Estate Planning | Elder Law | Special Needs Planning

Client Education, Collaboration, and Compassion

Why Us

The Elville and Associates Difference

Founded in June, 2010, by President and Principal Attorney Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M., Elville and Associates is an estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning practice.  It is our mission to provide practical solutions to our clients’ needs through counseling, education, and the use of superior legal-technical knowledge.

Education and counseling are the foundations upon which Elville and Associates’ attorneys serves its clients, partners, and surrounding community.  The firm counsels its clients based on the core principles of the Elville Legacy System™ -- the six steps to perfect estate planning.  Mr. Elville has also developed programs for clients who wish to streamline the planning process but still wish to enjoy the benefits of the educational component throughout, including Elville Self-Direct Select™ and Elville Self-Direct Protect™, a limited-attorney-assistance client education program for estate planning.  The firm also offers an Advisors’ Forum every two months for its planning team partners, an continuing education series that covers the latest topics in the world of estate planning, elder law and special needs planning.

No matter what planning path our clients choose, Elville and Associates firmly believes in the “planning team concept” – a concept that ensures clients’ attorneys, advisors and CPAs work collaboratively on their behalf during the planning process to provide their family peace of mind and confidence.  The attorneys at Elville and Associates work with the top Certified Financial Planners, financial advisors, CPAs and other professionals around the country and work to be a reliable partner to them.

Elville and Associates’ attorneys frequently offer free educational workshops throughout central Maryland.  Our attorneys are seasoned speakers and share their knowledge over 100 times each year with the communities we serve about a wide range of topics – from our popular “Estate Planning Essentials” workshops, to workshops delving into elder law, retirement planning, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, aging in place versus Continuing Care Retirement Community living, the latest topics of interest in estate planning, and many, many more.  Elville and Associates’ attorneys present regularly at financial services firms, libraries, senior centers, employee benefits meetings for companies, expos, special needs organizations, and many more.

The firm also firmly believes in client care and client lifetime maintenance and updating to ensure that planning works as intended.  The mission of our Client Care Program (“planning that works”) is to provide our clients with the comfort and assurance that their estate and elder law plans will work no matter how their goals situations may change, and to ensure planning remains consistent with changes in the laws.  Elville and Associates is currently one of only a handful of law firms in the country to have an accredited and designed Client Care Program through the Client Maintenance Academy located in Boston.

Elville and Associates – Providing practical solutions to clients in elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning through counseling, education and leading-edge legal technical knowledge.

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No matter what planning path our clients choose, Elville and Associates firmly believes in the “planning team concept” – a concept that ensures clients’ attorneys, advisors and CPAs work collaboratively on their behalf during the planning process to provide their family peace of mind and confidence.  The attorneys at Elville and Associates work with the top Certified Financial Planners, financial advisors, CPAs and other professionals around the country and work to be a reliable partner to them.

Elville and Associates’ attorneys frequently offer free educational workshops throughout central Maryland.  Our attorneys are seasoned speakers and share their knowledge over 100 times each year with the communities we serve about a wide range of topics – from our popular “Estate Planning Essentials” workshops, to workshops delving into elder law, retirement planning, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, aging in place versus Continuing Care Retirement Community living, the latest topics of interest in estate planning, and many, many more.  Elville and Associates’ attorneys present regularly at financial services firms, libraries, senior centers, employee benefits meetings for companies, expos, special needs organizations, and many more.

The firm also firmly believes in client care and client lifetime maintenance and updating to ensure that planning works as intended.  The mission of our Client Care Program (“planning that works”) is to provide our clients with the comfort and assurance that their estate and elder law plans will work no matter how their goals situations may change, and to ensure planning remains consistent with changes in the laws.  Elville and Associates is currently one of only a handful of law firms in the country to have an accredited and designed Client Care Program through the Client Maintenance Academy located in Boston.

Elville and Associates – Providing practical solutions to clients in elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning through counseling, education and leading-edge legal technical knowledge.

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Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

President and Principal Attorney

Attorneys

MEET OUR TEAM

The attorneys at Elville and Associates engage clients in a multi-step educational process to ensure that estatespecial needs and elder law planning works from inception, throughout lifetime, and at final administration. Clients are encouraged to take advantage of the Planning Team Concept for leading edge, customized planning. The education of clients and their families through counseling and superior legal-technical knowledge is the mission of Elville and Associates. Proudly serving clients in central Maryland, the Washington metro area, and the Eastern Shore.

Our Story

ELVILLE AND ASSOCIATES ESTATE PLANNING, ELDER LAW AND SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

What is Estate Planning?

Estate Planning is not just for the disposing of assets, it is also a way to pass on your values and ideas – your intellectual capital, as well as lifetime beliefs, possibly multi-generational in nature, the things that you (and your ancestors) hold dear. 

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Elder law for families in Maryland

What is Elder Law?

Elder Law is estate planning for those persons who are ages 55 or above, or for those persons who have a disability or illness. Put another way, generally Elder Law is estate planning for older adults who do not have taxable estates but who are concerned about asset protection in the “Medicaid” context. An Elder Law consultation help address older clients concerns regarding disability and long-term care planning rather than estate tax avoidance. Our Elder Law clients generally do not have estate tax problems - they have long-term care and asset preservation concerns, as well as incapacity management needs.

What is Estate and Trust Administration?

Estate and Trust Administration is arguably the most important aspect of our work at Elville Associates as it represents the final phase of the client’s estate planning. It is at this final administration stage of the estate or elder law plan that assets are distributed in the manner chosen by the client – grandchildren’s education trusts are funded, children’s assets protection trusts (Legacy Trusts) are funded, surviving spouses are provided for, special needs children receive their shares in the proper fashion, estate tax elections are made, and much more. Because of the importance of proper estate and trust administration, it is critical not to “go it alone,” and even more importantly, not to ignore the passage of time, as many critical dates and related actions are required after death.

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Special needs planning in Maryland

What is Special Needs Planning?

When addressing a special needs planning situation, be sure to speak with an attorney who understands the nuances of the special needs planning process. Elville and Associates’ Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M., Principal, is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and is highly experienced in the special needs planning arena. Contact our office today with any questions related to your special needs situation.

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Featured Testimonials

SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

"Elville and Associates have been outstanding! They have handled estate planning, special needs issues and a complex process involving Social Security disability. The Client Care program is very beneficial leaving us with the feeling that we have a partner not simply an attorney."

Bob S.

We heard about Elville and Associates on WBJC FM. As a musician and music teacher, I appreciated the work that Stephen Elville was doing through his non-profit providing instruments to needy students in the Baltimore area. We found ourselves needing assistance with estate planning, in particular concerning our disabled son, and we were not disappointed! We elected to have a Living trust instead of a will, and also set up a special needs trust for our one son. The education and seminars that Elville and Associates provide helped us make the right decisions. Indeed, after you set up trusts, you need to make sure that you re-align your assets to take advantage of the benefits of your trust. Elville has an associate to help you through, and check on your progress in that process, and she does a phenomenal job. We also have counsel with Elville representing us in a claim against the elusive Social Security Administration, which is ongoing but has left us with more assurance of a future positive outcome. Highly recommend!               

John H.

Spotlight Articles

The Significant Hazards and Examples of Failed “Do-it-Yourself” Estate Planning

Many websites offer customized, do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents.  Although such products are convenient, using them could create serious and expensive legal problems for heirs. 

These digital services appear to offer a cost-effective and easy alternative to visiting an estate planning or elder law attorney. But is online estate planning worth the convenience and initial savings? While online services might work fine if you have little or no property, small savings or investments, and a traditional family tree, anyone whose needs are not simple should not try to create an estate plan without the help of an attorney. 

The Philosophy of a Client Care Program – Intentionalism

May 7, 2020 – You are searching for a client care program (whether you know it or not). Yes, you are. Whether you are consciously aware of this or not is the purpose of this article. You do want your estate plan – your Last Will and Testament; or your will substitute, your Revocable Living Trust, to work as you intend it to. You want the terms and provisions of those documents – your documents – to accurately reflect your current thinking and address the current circumstances of your life and the lives of your family members...

Elville and Associates Selected by Brain Injury Association of Maryland as 2021 Organizational Leadership Award Recipient

On Thursday, March 23rd, Elville and Associates, an estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning firm in Columbia and Annapolis, was selected as the 2021 Recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland’s Organizational Leadership Award.  The Award is given annually in appreciation of an organization's dedication to and support of the work of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.