David L. Scull

David L. Scull

AV-Rated Bethesda, Maryland Estate Planning Attorney

Firm Overview

Serving clients throughout Maryland since 1971
At David L. Scull in Bethesda, our attorneys supply every case with the knowledge and skills we have acquired through our more than 44 years of combined legal experience. We are an estate planning law firm proficient in preparing wills, trust instruments and powers of attorney, and in implementing your estate plans. For his professionalism and ethics, attorney David L. Scull has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry.

Our associate Kelley E. Singer is also certified in alternative dispute resolution, qualifying her to handle any estate planning dispute without the stress and cost of a formal court proceeding through the use of mediation or arbitration. Our attorneys understand that probate or estate planning can be a foreign and somewhat intimidating process, and that it often occurs at the most emotional time. This is why our law firm emphasizes direct and honest communication, coupled with accessibility, in order to ensure your peace of mind throughout the process.

David L. Scull can help you with:
-General civil practice
-Estate planning
-Contested wills
-Estate litigation

Taking care of you
We take the time to learn about your situation about you, your family and your assets. We want to make sure your assets are passed on in the manner that you feel is most appropriate. Regardless of your legal matter, we always discuss our legal strategies with you and are always upfront about the likely costs and outcomes of your case.
Main Office
Main Office
7960 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 8C
Bethesda  MD  20814
  • 301-913-9660
Estate Planning
Experienced Maryland Trusts and Estates Attorneys
With more than 44 years of combined experience, the attorneys at David L. Scull possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Executorship duties
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate and will disputes
-Wills drafting and execution
-Estate planning

We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if they would be beneficial to your estate.
Experienced Maryland trust and estates attorneys help guide you through the process
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at David L. Scull have more than 44 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries.

The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

-Filing the will with the Maryland probate court
-Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
-Finding and collecting assets
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Paying estate taxes
-Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
Our attorneys assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to help in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys' professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client's beneficiary rights within the Maryland probate court.

David Scull


Mr. Scull is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-General civil practice
-Estate planning
-Estate litigation
-Contested wills

-Virginia, 1968
-Maryland, 1969
-District of Columbia, 1969
-Colorado, 1993

-University of Virginia, J.D., 1968
-Princeton University, B.A, 1965

-Capt., US Army, 1968-1971

Associations and memberships
-Maryland State Bar Association (Member, Committee on Estate and Trust Law)
-Colorado Bar Association
-American Bar Association (Chairman, Committee on Consumers' Rights, 1989-1993)
-The District of Columbia Bar
-Virginia State Bar

Biographical details
-Maryland House of Delegates, 1974-1981
-Montgomery County Council, 1981-1986
-Member, Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council
  • University of Virginia
    Juris Doctorate

Kelley E. Singer


Practice areas
-Trusts and estates

-Maryland, 2010

-The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2009
-University of Maryland, English, 2006

-Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    Juris Doctorate