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Why Sign my Will in my Attorney’s Office?

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Why Should I Sign a Will in my Lawyer’s Office?

Once your attorney has finalized your Will for your signature, you might not feel compelled to take the time to sign the Will at your attorney’s office. Perhaps executing the Will seems self-explanatory to you. Perhaps your attorney’s office is not located in close proximity to your residence. Perhaps your occupation does not permit to you to visit your attorney’s office during business hours. Regardless, it is very important to sign your Will in the presence of your attorney for the following reasons.

First, disinterested witnesses will be present at your attorney’s office to observe the execution of your Will. A disinterested witness is an individual who is at least eighteen years old, is not related to you and is not included as a beneficiary under your Will. If you execute your Will at home, it is much more likely that the only witnesses available will be family members who may be beneficiaries under your Will or individuals who might have legal claims to your estate. In the event that your Will is not witnessed by disinterested individuals, your estate runs the risk of a claim of undue influence by a person challenging your Will.

Second, your attorney and the disinterested witnesses act as third parties to the signing, who can testify truthfully to the execution of your Will and your mental capacity at the time of the signing. The witnesses to the execution of your Will become very important in the event that there is a challenge to the validity of your Will after your death.

Third, the Maryland Code has certain requirements for the number of witnesses to your Will. If you do not have the proper number of witnesses, your Will may be deemed invalid.

Fourth, if you had a Will prior to the one most recently drafted, your attorney will make sure it is properly revoked.

Lastly, your attorney may offer to store your fully executed original Will in the firm’s vault for safekeeping. This provides you with assurance that your Will will not be misplaced or destroyed.

For more information about Wills and other estate planning documents, contact Frankel Sims Law at (410) 828-7775.

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Contact: Jane Frankel Sims

410-828-7775

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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.