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Michelle Chapin

7600 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700 Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3663
Firm: Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
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Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered

Years In Practice

Phone Number (301) 986-1300

Michelle Chapin, a member of the firm’s Estate PlanningEstate & Trust AdministrationTax and Corporate practice groups, advises individuals, families and small business owners regarding their estate and gift planning needs. Recognized as a Top Trusts and Estates Lawyer in Washingtonian magazine, Michelle excels at providing clients with easy to understand explanations of intricate legal and tax matters. She works closely with her clients to create comprehensive and customized estate and business succession plans to achieve their tax and non-tax wealth preservation objectives. She also helps clients implement lifetime gifting and post-mortem wealth transfer strategies and counsels fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters. Michelle focuses a part of her practice on estate planning for clients with international issues, including estate, gift and other tax concerns of non-U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens with non-U.S. citizen spouses, and U.S. citizens owning property abroad. When she's not being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal or speaking to various groups in the DC metropolitan area, Michelle enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Michelle practiced for several years at a law firm in Northern Virginia where she assisted clients with gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning as well as probate. 

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
  • "Top Lawyers" - Washingtonian Magazine (2018)
  • “Top Estate Lawyers (Rising Stars)” - Bethesda Magazine (2018)
  • “Washington’s Best Lawyers,” Trusts and Estates, Washingtonian Magazine (2017)
  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers
    - Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates        
    - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates

  • Maryland Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2019)
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2019)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
American University, J.D.
Graduated 2005
Georgetown University, Certificate in Estate Planning
Graduated 2011
Georgetown University, LL.M. in Taxation
Graduated 2011
University of Florida, B.A.
Graduated 2002
Contact Details and Office Locations
7600 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3663
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