Britt L. Stouffer is a Maryland attorney experienced in Estates, Trusts, and Elder Law. With over 10 years of experience in Estates and Trusts, she has learned to appreciate how unique each client truly is. On a typical day, you will find her working on Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Tax Planning cases, Estate Administration filings, Petitions for Guardianships, Special Needs Planning, and Asset Protection.
Britt is a member of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and an avid supporter of the Royal Historical Society. Her intersecting interests in British Estate Law and the American Constitution have inspired her to devote her career to Wealth Preservation and Inheritance Law. She founded Stouffer Legal in 2012 to provide tailored asset protection and pre-crisis planning services rooted in each client’s unique story and objectives.
Ms. Stouffer has a Masters in Taxation from the University of Baltimore and always enjoys taking on difficult tax issues. Beyond tax savings, she is committed to designing plans that preserve legacies and support family heritages that are meant for generations to come. Britt has also devoted herself to the legal practice of defending Estates with Firearms to become Maryland’s foremost expert in firearm possession and inheritance law. This experience has given her team a unique perspective to appreciate all fruits of passion found in their client’s unique and extraordinary stories and history. Britt and her team are located in Towson, MD and always look forward to meeting new people.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a will?
A will is a set of instructions dictating how your assets will be distributed at death according to your wishes. Wills do not avoid probate and do not have any legal authority until death and is submitted to the Register of Wills. A will may be amended or revoked prior to your death. In your will you also name a personal Representative (sometimes referred to as an executor).
If you die without a will your assets will be distributed according to the laws of Maryland and this called “intestate”.
Can a Will be changed?
A will can be changed at any time before death as long as you are of sound mind. It does not become effective until your death. A will may be completely changed or amended. An amendment to a will is called a “codicil.”
Where should I keep my medical directive?
Once you have signed your medical directive, you should give copies to yours health care agent, and back up agents, family doctor, family and friends who should know your wishes. Consider carrying an identification card in your wallet or purse with instructions to call your health care agent and his/her contact information.
What is a Revocable Living Trust?
A Revocable Living Trust is similar to a will in that it will organize and dictate who your assets will be distributed according to your wishes at death. However, a Revocable Living Trust is a private disposition of your assets that does need to be submitted to the Register of Wills to become effective. It does not replace a will, it will act similar to a will and distribute the property pursuant to your wishes. A Pour-Over Will is used in conjunction with a Revocable Living Trust to pour over any assets which have not been titled into the trust upon your death.
How important is the titling of property with respect to my plan?
Re-titling property into the trust is a very important part of your estate plan. Without re-titling the assets properly into the trust you will not be able to avoid probate if this is one of your goals. In addition if property is not titled correctly your estate plan may not function correctly. For example if you intend for a certain account to be distributed through the trust, but it was still owned in joint name when you pass away, that property will not be distributed pursuant to the trust. It will instead pass directly to the joint owner of the account. We feel that the re-titling of property is so important that we devoted an entire section of your estate planning to the re-titling process.
Can a doctor override my living will?
Generally, no. However, a doctor is not required to provide a “medically ineffective” treatment even if a living will asks for it.
What is probate?
Probate is a court procedure which transfers property the deceased owned into the hands of his/her descendants or beneficiaries.
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Here’s what just some of our clients have said
“Britt and her team were a pleasure to work with as they guided us through the entire process.”
“They put together a Gun Trust, did some Estate Planning Trusts, Wills & Living Wills. It was easy to get an appointment. Her office staff was wonderful.”
“Brittany and her staff gave me the personalized attention that I was looking for.”
“She took the time to explain everything in laymen terms. Brittany also went through all the options we had with our will.”
Each team member here at Stouffer Legal is determined to make our services as clear and easy to understand as possible. We pride ourselves in striving for high quality solutions and excellent customer service. Each team member of Stouffer Legal is dedicated to hold the hands of our clients every step of the way.
These are the core values of Stouffer Legal:
- Flat rates and clear objectives present the client with an upfront expectation of costs and services.
- Every client has a unique and extraordinary story. We take pride in listening to our client’s specific needs.
- Education is the first step to any sound plan.
- There is no head-of-household, since all parties are equally important.
- We understand the joys of children and they are always welcome to come with you.
- Technology allows us to offer a far higher quality of service while improving your continuity of care.