JD, With Honor, University of Maryland School of Law; BA, English, Magna Cum Laude, University of Delaware; Maryland State Bar Association; DC Bar; Bar Association of Montgomery County; Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland; Greater Washington Society of CPAs Admitted: Maryland, District of Columbia. Julie Goodwin Weber focuses her law practice on estate planning, trusts and estate administration; tax-exempt organizations and non-profits; and small business formation and transactions.
Estate Planning, Trusts and Estate Administration
Ms. Weber has years of experience advising individuals and couples with regard to their estate planning needs and tax-savings techniques. She has advised every type of client, from single individuals, to same-sex and opposite-sex couples; from young families needing to appoint guardians and set up trusts for their young children to retirees who want to gift to family members while still ensuring they have sufficient assets for their own needs; and from modest clients who want “simple wills” with no trusts to wealthy clients who need to set up tax-savings vehicles and plan to engage in charitable giving, while still retaining sufficient wealth to meet their goals with respect to their own family. As a fellow pet-owner and animal-lover, she also enjoys working with clients to plan the future care of their pets, whether through their wills or a pet trust. Ms. Weber also has expertise in administering estates in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She typically represents the estate, filing necessary court paperwork, advising the estate as to post-mortem estate planning, and preparing and filing estate tax returns. She has also represented interested persons in estate litigation matters, advising clients as to their legal rights and working to reach a fair resolution.
Tax-Exempt Organizations and Non-Profits
Ms. Weber advises non-profits with regard to corporate formation and existence within the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She also assists non-profit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, including 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations, and represents tax-exempt organizations to ensure compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and IRS procedures.
Small Business Practice
Ms. Weber assists individuals looking to set up small businesses in entity choice, formation, and all associated legal representation. She also represents existing businesses with regard to tax and corporate issues, including compliance, licensing, insurance, or litigation. Ms. Weber and her partner can assist small businesses with assessment of internal controls, and response to concerns regarding employee embezzlement, or other fraud risks suffered by small businesses in particular.
In addition, Ms. Weber and the law firm assist for-profit businesses in qualifying for Benefit (“B”) Corporation status with the State of Maryland, District of Columbia, or New York. B Corporations are a unique class of corporations that hold themselves out as creating a material positive impact on society and the environment, allow those in fiduciary roles to consider non-financial interests when making decisions, and report on their overall social and environmental performance using recognized third party standards.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Weber served as law clerk to the Honorable James R. Eyler, then-Associate Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, where she assisted with civil and criminal matters. Ms. Weber is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in English, with a minor in Art, from the University of Delaware. She received her Juris Doctor degree with honor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Weber is a member of the Estate and Trust Law Section, Tax Section, Elder Law Section and Solo and Small Firm Section of the Maryland State Bar Association; the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section of the DC Bar; the Estates and Trusts and Elder Law Sections of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland; the Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland; and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs (Tax and Not-For-Profit Sections). Ms. Weber is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she teaches federal income tax each semester. Ms. Weber has spoken on the subjects of estate planning and tax-exempt organizations before several professional groups, including members of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. She enjoys teaching about areas of the law in which she is passionate and strives to ensure that each client understands the full implications of their legal actions.