Law Office of George A. Teitelbaum

Accomplished probate, estate administration, wills, elder law and trusts lawyer in the Washington - the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland. An attorney that cares.

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Firm Overview

The Probate Law Offices of George Teitelbaum offers affordable, experienced and caring legal services concentrating only on Probate and Estate Administration and Planning, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Elder Law throughout Washington, D.C., and Suburban Maryland. Our firm focuses on the following practice areas:
- Probate and Estate Administration
- Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney
- Elder Law - Guardianships and Conservatorships
- Estate litigation

Our knowledge and experience gained practicing law since 1983, enables us to provide effective legal strategies in probate law and estate administration and planning matters. Our offices are conveniently located near Metro stations in both D.C. and Maryland. The Maryland office has lots of easy and convenient parking only steps away. Contact us via fax, phone or e-mail to discuss your options.

Accessible, Responsive, Concerned, and Result-Oriented:
Our firm puts a premium on accessibility and responsiveness. We are friendly and caring, and we treat our clients with the full respect they deserve. Our law offices can assist clients to identify major objectives and formulate a corresponding action plan that is tailored to their needs. These objectives include:
- Providing for your immediate family
- Planning for incapacity
- Minimizing expenses
- Reducing estate taxes
- Easing the strain on your family after bereavement
- Choosing executors/trustees for your estate
- Helping a favorite charitable cause
- Timely distribution of properties to beneficiaries
- Orderly succession and continuation of a business

Once goals have been identified, our firm guides clients through the entire process. We work closely with clients to explain options and discuss choices. We are committed to achieving the best possible results.

Accomplished, Caring and Experienced:
The Law Offices of George A. Teitelbaum has been providing probate and estate planning legal advice to residents of Washington, D.C., and Maryland for well over twenty-five years. Among the firm's most notable accomplishments is its involvement in handling the legal-service plans of Chase Manhattan, American Express, Montgomery Ward's, and AARP.

We offer a wide variety of Probate, Probate Administration, Estate and Elder law services for clients throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland. For more information, please contact our law office today. Attorney George Teitelbaum also assists clients located out of state that may have legal issues in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Main Office

Main Office
1025 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1012
Washington  DC  20036

Phone
  • 202-429-5277
Probate
Probate is the court process needed to prove a will as authentic and carry out the wishes expressed in that will, and to properly administer the estate of the decedent.
It sounds simple, but in reality, it's not. The probate process is complex, confusing, and intimidating for most people. At the Law Offices of George A. Teitelbaum, we have many years of experience in probate and estate administration practice. We have earned a reputation for caring for our clients, as well as professionalism, efficiency and accuracy. We put all that experience to work for our clients, relieving them of the trouble associated with an overly complicated process. If you are facing estate administration and probate issues, contact us.

Our practice is focused on helping the personal representative of the deceased go through the entire probate process for the estate over which he or she is responsible, and to properly administer that estate until it can be closed. While the personal representative has final legal authority over the estate - subject to the court's oversight and approval - it is in truth the lawyer who does much of the work. At times he is assisted by an accountant, an actuary, or other professionals such as appraisers. We have been through this process many times. We guide and advise the personal representative every step of the way. We prepare all the required Court forms, inventories, accounts, petitions, and pleadings for the personal representative to review and sign prior to filing with the Court.

Prompt and Efficient Probate Service:
We assist the personal representative with all the actions enumerated above. We work with him or her to act quickly to avoid bills accumulating, to handle estate tax matters promptly to avoid foreclosure on their homes, to settle debts, and to secure assets. Our goal is simple: to facilitate the probate process in order to help our clients deal with the affects of a loved one's passing.

George A. Teitelbaum

Capable Washington, D.C. and Maryland probate, estate administration, and Elder Law attorney. A lawyer that cares.

George Teitelbaum has been practicing law since 1983. For many years, he has concentrated his practice exclusively on probate, estate administration, estate planning, wills, trusts, and elder law. He was selected as the Washington DC attorney for several major legal service plans, including those of Chase Manhattan, American Express and Montgomery Ward, helping thousands of satisfied clients with their legal problems. He has been a participating attorney with AARP, and has done volunteer work for the Legal Counsel for the Elderly.

George Teitelbaum is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and in Maryland, but has handled matters in other jurisdictions such as Virginia, on a pro-hac vice basis when needed.

In his legal practice, he has taken many cases to trial when necessary, but has settled many hundreds of disputes to the mutual satisfaction of his clients, sometimes involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the process, He has handled cases in such areas of concentration as:
- Probate Administration
- Probate Litigation
- Elder law
- Estate Planning
- Conservatorships and Guardianships
- Guardianship Litigation
- Wills, Simple and Complex
- Will contest Litigation
- Testamentary Trusts for Minors or for Estate Planning
- Living Trusts, for Estate Planning
- Durable Powers of Attorney for Health or Financial
- Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and Health Directives

Attorney Teitelbaum was the lead counsel for the landmark decision in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in the case of In Re Mollie Orshansky, 804 A.2d 1077 (2002). The Court of Appeals decided in favor of Mollie Orshansky, who was being forced into a nursing home by the District of Columbia Adult Protective Services, against her own wishes and those of her family, in spite of advance preparations she had made to be with her family in New York.

Attorney Teitelbaum was also the lead and responsible attorney for the decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in the case on In Re Ann Cooper Penning, 2007.DC181 (2007), resulting in a complete reversal of the lower court decision to appoint a conservator over the assets of Ann Cooper Penning, who was the author of the 1969 volume on Aid to Distressed Banks. The lower Court had decided against her expressed wishes, and disregarded her properly executed power of attorney.

He was also the lead and responsible attorney for a number of other probate cases that involved land contests, adverse possession, partition of real estate, and other probate and estate issues before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as well as the Circuit Courts of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980
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