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MD General Assembly considers clarifying standards for Personal Representatives

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee has voted favorably on Senate Bill 321, which would define the term “serious crime” in the statute regarding prohibitions on certain individuals being appointed as Personal Representative in an estate.

Currently, Code Estates and Trusts Section 5, Article 105 does not allow a person who has been convicted of a “serious crime” to receive letters of appointment to serve as Personal Representative in an estate. The Code fails to define the term “serious crime”, which can lead to confusion when choosing someone to appoint as a Personal Representative in a Will, or when administering an estate.

If Senate Bill 321 (cross filed as House Bill 656) passes both houses of the General Assembly, “serious crime” would be defined as “a crime that reflects adversely on an individual’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to perform the duties of a Personal Representative”, including “fraud, extortion, embezzlement, forgery, perjury, and theft.”

SB321 and HB656 also address the definition of “serious crime” in regard to a Guardianship proceeding.

This bill was introduced during the 2013 General Assembly session as well, but stalled in the House Judiciary Committee. For more information on SB321 and to monitor its progress, please see the bill page here.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Jane Frankel Sims


Contact: Frank Campbell


Sims & Campbell Estates and Trusts

Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell
Merge to Form Sims & Campbell

Firm will offer comprehensive Trusts & Estates services through offices in Towson and Annapolis

TOWSON, Md. (April 26,2019)  Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell have jointly announced the merger of their firms to create a boutique Trusts & Estates law firm providing comprehensive services in the fields of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trust Administration and Charitable Giving. The combined firm will be named Sims & Campbell and have offices in Towson, Md. and Annapolis, Md.  Jane Frankel Sims and Frank Campbell will lead and hold equal ownership stakes in the firm.

Sims & Campbell will have 9 attorneys and 15 legal professionals that handle every facet of estate and wealth transfer planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, estate and gift tax advice, and charitable giving strategies.  The firm will focus solely on Trusts & Estates but will serve a wide range of clients, from young families with modest resources to ultra-high net worth individuals.  This allows clients to remain with the firm as their level of wealth and the complexity of related estate and tax implications change over time. 

“By joining forces, we have expanded our footprint to conveniently serve clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia” said Jane Frankel Sims.  We are seeing some of the greatest wealth transfer in our country’s history, and we want to continue to be on the leading edge of helping our clients maintain and enhance their family’s wealth.  In addition, we aim to serve our clients for years to come, and the new firm structure will allow Sims & Campbell to thrive even after Frank and I have retired.”    

“Jane and I have always admired each other’s firms and recognized the need to provide even greater depth and breadth of focused expertise to help families amass and protect their wealth from generation to generation,” said Frank Campbell.  “Now we have even greater capabilities to make a real difference for our clients.” 

The Sims & Campbell Towson office is located at 500 York Road, on the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Towson.  The Annapolis office is currently located at 716 Melvin Avenue, and is moving to 181 Truman Parkway in August, 2019.  For more information, visit www.simscampbell.law.