Micah A. Bonaviri

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Rockville, Maryland

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
Micah A. Bonaviri
Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate

Licensed in Maryland since: 2011

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2021

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

1101 Wootton Pkwy
Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852 Phone: 301-838-3235 Email: Micah A. Bonaviri Visit website


Building relationships and understanding each client’s goals and objectives defines Micah Bonaviri’s approach to handling estate planning matters. He uses his knowledge of legal and tax issues to instill confidence in his clients, while quickly establishing their level of comfort with him. Micah guides individuals and families as they consider wealth preservation, succession planning and charitable gift planning techniques. He also assists with estate and trust administration.

Prior to joining Stein Sperling, Micah served as a law clerk for a small firm in Boston, Massachusetts. There, he researched and drafted motions and memoranda of law in estate administration matters, as well as in commercial litigation matters, including breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract and real estate disputes. Before attending law school, he worked on a presidential campaign staff and subsequently acted as Deputy Finance Director for a Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign.

Graduating in the top five percent of his class at Suffolk University Law School, Micah earned the 2007 Distinguished Best Brief award and was a member of the Journal of High Technology.

Outside of the office, Micah enjoys scuba diving and has been on diving expeditions in the Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, as well as the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. He is also an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

First Admitted: 2011, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.steinsperling.com/attorneys/micah-bonaviri/

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013, 2015-2019)
  • , Top Financial Advisor , Washingtonian
  • Bethesda Magazine Top Attorney (2019)
  • Washington, D.C. Lawyers, Rising Star (2013, 2015-2019)
  • Bethesda Magazine – Rising Star (2018)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County (2011 - Present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (2011 - Present)
  • American Bar Association (2010 - Present)
  • Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County
  • Montgomery/Prince George's County Tax Study Group
  • Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), 2002
  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude); Journal of High Technology; Distinguished Best Brief Award (2007), 2009
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Taxation, Estate Planning Certificate, with distinction), 2010
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • With election day just around the corner, many are wondering how a Joe Biden presidency might affect their estate planning. Although Biden has not provided many details, his economic plan calls for, among other things, raising estate taxes “back to the historical norm.” While a president may not have the ability to unilaterally change the tax laws, if the Democrats take control of the Senate and hold their existing majority in the House, a revision to the current tax laws, including the estate and gift tax laws, is almost certain., Author, Year-End Estate Planning Considerations in Light of a Possible Change in Administration, 2020
  • In the midst of this pandemic, many parents with young children have a heightened awareness of their childcare situation. What may have been an initial prevailing concern – who will watch the kids while I have a Zoom call? – has morphed into a much deeper concern – who will take care of my child if I pass? But it is also important to think about what happens if you simply become too sick to care for your children? With COVID-19 the time to recovery may be long and slow. In the estate planning context this last concern, albeit a valid one, is often overlooked. The solution is really quite simple – you can designate a standby guardian., Author, A Call to Parents with Young Children: Who Will Take Care of Your Children if You are Hospitalized with COVID-19?, 2020
  • Estate planning requires just that — planning. Whether you are a parent of young children or nearing retirement, end-of-life planning is a vital process to ensure your assets are protected and your wishes are known. This seminar will discuss basic principles of estate planning, as well as recent changes to the law, all of which may affect physicians’ approaches to estate planning. Topics covered will include: State and Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions — Current Levels and Future Directions Special Considerations for Gifting in 2012 Asset Protection — Titling and Related Considerations Retirement Plan Distributions and Beneficiary Designations, Essential Estate Planning for Physicians Seminar, 2012
  • 4 Common Myths about Estate Planning for Young PhysiciansBy Micah A. Bonaviri, Esq. and Caroline E. Ford, Esq., Micah Bonaviri and Caroline Ford publish 4 Common Myths about Estate Planning for Young Physicians, 2013
  • Why Young Physicians Can’t Afford to Delay Estate Planningby Micah Bonaviri, Esq. and Caroline E. Ford, Esq., Micah Bonaviri and Caroline Ford publish estate planning article in Medical Society newsletter, 2012
  • Caroline Bonaviri and Micah Bonaviri will present "Top Ten Estate Planning Questions" to members of the Leisure World Community on November 12, 2013. They will answer common estate planning questions such as: Why do I need an estate plan? What happens if I do not have an estate plan? What estate planning documents do I need? Do I need a Revocable Living Trust if I have a Will? What are the advantages of a Revocable Living Trust? Who should be my fiduciary (i.e., my Trustee, Personal Representative and Attorney-in-Fact)? Are there ways to reduce my estate taxes if I have an estate plan? What happens when I become incapacitated? How does the probate process work after I pass away? How often should my estate plan be reviewed?, Caroline Bonaviri and Micah Bonaviri to present “Top Ten Estate Planning Questions”, 2013
  • This 90-minute seminar will cover four areas of law where physicians have unique needs, whether in the professional or personal realm. Outlined below are sample questions answered by each segment of the seminar, which will be led by a different Stein Sperling attorney. We encourage you to submit your own questions in advance so our speakers can address them during their presentation. Estates + TrustsWhat estate planning documents should I consider and what is the function of each document? What advantages does a Revocable Trust offer? How can I title assets and use certain types of trusts to protect my assets?Family LawHow do separation, divorce and custody cases work in the State of Maryland? How can pre- and post-nuptial agreements protect my assets? How can I determine the value of those assets? What is expected of me when my patient is involved in a custody case? How should I respond to requests for documents? Tax LawWhat compensation issues arise if I’m practicing through an S-Corp or LLC? How can I take better advantage of tax laws related to my retirement planning? What reporting does the IRS require related to foreign assets and bank accounts I may own or have access to?Business LawWhat are the essential components of my employment agreement?  What key provisions and exit strategies should be a part of my buy-sell, partnership or operating agreement? What common mistakes do physicians make when negotiating commercial lease agreements?, Physicians Are People Too: Addressing Your Professional and Personal Legal Needs, 2013
  • Steve Widdes and Micah Bonaviri will be featured on Federal News Radio broadcast, For Your Benefit, hosted by Bob Leins. They will discuss retirement plan distribution opportunities to maximize value and minimize income tax. In addition, they will review retirement options (and related rules and guidelines) as well as planning alternatives and penalty avoidance., For Your Benefit features Steve Widdes and Micah Bonaviri, 2013
  • Micah Bonaviri will be presenting Estate Planning Basics to Food and Drug Administration employees in Rockville, Maryland.  He will cover items such as organization and development of estate plans, the administration of trusts and estates, wills, powers of attorneys, estate and inheritance taxes and the probate process., steinsperling.com/media-and-events/events/micah-bonaviri-to-present-estate-planning-basics, 2014
  • Author, Maryland Trust Act: What it Means for Trustees, 2015
  • Author, My Estate is Under $5 Million: Do I Still Need a Will?, Stein Sperling Client Alert, 2015
  • Basics of estate planning presented to federal employees, www.steinsperling.com/media-and-events/events/micah-bonaviri-gives-an-introduction-on-the-need-for-estate-planning, 2015
  • Estate Planning presented to federal employees, 2016
  • Speaker, Knowledge in the New Year: Understanding Trusts & Wills, 2017
  • Estates and Trusts attorney Micah Bonaviri joins a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on "Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning" , Speaker, Structuring LLCs for Future Generations, 2016
  • Five Stein Sperling estates and trusts attorneys will be speaking on estate planning to the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals (MSATP), Speaker, www.steinsperling.com/media-and-events/events/stein-sperling-estates-and-trusts-attorneys-present-at-msatp-event, Maryland Society Of Accounting And Tax Professionals, 2016
  • The New Year is your time to take stock and create or update your Will, Trust and overall Estate Plan. Whether your situation is straightforward or complex, Estates & Trusts attorney Micah Bonaviri of Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll, P.C. will help you understand the process of developing an estate plan and answer any questions you may have along the way., Speaker, New Year, New Tax Laws: Understanding Trusts & Wills, 2018

Office location for Micah A. Bonaviri

1101 Wootton Pkwy
Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852


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  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2021

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