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Christina K. Scopin, Associate

Christina K. Scopin, Associate

Estate Planning

Estate and Trust Administration


T 301.656.8850 Ext. 484

F 301.656.3053

7101 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1025
Bethesda, MD 20814


B.A., University of Mary Washington, summa cum laude

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

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


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 Maryland, 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


  • Estate Planning Lunch Series: Back to Basics: Giving Power to Your Powers of Attorney (2020)


  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – Estate Planning & Probate (Maryland and DC, 2019-21)
  • Bethesda Magazine – Rising Stars – Top Estates Attorneys in Montgomery County (2018)
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Blog Posts

October 7, 2021

Avoiding Probate with the Right Plan

Often, when meeting with a client to discuss their estate planning, one of the first questions is, “How can I avoid probate?” Probate can be a source of anxiety for clients who want to avoid imposing on their loved ones what they envision as a long list of cumbersome tasks after their death.

Probate is the process by which a decedent’s will is carried out and, depending on the nature of the assets involved, requires varying levels of court involvement. Typically, probate assets are those assets a decedent owned in his or her sole name that do not go to a designated beneficiary. The probate court appoints the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, and monitors payment of the decedent’s debts, compliance with mandatory notification… MORE >