Christina K. Scopin, Associate

Christina K. Scopin, Associate

Estate Planning

cscopin@pasternakfidis.com

T 301.656.8850 Ext. 484

F 301.656.3053

7735 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814-6130


Education

B.A., University of Mary Washington

J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Bar Admissions

** Not barred in the state of Maryland

District of Columbia

Virginia

Christina is an associate in the Firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Group, where she focuses on the preparation of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

Christina received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. Christina is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Before joining Pasternak & Fidis, Christina was in private practice in Northern Virginia.

As a military child, Christina grew up throughout the United States, but now calls Maryland her home. In her free time, Christina enjoys cooking, biking, and working on her home with her husband, Ed.

Activities and Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar

Books

Publications

  • Linda J. Ravdin, The Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act: Overview and Background, in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Part XI (Gary N. Skoloff et al. eds., 2017)
  • “Premarital and Marital Agreements and the Migratory (Same-Sex) Couple,” Family Advocate, Spring 2016
  • “Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds: Efficient and Effective Charitable Giving,” Maryland Bar Journal
  • “Practical Drafting Under the Uniform Trust Code,” Wealth Strategies Journal
  • Anne W. Coventry and Linda J. Ravdin, “Premarital Agreements & Trusts,” Family Advocate, Fall 2015
  • “What Family Lawyers Need to Know About the ‘New’ Phased Retirement for Federal Government Employees,” Maryland Family Law Advocate, April 2015
  • “Premarital Agreements and the Migratory Same-Sex Couple,” Family Law Quarterly, Fall 2014
  • “Factor Premarital Agreements and Divorce Into Estate Plans,” Estate Planning Journal (WG&L), July 2014
  • “The Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act,” American Journal of Family Law, Spring 2014
  • “Divorce May Be Hazardous to Your Health: Health Care Issues Affecting Divorcing Spouses,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, December 2013
  • “Planning, Admin. in a Digital World,” The Maryland Bar Bulletin, September 2013
  • Co-author of Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, 2d (Maryland/Washington, DC chapter), European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters
  • “Web of Estate Planning Considerations for Digital Assets,” Estate Planning Journal, May 2013
  • “The New Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act,” Bar Bulletin, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., September 2012
  • “Premarital Agreements and the Young Couple,” American Journal of Family Law, Summer 2012
  • “Estate Planning in a Digital World,” Wealth Strategies Journal, June 20, 2012
  • “Making Pension Promises in a Prenup: The Impact of ERISA,” Family Advocate Winter 2011
  • “Premarital Agreements: Validity Is Not Enough,” Wealth Strategies Journal Online July 2011
  • “Interlocutory Appeals in Family Law Cases,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, July 2011
  • “Marital Agreements in Maryland,” Family Law News, Section of Family & Juvenile Law, Maryland State Bar Association, 2011
  • “FAQ about Premarital Agreements,” May 2011
  • “FAQ about Rights of Domestic Partners,” April 2011
  • “FAQ about Postnuptial Agreements,” Lawhelp.org/DC, March 2011
  • “The Collaborative Divorce Option in a Nutshell,” The Maryland Bar Bulletin, November 1, 2010
  • “Divorce Gets Even Hairier: Pets and Marital Dissolution,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, May 1, 2008
  • “Settlement of Spousal Support Claims When the Payor Is Approaching Retirement,” American Journal of Family Law, Spring 2008
  • “Making Premarital Agreements Litigation Proof,” 2008 Family Law Update, Aspen Publishers
  • “Beyond Traditional: Domestic Partners Can Use Trusts to Fulfill Their Estate-Planning Needs,” Legal Times
  • “No News Is Good News: Validity of Premarital Agreements and Cannon v. Cannon,” Family Law News, Section of Family & Juvenile Law, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., March 2005
  • “Alimony Drafting Tips,” Family Advocate, Spring 2003
  • Editor, District of Columbia Developments, Washington, DC Estate Planning Council Newsletter, 1995–2003
  • “Prenups to Protect Children,” Family Advocate, Winter 2002
  • “Thirty-Three Ways to Commit Malpractice with Private Retirement Benefits in Divorce,” Co-author, Journal of Asset Protection, May/June 1999
  • “Case Note: Krebs v. Krebs,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, February 2009

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