Stephanie Perry, Managing Partner

Stephanie Perry, Managing Partner

Estate Planning

Estate and Trust Administration

Premarital Agreements

T 301.656.8850 Ext. 425

F 301.656.3053

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


B.S., Florida State University

J.D., Emory University School of Law

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia



Stephanie Perry is the Managing Partner of Pasternak & Fidis, and she concentrates her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and premarital and domestic partnership agreements.

Stephanie advises clients in the preparation of estate planning documents, and she also counsels clients with respect to the 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, while also preserving wealth and minimizing 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.

Stephanie is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is admitted to the Bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Georgia.  She has been recognized as one of the area’s top estate planning attorneys by Washingtonian and in 2018, Bethesda Magazine named Ms. Perry as one of the top 17 estate lawyers in Montgomery County, Maryland, as recommended by her peers; she has also been recognized by Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of estate planning and probate every year since 2015.  Ms. Perry is past Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar, and she is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Perry received her B.S. in Political Science and English from Florida State University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  After practicing in Atlanta for several years, she joined Pasternak & Fidis.

An unwavering believer in the power of education, Ms. Perry serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington School for Girls (WSG), an all-girls, tuition-free private school.  Located in the District of Columbia, WSG provides access to education and support to 3rd through 8th grade students and their families in order to prepare them for success in high school and beyond.  The Firm has also fervently supported WSG for several years.

Activities and Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Estate and Trust Law Section, Taxation Law Section)
  • District of Columbia Bar (Past Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community)
  • Virginia State Bar (Trusts & Estates Section, Taxation Section)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Estates and Trusts Section)
  • Montgomery County Estate Planning Council
  • State Bar of Georgia (Fiduciary Law Section)


  • “The Marital Deduction,” Maryland State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Estates and Trust Sections & Continuing Legal Education Department’s Continuing Education Seminar on Using and Drafting Trusts in Estate Planning (2019)
  • “Asset Protection: Trusts and Marital (Premarital and Postmarital) Agreements,” Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting (2019)
  • “Don’t Trip Up the Step-Up: The Importance of Basis Adjustment Planning,” D.C. Bar, Estate Planning Tax Lunch Series (2019)
  • “Planning to Avoid Conflict in Blended Families,” ACTEC Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (2018)
  • “Using and Drafting Trusts in Estate Planning,” Maryland State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • “Review of 2015 Heckerling Institute,” Montgomery County Bar, Estates & Trusts Section, Potomac, MD
  • Panelist, “Back to Basics: Powers of Appointment,” District of Columbia Bar, ETPL Section


Blog Posts

January 29, 2018

The District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act

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:

  • The patient must be capable of communicating health care decisions to health care providers on his or her own; an agent may not make the request on behalf of a patient.
  • The patient must make two oral requests (separated by at least 15 days) and one written request to an attending physician.
  • The written request requires two witnesses, one of whom cannot be a relative, someone entitled… MORE >
October 1, 2013

Powers of Appointment: A Powerful Estate Planning Tool

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 >