Stephen R. Elville
Top rated Elder Law attorney in Columbia, MarylandElville and Associates, P.C.
As Managing Principal and Lead Attorney at Elville and Associates, Stephen R. Elville represents clients in Columbia, Maryland, and the surrounding Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. His legal practice is focused on matters of estate planning, special needs planning, elder law, estate administration, elder law, asset protection, and tax planning.
Mr. Elville is admitted to practice in the state of Maryland, and before the United States Tax Court and the Maryland Court of Appeals. He attended the University of Baltimore and graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts, then moved on to the University of Baltimore School of Law. There he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor and cum laude with his Master of Laws.
A member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Elville is also actively involved with the Maryland State Bar Association. With pride in the attentive service he offers, he works with families and individuals to offer solutions to complex problems that many families deal with every day. With a personalized, unique approach, he has worked with families in crisis many times and is a level headed when emotions are running high, working to offer peace of mind to clients through his calm, warm demeanor, always offering clients a path forward when meeting with them.
His practice areas also extend to the following: IRS tax controversy, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income, nursing home selection, guardianships, fiduciary representation, Medicaid planning and qualification, advance medical directives and powers of attorney. Mr. Elville has an Avvo “Superb” rating and is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.
Elville and Associates' mission is to provide practical solutions to its clients’ needs through counseling, education, and superior legal-technical knowledge. The firm's focus on education is reflected in many ways; namely:
-- Through its planning processes with our clients.
-- Through over 100 educational webinars and workshops in the communities it serves each year.
-- By way of its accredited Client Care Program – only one of two firms in Maryland to have a "CCP" accredited by the Client Care Academy in Boston.
The firm also works with the ideals of client education, collaboration, and compassion in mind with every client, every time.
Practice areasElder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Consumer
Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Tax Law, Trusts, Wills
- 40% Elder Law
- 40% Estate Planning & Probate
- 20% Tax: Consumer
First Admitted: 2001, Maryland
Professional Webpage: https://elvilleassociates.com/our-attorneys/stephen-r-elvill...
- University of Baltimore, B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), summa cum laude
- University of Baltimore, LL.M. (Master of Laws), cum laude
- National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, Member
- Maryland Court of Appeals
- American Bar Association
- Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section Council of the Maryland Bar, 2018
- Academy of Special Needs Planners, Member
- National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Member
- Member of Brain Injury Association of Maryland, 2020
- Howard County Bar Association Estates & Trusts and Elder Law Sections, Past Chair
- United States Tax Court
- Maryland State Bar Association Elder Law Section Council, Member
- (current) Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc. (non-profit) -- Founder and President, 2014
- Law Day Maryland, Chair, 2015
- (current) Charitable Gift Planning Advisory Committee for Anne Arundel Medical Center (CGPAC), Member, 2020
- Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS), Past President
- Law Day Maryland, Chair, 2016
- Law Day Maryland Chair, 2017
- Honored with a Feature Story about the Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc., in Super Lawyers Magazine -- the non-profit corporation he formed in 2014 with the mission of improving the quality of life of children of all ages by providing them the opportunity to learn music theory and application, experience cultural events related to the musical and creative arts, and to use music and the promotion of music-related activities to transcend social and economic divisions, 2017
- The Importance of Updating and Maintaining Your Estate Plan, Updating Your Estate Plan, 2022
- Elville and Associates’ Managing Principal and Lead Attorney Stephen Elville offers this webinar discussion about the very important topic of how to select a Trustee. Choosing a Trustee is one of the most intensive pieces of the estate planning process, and a choice not to be taken lightly. Ensure you’re educated about all the factors that go into making this important decision. Points of emphasis include: — What is a Trustee and what are their responsibilities? — Types of Trustees and their characteristics – advantages and disadvantages — The perfect Trustee – setting the benchmark for selection — Trustee selection – why is it so important? — Trustee succession and plan design – why so difficult, why so crucial? — Trustee roles in Wills and Trusts — What are some reasons to consider appointing a Corporate Trustee? — Why should you be concerned about “Successor Trustee risk”?, Trustee Selection - How to Choose the Right One for You, 2022
- he Veterans Asset Protection Trust is a powerful tool for individuals and families who are eligible for the VA Aid & Attendance pension benefit. Contact Elville and Associates today to learn how the "VAPT" can help you achieve your planning goals and qualify for these valuable benefits. Elville and Associates - Planning for Life, Planning for Legacies., Learn About the Veterans Asset Protection Trust, 2022
- Many people want to achieve excellence in their estate planning – to establish an estate plan that works as intended – one that will stand the test of time, accomplish personal goals and priorities, provide for the disposition of assets in the desired way to the persons and/or organizations of choice, controlling costs, and setting forth values, ideas, concepts, and aspirations – organized by leading-edge legal-technical concepts that are up to date at the time of death, and guided by highly instructional letters of wishes or memorandums. Yet few people understand the kind of estate planning process necessary for the realization of this ideal, and even fewer people are offered the opportunity to participate in the kind of process necessary to facilitate the same. To say that achieving true excellence in estate planning is akin to successfully sailing around the world alone is not an exaggeration. It takes all of the stuff of legend, including purpose, persistence, patience, and introspection; partnership with your estate planning attorney and an adequate process forward (facilitated by the attorney); maintenance and updating of the estate plan over time; and more. In short, true excellence in estate planning requires being extremely intentional. In this webinar, Stephen R. Elville, Managing Principal and Lead Attorney with Elville and Associates, P.C., will lead a discussion about Intentionalism in estate planning. Topics of discussion will include: Why being intentional in estate planning matters; Understanding the risks in estate planning; Why knowing what you want out of estate planning matters; Avoiding estate plan failure; Maintenance and updating; The importance of Partnership, How to Achieve Perfection for Your Planning - Intentionalism in Estate Planning, 2023
- Supported Decision Making (SDM) involves persons with disabilities being able to make their own decisions to whatever extent they can, provided that they have enough support to do so. Now law in Maryland, Supported Decision Making represents a huge breakthrough for living with disabilities, as it does not take away their rights of self-determination; rather, it allows them to appoint a supported decision maker, even if they are under guardianship. However, this dramatic paradigm shift brings with it the element of risk, potential confusion for parents and others, and unanswered questions. In this webinar, Elville and Associates’ Managing Principal and Lead Attorney Stephen Elville will explore the new Supported Decision Making law and its possibilities for loved ones with disabilities. This webinar focuses on the new promise of SDM for persons with disabilities and the current status of this alternative to guardianship and potential guardianship supplement, and how SDM has the potential to affect and change so many lives, including those of family members and other supporters. Learning objectives include: Understanding Supported Decision Making under the new law, what it is, what is its purpose, and what is its current status? What is its promise in Maryland? What are the problems? What Supported Decision Making is not. What is Supported Decision Making’s relationship to powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and guardianship? How Supported Decision Making works, how it can benefit loved ones with disabilities, and its current status in Maryland., Supported Decision Making for Loved Ones with Disabilities - Breaking Through 2.0, 2023
- History and evolution of irrevocable trusts in Medicaid planning Introduction and General Concepts Federal and State Law Grantor Trust Rules Medicaid Asset Protection Trust - Overview Nuts and Bolts – Trust Design Operational Mechanics and Nuances Administration During Grantor’s Lifetime and at Death Examples, Questions, and Answers, Pre Need Planning – Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts – Drafting and Implementation, Attorneys - In Conjunction With The Maryland State Bar Association, 2023
- Many critical mistakes can occur when planning for a loved one with special needs, along with the perils that exist for persons with disabilities when no planning is implemented for them. Bill Hufnell, Founder and Principal at Bay Point Wealth, and Stephen R. Elville, Managing Principal and Lead Attorney of Elville and Associates, discuss the biggest mistakes in special needs planning, what the ramifications are, and how to overcome and avoid them., 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs, 2023
- A Welcome Video to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab employees and their families, A Welcome Video to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Employees, Engineering, 2022
- An introduction to Elville and Associates' Client Care Program. As one of only two firms in Maryland to have a Client Care Program accredited by the Client Care Academy in Boston, the firm's "CCP" encourages clients to maintain and update their plans over time with a program that includes a robust set of benefits for members and their families. , Elville and Associates' Client Care Program , 2022
- An Introductory Video to Elville and Associates, Elville and Associates' Introductory Video, 2022
- This video encourages individuals and families to start the year off right by beginning or updating their estate planning with Elville and Associates - a firm that believes in client education and a process that will ensure planning works as intended throughout life and at administration., Get Your Estate Planning Started in 2022!, 2022
- As a leader in special needs planning, Steve Elville and Elville and Associates have been blessed to work with hundreds of families and their loved ones with disabilities over the years. Through client education, collaboration, and compassion, we offer a path forward, create solutions for our clients, and time for them to think as we structure a plan to help improve their loved one's quality of life both now and into the future., Elville and Associates' Special Needs Planning, 2022
- Mr. Elville presents at approximately 75+ venues and webinars each year, ranging from quarterly Client Care Program continuing legal education events, special needs planning presentations at schools and symposiums, estate planning essentials workshops at various venues, quarterly estate and trust administration and trustee selection workshops, six continuing education Advisors' Forums each year for CFPs, CPAs and other professionals, and many, many more. Some of his presentations are available on the firm's YouTube Page, which can be found at the link above, Elville and Associates' YouTube page, Clients, General Public, Financial Advisors, 2021
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2022
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, 2018
- , named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2021
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2020
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, 2017
- Recipient of the Mark Geraci Tax Scholarship Award, 2001
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, 2019
- named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list, 2015
- Describes the importance of moving forward and establishing one's estate plan - even if it is not "perfect" from the very beginning. Trusting in a lifetime process of maintaining and updating the plan will enable the planning to become perfected over time., Author, "Just Do Your Estate Planning" - Perfection Will Come Through a Lifetime Process, www.elvilleassociates.com, 2023
- This articles describes what has transpired since supported decision making passed in October 2022, and also talks about March being Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and what that entails and means to families and loved ones with disabilities., Author, March Is Developmental Disabilities Month - and Supported Decision Making Is Taking Off in Maryland, 2023
- Describes in detail everything that went into finally getting the new supported decision making law passed in the state of Maryland. , author, The New Maryland Supported Decision Making Law Explained The 2022 Miracle in Annapolis – “It’s a Start”, 2023
- a summary of the challenges Medicaid and Home and Community-Based Services are facing in Maryland, author, Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services in Maryland – An Unfolding Tragedy? The Doors Are Falling Off, elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- an article encouraging people to plan for their life ahead and plan for their future legacy, author, Catch the Spring Spirit of Planning for Life Ahead, elvilleassociates.com
- an article discussing the remote contingent beneficiary designation, author, The Remote Contingent Beneficiary — Can the World’s Saddest Estate Planning Provision Actually Make You Happy?, elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- a message about charitable endowments on behalf of Mr. Elville's charitable foundation he founded in 2014 - the Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc., author, A $1 Million Charitable Endowment? A Message from the Elville Center for the Creative Arts, elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- an article about the challenges we as a society were/are facing with COVID and how we can all get through them by working together, author, The State of "Us" (The Heroes), elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- an article about the potential tax increases set forth by the current Administration, author, Potential 2021-2022 Tax Increases – What You Should Know and What You Can Do About Them, elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- an article about Mr. Elville's documentary film he is producing about supported decision making in Maryland, author, https://elvilleassociates.com/supported-decision-making/, elvilleassociates.com, 2021
- Formerly advised the Genworth Network
- Presented to group of attorneys at Maryland State Bar Association regarding how to build a successful elder law practice from the ground up along with best practices, Presented to group of attorneys at Maryland State Bar Association regarding how to build a successful elder law practice from the ground up along with best practices, Guest Presenter, Maryland State Bar Association, 2020
- Lecturer at Villa Julie College
- Guest Lecturer for the National Business Institute
- Guest Presenter for Bloomberg BNA, 2015
Office location for Stephen R. Elville
7100 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
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