Comprehensive Estate Planning and Probate Administration

Hello and welcome to my website. I'm John Newell, and I've been practicing law in Annapolis for some time. I am a native Marylander, but cannot claim to be ultimate - a native Annapolitan. I attended Ohio Wesleyan University, obtained an M.A. in Politics and Government from Johns Hopkins University and my law degree from the University of Maryland.

I came to Annapolis in 1978 after working for five years with a trust company in Baltimore; and Annapolis is where I married, raised a family and developed my own practice. When I am not engaged with the law, I indulge my hobbies. I play the organ, attempt to play golf and try my hand as an amateur photographer. You will find several examples of my photographic handiwork scattered around the site. A little visual variety never hurts.

Most of my work revolves around wills, trusts, estate taxes and estate planning, although I handle other matters as well, as you will see. Please take a look around the site and contact me if you think I might be able to help you. Thanks!

The phrase “Estate Planning” covers a number of important concerns. Among them:

  • Before you die: General Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
  • Wills: What they can do, and why you need them
  • Death Taxes: Will they affect your estate, and can they be minimized or avoided
  • Probate: What it is, and how it works
  • Trusts: What they can do to ensure that your estate passes as you wish
  • Understanding probate

Tailor Your Estate Plan to Your Circumstances

Perhaps you want to ensure that your spendthrift son or daughter does not spend everything at once; or you are concerned about your child's troubled marriage and want to ensure that your assets stay in your family. Maybe you simply want to know that your grandchildren's education will be provided for in the future. Now is the time to take a look at your situation and allow an experienced attorney to help you create a sound estate plan.

John Newell

For more than 35 years, I have been working with clients to assist with their estate planning and help administer family estates. My aim is to solve problems as simply and as easily as possible, without complications and contention. My law office also offers business formation and real estate legal guidance, including deed preparation.