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Powers of Attorney & Advance Directives

At Sims & Campbell, we draft both durable general powers of attorney and advance directives for our clients. A power of attorney is a powerful legal document, and you should only sign one after speaking with an attorney knowledgeable in the field of estate planning.

Powers of Attorney

When you sign a power of attorney, you are appointing someone as your agent to act on your behalf. Your agent is bound to act in your best interest. If your agent abuses his or her power, the agent can be held legally accountable through the court system. It is critical that you designate an agent who has a history of acting responsibly, especially when it comes to finances.

Durable General Power of Attorney

Pursuant to this type of power of attorney, you appoint a person to manage your finances on your behalf. Because it is difficult to prove to a financial institution that a person is disabled, it is often best to have this power become effective upon signing, rather than upon disability. For this reason, it may not be advisable to give this power to your agent but rather let your agent know where he or she can find the power in the event that you become unable to manage your own affairs.

Advance Directive – Power of Attorney for Health Care/Living Will

The advance directive has the dual purpose of appointing someone to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself and expressing your preferences regarding artificial life support in the event of a terminal end-stage condition or persistent vegetative state. Advance directives are particularly important in the face of privacy laws that make it difficult for friends and family members to access your medical records or obtain medical information on your behalf.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jane Frankel Sims

410-828-7775

Contact: Frank Campbell

410-263-1667

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.