Jennifer C. McManus

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Columbia, Maryland

ALLY Legal Planning
Jennifer C. McManus
ALLY Legal Planning

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 2011

Education: The University of Maryland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

ALLY Legal Planning

5560 Sterrett Pl
Suite 310
Columbia, MD 21044 Visit website


A zealous estate planning attorney with over a decade of legal experience, Jennifer C. McManus serves clients in the greater Baltimore metro area from the law firm Ally Legal Planning in Columbia, Maryland. Well-versed in all aspects of the law, she provides the most current estate planning services, enabling her clients to protect their wealth, plan their future and shape their legacy. She assists with the following matters:

  • Estate planning
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Asset protection
  • Special needs and health care planning
  • Tax planning
  • Premarital agreements
  • Business succession planning
  • Guardianships

Concentrating on criminal justice and psychology, Ms. McManus completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland in 1998. She pursued her legal education at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2011. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland (2011) and Virginia.

A Howard County, Maryland, native, Ms. McManus has earned a reputation for her straightforward advice and outstanding client services. She understands the importance of effective planning and timely communication and efficiently guides her clients through each step of the process. She also takes the time to explain complex tax and legal concepts to her clients. As a result, she has received many positive reviews and endorsements from her peers and former clients.

A frequent speaker at several seminars and conferences across Maryland, Ms. McManus maintains memberships in the Maryland State Bar Association, the Howard County Bar Association (HCBA) and the Virginia State Bar. She currently serves as the secretary of HCBA and is the former chair of its Estates and Trusts Section. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Howard County Estate Planning Council and has also taken part in the fundraising activities of Miller's Grant Mission Miles.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law

Focus areas

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

First Admitted: 2011, Maryland

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Maryland Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals: Seminar on Trust & Estate 1041s – The New Rules: 2014 – 2015
  • National Business Institute: Presentation on Estate Administration Traps: 2018
  • Maryland State Bar Association: Presentation to the Estates and Trust Section on ABLE Accounts: 2018
  • Community College of Baltimore County: Seminars regarding Estate Planning to Pre-Government Retirees: 2016 – 2019
  • Maryland Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals: Seminar on Maryland Probate & Estate Planning: 2014 – 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Chair of the Howard County Estate Planning Council, Social Development Committee, 2021 – present
  • Secretary for the Howard County Bar Association, 2021 – present
  • Miller’s Grant Mission Miles Fundraiser, Committee Member, 2021
  • Howard County Estate Planning Council, Board Member, 2020 – present
  • Recording Secretary for the Thunder Hill Elementary School PTA, 2018 – 2021
  • Chair of the Development Committee for the Community Foundation of Howard County, 2020 – present
  • Board Member for the Community Foundation of Howard County, 2017 – present
  • Howard County Bar Association, Member
  • Chair of the Howard County Bar Association, Estates and Trust Section,  2014-2019
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
Industry Groups:
  • Special Needs Planning

Office location for Jennifer C. McManus

5560 Sterrett Pl
Suite 310
Columbia, MD 21044

Phone: 410-826-1183


2 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

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