the unique issues of our family. He was thorough and understood what we wanted. Much appreciated.
Posted by Joe | January 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful Estate Planning
I hired Lee for estate planning after a helpful and friendly consultation. Lee made the process easy with clear language, specific steps, and explanations. I look forward to working with Lee for legal needs in the future.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Lee was knowledgeable, succinct and approachable in our meeting. He was highly recommended by a trusted friend. I recommend him.
Posted by Nina Wheeler | June 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Lee was very professional, patient and extremely helpful with his knowledge and advise. We would definitely recommend Lee time after time. Lee was such a pleasure to work with!!! The Klebe Family
Response from Lee Carpenter June 22, 2021
Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure working with your family, and I'm glad you found the experience to be so positive.
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
estate planning
Lee is easy to relate to, listens, and knows his stuff. He prefers plain language to legalese and he accommodated to all of our unique preferences and needs,
Posted by Richard | November 16, 2020
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Intelligent and Personable
Lee advised my wife and I how to establish our estate legal papers so that a trust would be created for an heir with special limitations. To me, this did not seem easy at the outset. But, Lee made everything clear and advised me of my options and their ramifications. I now have an estate lawyer who knows my needs, and all of the legal documents I need to cover my life events. And, I have great peace of mind. Lee is a terrific person, and I am very glad that I found him.
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Response from Lee Carpenter November 19, 2020
Thanks very much for your thoughtful comments. It was a pleasure working with you, and I'm glad the experience was so positive. One of the greatest benefits of estate planning can be simple peace of mind, and I'm happy to know that we helped to provide some for you and your family.
Posted by Roger | November 5, 2020
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Probate Attorney
Lee Carpenter provided Probate services related to the death of my brother who lived in Baltimore. This situation was made more difficult by the fact that I live in Los Angeles. Lee put me in touch with a Baltimore funeral home, a Baltimore Real Estate agent, and efficiently handled all matters related to my brother's estate. Lee has excellent communication skills, both by telephone and email. He provided me with frequent and detailed progress reports, and quickly responded to any questions that I submitted. I would highly recommend hiring Lee as a Probate Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2020
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Excellent Service. Took the time to ask all relevant questions. Was very patient and informative.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2020
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Personable and efficient
Lee did our wills for us and it was incredibly easy and efficient. He was full of helpful guidance and was extremely personable and efficient.
Response from Lee Carpenter July 22, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate your taking the time out to share your experience. It was a real pleasure working with you, and I’m glad you found it to be an easy and efficient process. I am fortunate to have clients like you and will look forward to other opportunities to be of service.
Posted by James | July 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
My partner of 24 years and I were looking for assistance with wills and other legal documents. Lee was professional, kind, empathic and met our needs beyond expectations, particularly as this was during the pandemic. We felt safe and secure and are grateful to Lee and his colleagues for their professional service.
Posted by Irvine Nugent | August 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Lee preparing our estate planning documents. Lee came highly recommended and I can understand why. He made the whole process extremely easy, covering every angle we needed to think of. He offered suggestions from his rich experience and provided wonderful guidance. I felt the pricing was for the work that was completed was very competitive. Overall we could not be happier with our experience and would not hesitate to recommend him if you are looking for something to work with on your estate planning.
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Posted by Michael | September 14, 2016
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Very pleased
My spouse and I worked with Lee Carpenter to update our wills and other end-of-life documents. Mr. Carpenter was very professional and thorough but was also very personable and approachable. We accomplished our goals with a minimum of stress and would be happy to work with him on future legal matters should the need arise.
Posted by Anthony | September 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and efficient
Lee had listened at out first consultation, so the documents that he prepared were exactly what we hoped for. He is thorough, affable, and responsive. His manner and his work inspire confidence.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
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writing of new wills
Over four decades three different attorneys from three different law firms of good reputation worked with my husband and me to write our wills. Now, having worked with Lee, we found a professional who makes the will writing process smooth and efficient, has the ability to explain vague legal language in practical terms and has sufficient experience to suggest options when complicated circumstances exist. Lee also has a fine sense of humor. When the time comes to update our wills we will continue to work with Lee.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Niles Barton & Wilmer, LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Associate
  • Semmes Bowen & Semmes
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Summerfield, Willen, Silverberg & Limsky
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Dean's Fellow
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Editor in Chief
  • Journal of Business & Technology Law
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Judicial Intern
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Maryland University College
  • B.A., cum laude
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Blocked Family's Attempt to Annul Deceased Daughter's Marriage
  • The surviving spouse received a full inheritance.


  • Baltimore Estate Planning Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • FreeState Justice
  • Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Planned Giving Task Force
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Walters Art Museum Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • LGBTQ Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Association, Section of Estate and Trust Law
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Homeland Association, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP)
  • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • 2022
  • Professional Advisor Recognition Society
  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • 2016
  • William P. Cunningham Award
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2006


  • Baltimore Barrister
  • LGBT Estate Planning & Same-Sex Marriage
  • 2015
  • Baltimore Barrister
  • LGBT Estate Planning & Same-Sex Marriage
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Working with the LGBTQ Community
  • Legal Needs of LGBTQ Individuals (CLE)
  • 2019
  • Professional Advisor Seminar
  • LGBT Estate Planning and the Benefits of Marriage
  • 2018
  • Estate Planning from A to Z
  • Planning for Unmarried and Remarried Couples (CLE)
  • 2018
  • PSA Speaker Series
  • LGBT Estate Planning and the Benefits of Marriage (CLE)
  • 2017
  • Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide
  • Common Trust Structures (CLE)
  • 2017
  • Trusts from A to Z
  • Testamentary Trusts & Legal Ethics (CLE)
  • 2016
  • The ‘What Ifs’ of Estate Planning for Couples, Married or Not
  • Estate Planning and the Benefits of Marriage
  • 2016
  • Lunch and Learn at the Baltimore Symphony
  • Estate Planning: What You Need to Know
  • 2016
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning from A to Z
  • Planning for Unmarried & Remarried Couples (CLE)
  • 2015
  • Estate and Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples
  • Same-Sex Marriage (CLE)
  • 2014
  • Estate & Financial Planning for LGBT Seniors
  • Estate Planning for LGBT Seniors
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee Carpenter is an exceptional attorney. His breadth of knowledge of trust and estates law is unparalleled. Equally important, he takes the time to explain the complexities of estate planning to his clients. I should know because I am a client. I highly recommend Lee to anyone in need of a will or trust, or review of same."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lee is an excellent estate attorney. He is caring, detail oriented, and service driven."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee is an attentive, caring attorney who truly looks out for the best interests of his clients. I highly recommend Lee!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"Lee is one of most thoughtful, caring and skilled practioners I know. His conscientious, client-centered approach is apparent in all of his work. Lee has done my estate plan, and I recommend him without hesitation."
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