Blog – “Altman Speaks”

Navigating the Death of Loved One: What to Know and How We Can Help

There are no words to express the emotions associated with the loss of a loved one. Even when the death is expected due to terminal illness, you and your family will likely deal with significant pain and grief. It is critical for your emotional and spiritual well-being to mourn the death of those close to […]

Aubrey Mirkin, Esq. Featured by BCC’s NextExecs for #MemberMonday

Our talented associate, Aubrey Mirkin, Esq., was featured by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce’s NextExecs group for their #MemberMonday Spotlight.   Happy Monday NextExecs!  Today we’d like to recognize Aubrey Mirkin for our #MemberMonday Spotlight!  A Montgomery County native, Aubrey is an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Altman & Associates.  Altman & Associates is […]

Feel Good Friday: Dwayne Bowe Returns to Kansas City to Attend Fan’s Funeral

We may be in the midst of baseball season, but it’s an NFL player that has our attention today… Former Chiefs wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, flew to Kansas City to attend the funeral of a fan known as “Grandma” by the players.  Betty Johnson had been a Chiefs season ticket holder for nearly 30 years. During his […]

Singles Face Unique Estate Planning Challenges

In a contribution to, Rockville Estate Planning Examiner, Gary Altman, Esq. discusses some of the unique challenges facing single people: Estate Planning for Single Individuals: What You Need to Know by Gary Altman, Esq. Estate planning for singles is just as important as it is for couples. Some of the common issues that need […]

The “Death Tax” – “Fact” vs. Reality, Know the Truth!

Last week, I listened to a news program on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would repeal the “death tax”.  The amount of misinformation was incredible. Statement 1:  The estate tax just taxes property that has already been taxed. Truth:  Most estates that are subject to Federal estate tax have significant assets […]

Always Be Cautious Over “Official” Looking Mail…

Periodically, we get asked by a client if they should respond to a letter that they received asking them to pay for a “Recorded Deed Notice” so they will have “evidence” that they property they own was “in fact transferred.”  In fact, my mother-in-law got such a letter and asked me if she should respond.  […]

Altman & Associates at the World of Possibilities Expo

Over the weekend, Coryn and Aubrey represented Altman & Associates at the second annual World of Possibilities Expo in Rockville, MD.  The event features exhibitors from a wide range of businesses – all of which serve the special needs community.  Altman was the only estate planning law firm in attendance. Coryn and Aubrey met many parents and […]

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Partners Amidst Uncertainty

Congress enacted DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) after the Supreme Court of Hawaii ruled in 1993 that the state constitution guaranteed the right of same‑sex couples to marry.  One provision of DOMA permits states to disregard the status of same‑sex marriages that were lawfully performed in another state. Vermont was the first state to establish Civil […]

Altman & Associates Profiled in Bethesda Magazine

In a profile for Bethesda Magazine, Altman & Associates answers the question: “What is the biggest misconception about estate planning?” One of the most dangerous misconceptions is that it doesn’t require an actual estate-planning attorney. Some people, attempting to save money, opt for a “do-it-yourself” approach via online templates or hand-written declarations. Others solicit help from someone familiar, […]

Feel Good Friday: “A Dog’s Last Will & Testament”

As estate planners and animal lovers, we have written about the creation of Pet Trusts before; the loving idea behind them being to ensure that your pets will be cared for if/when you’re no longer able to. But, until we came across this passage, we had no idea that pets could be as passionate about estate planning […]