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Britt Stouffer

Owner, Managing Partner

Britt is a dynamic and energetic Attorney who has dedicated her career to advancing the field of Estate Planning and Elder Law. She is a staunch advocate for the protection and privacy of her clients and has made great advances in Maryland with the Stouffer Legal NFA Trust and Family Gun Trusts. These are wealth preservation and privacy strategies that were previously only available to the wealthy and well connected, now tailors to protect firearm owners and their families. She has also pioneered the Maryland Asset Protection Trust designed for protection from the growing costs Nursing Homes and unexpected predators,rather than the effectively non-existent Estate Tax.

Britt Stouffer is the founder of Stouffer Legal and in less than a decade has grown Stouffer Legal to be the premier provider of Estate Planning and Elder Law services in Maryland. Her firm is built on a strong pillar of constant research and development in the field and has grown from great compassion for the clients she serves. Stouffer Legal is an “education-first” firm with up front fixed fees and no cost consultations. This ensures that the client is comfortable and well educated before choosing their Attorney and that they are never billed for asking questions or raising concerns.

Apart from saving the world from sub-par Estate Plans, Britt loves to travel, design clothes, watch British Period Dramas, and meet other motivated individuals.Although her family is from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she was born on base in Louisiana and raised in a Military family. Among other places, she later lived at Fort Meade and went to school at the University of Loyola and University of Baltimore School of Law.

Britt has been a guest speaker for the Maryland State Bar Association Estate and Trust Committee as well the Maryland Conference of Orphans Court Judges. Her extensive knowledge of Firearms has resulted in her being an expert witness and supplemental counselor to cases involving Firearms and other Federally Regulated personal property.

You can reach Britt Stouffer by calling her office at (443) 470-3599 or by emailing her at britt@stoufferlegal.com.

Bar Admission: Maryland, Federal Courts

Master’s in Taxation (L.L.M.)

Wilson McManus

Principal Attorney

Wilson is an insightful attorney who has been the on the forefront of Modern Estate Planning Techniques and the use of Trusts for everyone in Baltimore County since the early 1990s. He has been a practicing attorney in Towson, Maryland since 1986 and has made trusts accessible for more than just the wealthiest Baltimoreans. He believes that everyone should have a right to privacy and a peaceful transition in life to the next generation.

Wilson dedicates his time to the research and development of Estate Planning and Elder Law strategies and techniques to ensure that every client has every option provided to them by the laws of Maryland and the United State in order to protect their families and hard-earned nest eggs. He is also an engaging educator speaking multiple times a week to help families understand their options and how to accomplish their goals. Wilson has helped numerous families obtain judicial modifications and terminations of trusts that were outdated and had not been kept current with the families’ desires, and he continues to innovate and improve core documents such as the Maryland’s Statutory Power of Attorney.

Recently, Wilson has given presentations teaching people how to transition from being a caregiver of a parent back to being their family member again. He lets everyone know that there is always a legal path to affording the Nursing Home Care their family needs.

You can reach Wilson McManus by calling his office at (443) 470-3599 or by emailing him at wilson@stoufferlegal.com.

Bar Admission: Maryland

Member:National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Melissa Paddy

Partner

Melissa Paddy was born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She is a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Legal Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Thereafter, Melissa earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar.

Prior to joining Stouffer Legal, Melissa spent eight years working in the field of personal injury for firms in the Baltimore area. There she aided in the pursuit of a high volume of personal injury claims on behalf of injured individuals. Melissa dedicated herself to zealously representing persons injured in automobile accidents, premises liability, workers’ compensation and social security disability matters to ensure that they received adequate compensation for the injuries sustained by them due to the negligence of others.

Her passionate defense of family rights then transitioned to the study of Estate Planning and Elder Law where she works to preemptively protect their privacy and assets before an issue arises. Melissa enjoys guiding clients and their families through the estate planning process to protect their wealth and legacy for future generations. She also promotes the use of Pet Trusts with a provision to ensure that the animal (fur baby), if no caretaker can be secured, shall go to a no-kill shelter for the humane treatment of the surviving pet.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys outdoors, Crossfit training and supporting her husband’s passion for drag racing. She has three adorable dogs and is happy to show pictures of them upon request.

You can reach Melissa Paddy by calling her office at (443) 470-3599 or by emailing her at melissa@stoufferlegal.com.

Bar Admissions: Maryland

Member: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association

Alex Housley

Partner

Alex is a driven and affable Attorney practicing exclusively in Estate, Trust, Probate, and Elder Law in Baltimore County, Maryland. Alex was born and raised in Anne Arundel, and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology at Towson University. Thereafter, Alex earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar.

Prior to joining Stouffer Legal, Alex worked at a firm handling civil litigation for real estate disputes and transactions. In this role, Alex passionately advocated for and negotiated on behalf of his clients both in and out of the courtroom. Alex’s knowledge and expertise in real estate make him a great asset to the Stouffer Legal team.

Alex has seen firsthand the impact that poor estate planning can have on families and makes it his mission to ensure that clients and their families can learn from his experiences.

In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, and cheering on the Ravens and Orioles.

You can reach Alex Housley by calling his office at (443) 470-3599 or by emailing him at alex@stoufferlegal.com.

Bar Admission: Maryland

Jake Polivka

Associate Attorney

Jake is a hardworking attorney who enjoys problem solving and helping clients ensure that their estate is set up exactly as intended. He was raised in Owings Mills, MD before attending the University of Maryland College Park for his bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a minor in French. After taking a year to be a ski instructor in the Rocky Mountains, he came back to Baltimore to get his Juris Doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He became licensed to practice law in 2018.

 

Before Stouffer Legal, Jake practiced in the mass tort and personal injury fields, where he assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining awards from injuries caused by harmful medical devices and drugs. He has always been client-focused, and those interactions are his favorite part of his job. Though he began his career elsewhere, he has wanted to practice Estates and Trusts since law school, so he could not be more excited to be a part of Stouffer Legal’s dynamic team.

 

In his free time, Jake likes to play music and do pub trivia. See if you can stump him with a movie question!

 

Jake is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland, the U.S.D.C. – District of Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  

Victor Lembo

Attorney

Victor became interested in estates and trusts while helping his grandparents plan for their medical and financial needs. He graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with his Bachelor of Science degree, and received his Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is admitted to the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

After graduating law school, Victor worked as a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and at a large Baltimore law firm where he served as a Managing Attorney supervising the daily operations of a legal services program. Prior to joining Stouffer Legal, Victor worked in Annapolis to provide families with peace of mind after a loved one passed away as he settled hundreds of estates. Currently, he focuses his practice on estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law. Victor manages the Estate Administration Department and is committed to delivering exceptional legal service that is comprehensive and compassionate. He enjoys getting to know his clients, explaining matters in easy-to-understand terms, and working together to assemble the estate puzzle.

Victor was born in Washington, D.C. and is currently lives in Millersville with his wife, daughter and son. In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing at the Outer Banks, and cheering for the Ravens and Capitals.

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