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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


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


Alex is a driven and affable Attorney practicing Estate, Trust, Probate, and Elder Law in Baltimore County, Maryland. Alex was born and raised in Anne Arundel and is a graduate of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland where he 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 two kids. He is also likely to beat you in Fantasy Football.

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

Bar Admission:Maryland

Erik Turkman


Erik has a multifaceted background, having worked in various legal settings, in higher education, for government agencies, for non-profit organizations, and with fine and performing arts.

Erik Joined Stouffer Legal in January 2021.  Since 2018, Erik has worked in private practice with estate planning, special needs and disability planning, and with estate administration, helping clients design effective estate plans to reach their goals and putting those plans in place when the time comes.  While he eagerly assists clients with traditional estate planning and administration, he additionally enjoys working with artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people whose legacies might include tangible as well as intellectual property.

Previously, Erik served as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, where he analyzed medical records, advised Administrative Law Judges, and drafted judicial disability decisions. He also worked for the Office of General Counsel at the Catholic University of America, working with various issues related to higher education, including issues related to making bequests to higher education institutions.  While in law school, he interned in the Office of General Counsel at the Library of Congress and in the Office of the Register at the U.S. Copyright Office, developing a deep interest in helping copyright holders plan for the future of their creative works.  He became familiar with the potential complications involved with lifetime and testamentary transfers of copyrighted material.

Before turning to law, Erik taught English literature, rhetoric, and academic, professional, and creative writing at the university level, including at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University.  Erik also worked extensively with photography, including for Esquire magazine, the International Center of Photography (ICP), and the architecture firm of I.M. Pei & Partners.  Erik plays the electric and upright basses, and he has performed in a range of musical settings, including in jazz clubs, on board cruise ships, and in a variety of musical theater productions. Erik continues to play the bass with local music groups, is active in his church community, and enjoys walking in local parks with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Erik holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and a Certificate of Studies in Jurisprudence.

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