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Who are your children?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Since the invention of in vitro fertilization, interesting legal questions surrounding the process and the children born have occurred frequently. The State of Maryland and the United States Supreme Court both addressed the issue of posthumously conceived children this spring and the changes overlap with Social Security survivor benefits for those children.

The definition of “child” in the State code will include a child conceived from the genetic material of a decedent after such person’s death if such person consents in writing on or after October 1, 2012 (i) to have his or her genetic material used for posthumous conception; and (ii) to be the parent of a child posthumously conceived with the decedent’s genetic material. Also, the child must be conceived within 2 years of the decedent’s death for the posthumous child to be considered a child of the decedent.

By defining child to include posthumously conceived children as long as the criteria above are met, the State will allow these children to inherit from their deceased parents under state intestacy law.

In May, the United States Supreme Court published their decision in Astrue v Capato, which states that it is proper for the Social Security Administration to apply state intestacy laws to determine whether a posthumously conceived applicant is eligible for Social Security survivors’ benefits as a child of the deceased parent.

Therefore, as of October 1, 2012, so long as all requirements are met, a posthumously conceived child shall be considered a child of the decedent. In addition, as a result of the decision in Astrue v Capato, such child will be eligible for Social Security survivors’ benefits.


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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.