Frank Campbell

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Annapolis, Maryland

Sims & Campbell, LLC
Frank Campbell
Sims & Campbell, LLC

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 2003

Education: Hofstra University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

Sims & Campbell, LLC

181 Harry S Truman Parkway
Suite 150
Annapolis, MD 21401 Visit website


Attorney Frank Campbell is the managing partner of the Sims & Campbell law firm in Annapolis, Maryland. Certified in estate planning and possessing more than 23 years of legal experience, Mr. Campbell is admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia and New York. He focuses his practice almost exclusively on estate planning, trusts, and estate and trust administration.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Campbell has achieved notable success assisting his clients with protecting their assets and planning for their eventual health care needs and other future contingencies. He finds great reward in being able to help his clients establish their final wishes and in creating a lasting legacy for their heirs and loved ones.

A 1993 graduate of Towson State University, Mr. Campbell obtained his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996. He also earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2012. Through his in-depth knowledge regarding state and federal tax laws, Mr. Campbell helps his clients reduce their estate's overall tax burden, thereby preserving the bulk of their wealth for future generations. A former military servicemember, he served as Judge Advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps before entering private practice.

Recognized for his success, he holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with a Leadership in Law designation, and he has received numerous other accolades from his peers. From his unwavering commitment to those he serves, Mr. Campbell has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A leader in his field, Mr. Campbell once served as chairman of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association's Estates and Trusts Committee as well as a member of the organization's board of trustees. He also conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to estate planning and administration.

Committed to his local community as well, Mr. Campbell volunteers his time and services with the YWCA of Anne Arundel County, and he has served on the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and other charitable organizations in his area.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 100% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1996, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • Adjunct Professor for Estates and Trusts, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Maryland
  • Member of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Planning Giving Committee, 2010
  • Chairman, Estate and Trusts Committee of the Anne Arundel Bar Association 2008-2011  
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, 1996-2002 General Counsel, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, 2005-2007
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Past Member of Board of Directors and currently Legal Advisor to the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, 2005
  • Board of Directors, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, 2014
  • Chairperson, Anne Arundel Medical Center Charitable Gift Planning Advisory Committee
  • Member of Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Board of Directors, 2011
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A 20 page scholarly paper summarized by the following excerpt: As more states revoked or modified their Rule Against Perpetuities laws, an increasing number of taxpayers created perpetual trusts designed to insulate the trust assets from transfer taxes in perpetuity.[1] In response to the increase in perpetual trusts, the Obama Administration has proposed a change to the generation skipping tax rules that would require all assets remaining in trust 90 years after the death of the Grantor will be subject to generation skipping tax.[2] Similarly, in 2005, the Joint Committee on Taxation proposed a limitation on allocation of generation skipping tax exemption to trusts that provide for distributions to descendants more remote than grandchildren.[3] This paper is a comment on such proposals to limit the duration that assets may remain exempt from generation skipping taxes.  I will discuss whether such proposals are necessary to accomplish the policy objectives of the transfer tax system.  In order to develop a conclusion, this paper will summarize the history of the United States transfer tax system in order to summarize the purpose underlying the transfer taxes.  I will then explain the recent proposal to limit the duration of the generation skipping tax exemption and include a conclusion as to the merit of such proposal based on the tax policies underlying the transfer taxes.  Finally, it is my conclusion that the ability to transfer to a perpetual trust an amount of assets equal to the generation skipping tax exemption does not frustrate the purpose of the estate and generation skipping tax. [1] Robert H. Sitkoff and Max M Schanzenbach, supra note 9 at 413. [2] general explanations of the administration’s fiscal year 2012 revenue proposals, Department of the Treasury, 129 (2011), available at [3] staff report of joint committee on taxation, supra note 6 at 393., Author, Allocation of Generation Skipping Tax Exemption to Perpetual Trusts, 2011
  • Maryland State Bar Association and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Lecturer
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Master of Laws- Taxation, 2012
  • Certificate in Estate Planning, University of Baltimore

Office location for Frank Campbell

181 Harry S Truman Parkway
Suite 150
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-885-1801


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