Estates and Trusts

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When you want the best service and deepest experience in estate planning, estate and trust administration, family law, premarital agreements, and fiduciary litigation Pasternak & Fidis can help you.


Linda J. Ravdin, Partner

Premarital Agreements
Divorce and Family Law
Separation and Divorce
Child Custody and Support

Linda J. Ravdin

Premarital Agreements and the Migratory Couple

A premarital agreement is a contract between persons intending to marry.  It determines spousal rights when the marriage ends by death or dissolution.  All states enforce properly made premarital agreements.  However, laws governing validity vary among the states.  What if a couple signs a premarital agreement in Virginia and later moves to Maryland?  Will a […]

Alex Tanouye Speaks on The Elective Share at MSBA Annual Meeting

During the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting last week, Partner Alex Tanouye spoke on efforts to reform Maryland’s antiquated elective share laws, which are intended to protect surviving spouses from disinheritance (or impoverishment). Presently, the surviving spouse of a Maryland decedent may elect to take a one-third or one-half “elective share” of the decedent-spouse’s probate estate […]

Jan White helps bring the Collaborative process to the estates and trust field

Partner Jan White recently participated in a three-day training of other professionals in Collaborative Resolution of probate disputes, the first training of its kind in the country sponsored by a court.  The newly trained attorneys will resolve disputes in Prince George’s County Orphan’s court on behalf of unrepresented litigants.  The Collaborative Process, now widely used in […]