B.S., Florida State University
J.D., Emory University School of Law
District of Columbia
Stephanie Perry is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and she is admitted to the Bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Georgia. Stephanie concentrates her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration and premarital and domestic partnership agreements.
Stephanie advises clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives and also with respect to the proper administration of estates and trusts. In estate planning, Stephanie’s goal is to provide each client with a plan that will meet the client’s personal objectives and that will also preserve wealth and minimize transfer tax liabilities. In estate and trust administration, Stephanie strives to make what can be a very challenging process as manageable and efficient for clients as possible. According to Stephanie, the most rewarding aspect of her practice is “getting to know clients and their families and serving as a trusted adviser who will help them achieve their primary objective of taking care of family.”
Stephanie also works closely with the Firm’s domestic relations attorneys on premarital and domestic partnership agreements. Stephanie’s primary objective in working with clients in these matters is to make sure a client is properly educated, understands his or her rights and concludes the process with an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Stephanie received her B.S. in Political Science and English from Florida State University in 2001. In 2004, Stephanie received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing in Atlanta for six years, she joined Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. in 2010.
Stephanie has been recognized by Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the areas of estate planning and probate for 2015 and 2016. Stephanie is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community of the District of Columbia Bar, and she serves as chairperson of the Legislation and Public Statements subcommittees. Stephanie is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County.
An unwavering believer in the power of education, Stephanie serves on the Board of Trustees of the Washington School for Girls, an all-girls, tuition-free private school located in the District of Columbia that provides education and support to economically disadvantaged 3rd through 8th grade students and their families in order to prepare them for success in high school and beyond.
The District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act allows an adult D.C. resident who is terminally ill (i.e., medically confirmed to have less than six months to live) to request medication to voluntarily end his or her life.
In order for a patient to participate in the Death with Dignity program, the following requirements must be met:
What is a Power of Appointment?
A power of appointment is a power given to a person (oftentimes under a trust) which enables the person to designate who will receive property or an interest in property. The person who creates the power of appointment is the donor; the holder of the power is the powerholder; and the possible recipients of the property are the permissible appointees.
A power of appointment may be general or limited. A general power of appointment is a power that the powerholder may exercise in favor of himself, his estate, his creditors or the creditors of his estate. A nongeneral power of appointment is commonly referred to as a limited (or special) power of appointment and may be exercised in favor of… MORE >