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The Eleff Law Group - Bethesda, MD

7315 Wisconsin Ave.Suite 400 West Bethesda, MD 20814

Updated: 07/08/2021

Bethesda Estate Planning Law Firm

Overview

The Eleff Law Group provides legal services to individuals and businesses who have needs in the areas of estate and succession planning, and probate and trust administration, as well as commercial real estate and commercial and business transactional matters. Susan Eleff, the firm’s lead attorney, has over 35 years of experience, and prides herself on delivering practical, cost-effective legal services to her clients.

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The Eleff Law Group provides legal services to individuals and businesses who have needs in the areas of estate and succession planning, and probate and trust administration, as well as commercial real estate and commercial and business transactional matters. Susan Eleff, the firm’s lead attorney, has over 35 years of experience, and prides herself on delivering practical, cost-effective legal services to her clients.

Ms. Eleff has been practicing law since being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the New Jersey Bar in 1978. She began practicing in Maryland in 1987 when she was admitted to the Maryland Bar. She was approved to practice in Illinois in 2001, and in Virginia in 2015. She remains in good standing and qualified in all five jurisdictions.

Susan Eleff is an attorney who is highly respected by peers and well as clients. She is rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics, and holds a 10.0 "Superb" Avvo rating. Ms. Eleff has been a speaker at legal seminars and finds time to give back to the community through her work with the Wills for Heroes Foundation and other pro bono activities.

If you have a need in estate planning, real estate or business law, you will receive prompt, focused, efficient and dependable legal service when you retain the services of the Eleff Law Group.


About The Eleff Law Group

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning

Honors

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (highest possible, skills & ethics)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Wills for Heroes, 2011 - 2015

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Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

7315 Wisconsin Ave.Suite 400 West Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax

  • 301-961-6525

Other Offices

The Eleff Law Group 5028 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 100 Washington, DC 20016 800-765-2662

The Eleff Law Group 12305 Kemp Mill Road Suite B Silver Spring, MD 20902 800-765-2662

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By Dianna P. on Jul. 24, 2022
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

We had such a positive experience working with Susan Eleff. She was very responsive and took the time to fully understand our estate planning needs, which were unique and complicated. She updated all of our documents and made excellent suggestions regarding new property trusts. It was clear to me that Susan really cared about ensuring our estate papers were thorough and that they addressed all of our needs. She is one of the best estate planning attorneys and one that I fully trust and highly recommend.

By Carol K. on Apr. 25, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan Eleff responded immediately to help me with a litigation problem. She listened patiently to the issues and provided advice and a critical document without charge! I have never worked with such a gracious lawyer and highly recommend her to you!

By Anonymous on Apr. 20, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

?Accessible, knowledgeable, professional. ?Excellent job representing our interests when selling our home. We recommend her highly.?

By Anonymous on Apr. 17, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan and her team at The Eleff Law Group were professional, extremely helpful and easy to work with in handling my mother's estate. I was the Personal Representative (executor) for my mom's estate. Despite all of the obstacles created by the COVID pandemic, Susan's team was able to help me to settle my mother's estate in Montgomery County without any issues. With both children and step-children as heirs, Susan's advice was critical in our ability to avoid any animosity between the various groups. She helped me to make sure everything was clearly spelled out in my communications with all of the heirs. One of the aspects of working with the Eleff Law Group I appreciated most was that emails and phone messages were returned promptly and our questions answered. I would definitely recommend the Eleff Law Group to anyone having to serve in the role of Personal Representative/Executor of an estate. It can be a very tedious process, but with a group of professionals, like the Eleff Law Group on your side, it will go by smoothly and without drama. John Colonna

By Anonymous on Mar. 01, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

SUSAN ELEFF AND THE ELEFF LAW GROUP HAVE BEEN GOD SENT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. TO ME, SETTLING OUR FAMILY ESTATE BUSINESS, WAS JUST TO MUCH FOR US GIVING ALL THE LOGISTICS INVOLVE. AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE OUR LOVE ONES ESTATE, I NEEDED HELP AND THE ELEFF LAW GROUP TOOK THAT BURDEN OFF OUR SHOULDERS AND GAVE US THE PEACE OF MIND WE NEEDED TO GET THROUGH THE PROCESS. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE ELEFF LAW GROUP FOR ANY FAMILIES NEEDING HELP WITH ESTATE ISSUES. THE HILL FAMILY

By Rebecca A. on Feb. 13, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

I would highly recommend. Susan Eleff was incredibly responsive (and prompt!!) and took the time to answer all questions thoroughly and patiently. Really, a pleasure to work with.

By Panayotis D. on Jan. 25, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

In the last twelve months, I had to revise my Last Will & Testament twice; both times I used the services of The Eleff Law Group. I received an outstanding service with prompt, clear, and enlightening guidance regarding my options. Ms Eleff took the time to explain to me the County Laws regarding Wills and Probate, and translated them to me from legalese to a language that a layperson like myself can understand. All that at a reasonable fee. Thank you Ms Eleff.

By Miriam B. on Jan. 13, 2023
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

We recently engaged Susan Eleff for estate planning, and for a civil litigation matter. In both cases Susan was very knowledgeable, diligent and hard working, returned emails very quickly, and overall did an excellent job for us. We would not hesitate to work with her again, and we would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a expert attorney who is very accessible and will work hard for you.

By Anonymous on Oct. 24, 2022
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Ms. Eleff, provided quick and excellent service. After struggling to find an attorney to handle a difficult out of state probate issue it was a joy to work with Ms. Eleff.

By Margo F. on Jul. 21, 2022
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

We engaged Susan Eleff to update our estate papers after interviewing several attorneys. We were impressed with Susan?s expertise. She quickly understood our unique situation and offered creative ways to structure our trusts. Overall, she did an outstanding job! We?ve worked with many attorneys in the Washington DC area. Susan stands out not only for her knowledge of the law and intelligence, but also for her integrity, quality and deep commitment to clients. She completed our estate papers within the timeframe and fee she quoted even though our papers ended up being more complex than anticipated. She and her staff presented all of our final documents in a professional leather binder along with a thumb drive making access and reference easy. We fully trust and recommend Susan ? she exceeded our expectations.

By Gail C. on Jul. 21, 2022
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan was very quick to respond to all of our inquiries and very knowledgeable about what we needed to say and do. She made some edits in our contract that were really helpful! Thank you, Susan!!

By Anonymous on Jun. 13, 2022
Verified Client

4.5 out of 5 stars

Susan Eleff is easy to reach and she will continue to press on resolution even after working hours. She is tech savvy so we wasted less time on paperwork or completing forms. I found her ethical and fair in billing for her services & was glad to pay her promptly for her excellent services.

By Christopher H. on May. 30, 2022
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan is the best lawyer in the DMV, She?s quick careful and efficient, I wish I Found her sooner than I did , I highly recommend her to anyone, especially regarding probate and estate, she gets things done bottomline !

By Dianne L. on Sep. 21, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan Eleff - I recently worked with Susan to redo my previous estate planning documents to bring them up to date. Susan cared about me and my family, providing timely, practical solutions for our unique planning needs. Even in a fairly straightforward last will, there is legal language that can be confusing - Susan patiently broke it down to layman's language. She took the time to know the situation well enough to make sure I understood the alternatives and why she was making a particular recommendation. She explained the best ways to write a power of attorney and advanced medical directives so that should they need to be used, there would be no question about my intent. Susan earns a 5 star rating - she is conscientious, creative and thorough.

By Anonymous on Sep. 06, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

I found myself in need of an estate lawyer after my sister, trustee of my mother?s trust, decided to shut down all communications with the family and neglect her fiduciary responsibilities. Susan was very responsive. I was able to speak directly to her, give an overview of the situation, and make an appointment for later the same evening to have an in-depth meeting. She quickly helped me understand our legal options, gave great advice and we devised an immediate plan of action. Susan was able to immediately break barriers with my sister & her hostile lawyer. My experience with Susan was excellent.

By Anonymous on Aug. 18, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan was both personable and professional throughout our meetings. The initial phone called is the reason we went with her firm, offering frank advice without making us feel rushed to come on board as a client. I needed to add a name to a Deed of Trust and Susan offered guidance in describing the language and offered continual flexibility to accommodate out of state travelers. I look forward to using Susan again for estate planning.

By Anonymous on Jul. 13, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Quick follow up and follow through! Susan took her time to explain things thoroughly. She is personable and communicated promptly in person, by phone and by email.

By Anonymous on Apr. 26, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

I live in Ohio and when I needed an estate lawyer due to my brother in Maryland passing away, my wife did an internet search and found Susan Eleff law group. Susan met with us and helped us go thru the process of handling the estate and filing all the required documents for the court. Working with Susan and one of her legal assistants named Kimberly Graham we were able to be assigned as the personal representative for the estate within one day. Then the actual process of handling the estate with me being an out of state person was long and the estate was complicated so it took over 2 years to complete all processing and get the estate closed by the court. During the entire time I was always able to get expert legal advice and direction from Kimberly and Susan which helped me tremendously in the challenging time of dealing with my brothers sudden death. Susan's office handled all correspondence with the court and was caring and professional in all of my dealings with them. I highly recommend the Eleff Law group for any legal assistance you may need. Their expertise as well as their compassion and empathy were demonstrated on several occassions during the processing of the estate. You can trust Susan and her staff to guide you in the most professional manner. I am writing this review because when I choose the Eleff Law group it was because of the internet reviews on her that helped me decide to seek her advice/counsel and I want to let others know that the reviews are accurate and I am a very satisfied customer. Philip MacAdam

By Anonymous on Mar. 24, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

I hired Susan to add a second name to a Deed of Trust and she performed in an exemplary fashion. She exhibited a high degree of professionalism and efficiency at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need a real estate attorney.

By Anonymous on Jan. 28, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan Eleff recently helped me and my husband to create individual Trusts, Wills, Living Wills and Power of Attorney documents. My husband and I both have little experience with these things, so we asked a lot of questions. Susan patiently answered them all, and offered suggestions on the best way to approach some issues that were important to us. She helped guide us through the maze of options available when doing estate planning, and made sure that we had everything we needed in place to assure that our wishes would be carried out. Thinking about death is never fun, so to have such expertise as Susan's to rely on made a world of difference. She has been the estate attorney for both my husband's family and my own, and we have come to trust her advice as she assisted our family through the settlement of the estates of our parents. I recommend Susan highly - she is professional, knowledgeable, and personable, and her staff is great to work with as well.

By Charles W. on Jan. 24, 2021
Verified Client

4.5 out of 5 stars

We found Susan Eleff on a Google search and glad we did. Susan Eleff and staff provided excellent, prompt, reasonable professional services on Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorney, and Medical Directives. The needed services and documents were completed within 2 weeks and they did all of the filings and provided copies. She is very easy to reach. A turn key solution for us. Outstanding work!

By Anonymous on Jan. 06, 2021
Verified Client

4.5 out of 5 stars

My husband and I are in our 70s. We engaged Susan Eleff to give us advice on implementing a comprehensive estate plan that involved establishing several trusts, as well as updating our wills and other medical and power-of-attorney documents. She was very knowledgeable, clear, and patience in outlining our options and the tax implications?as well as which ones would provide ease of administration and execution upon the death of one or both of us. Susan was always available to answers our questions and attentive to our need for changes. She and her staff were efficient in preparing the documents and provided the service at a reasonable fee. We were able to accomplish everything remotely, except for signing the documents, which was done adhering to COVID-19 guidelines in an pleasant outdoor space.

By Anonymous on Jan. 03, 2021
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

My husband and I hired Susan Eleff to make our wills. She was amazing! She was extremely helpful and very patient with all our queries. She was very prompt in replying, every time for every query, and explaining step by step every detail of the process. Her attitude made us feel comfortable and we both felt as if she was there with all the time in the world only for us. She made us feel special. Her care, her competence, her patience and her clear knowledge make her the smartest and kindest lawyer! We left with our work done efficiently, just as we wanted, and with all warm wishes for her.

By Anonymous on Sep. 17, 2020
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Ms. Eleff provided prompt and efficient service at a reasonable fee. Our interactions were mainly via email, and she was always responsive to my many questions. Final document signing was outdoors.

By Roberta P. on Sep. 16, 2020
Verified Client

4.5 out of 5 stars

We'd been putting off updating our wills and then the pandemic hit. Choosing a patient, compassionate, knowledgeable lawyer seemed a daunting task, but I was thankful I called Susan Eleff. From our first phone call, I knew I had reached the right attorney. Susan was friendly and professional. She listened to my needs, answered my questions in understandable terms, and was prompt in responding to my inquiries, even though we were in different states, meeting virtually, by phone and email. Now I can rest easy knowing our wills, powers of attorney, and advanced living directives are complete and in order-come what may in these unprecedented times.

By Paul G. on Sep. 10, 2020
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

I live in Florida and was researching a Maryland law in relation to a family matter. Susan provided not only free consultation that was over and above but she showed a genuine interest in my situation that was compassionate and heartwarming. She was very informative, knew the laws pertaining to my situation extremely well, and was very prompt in all requests. I would say my experience was nothing short of superior.

By Anonymous on Dec. 19, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan is professional and efficient. She responded immediately to my request for advice and help and, once we started, took care of business straight away.

By Anonymous on Dec. 04, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazing. Compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable. Extremely helpful.

By Althea L. on Sep. 05, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

An online google search led me to this law firm. After reading the wonderful reviews I personally know why the Law office of Susan Eleff is highly recommended. I reached out to this office on a weekend and was contacted right away in regards to concerns I had about seeking legal guidance. Susan is pleasant, extremely knowledgeable, and explained the process in simple terms. Happy prospective client!

By Anonymous on Jul. 31, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

An extremely knowledgeable and strong advocate in the dispensation of my mother's estate.

By Anonymous on Jul. 17, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Susan Eleff is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and a pleasure to work with. She not only explains the legal issues in a concise and understandable manner, but provides options where appropriate for clients to consider.

By Anonymous on Jul. 15, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Ms. Susan Eleff, Esq. is the best attorney in the DMV! Her firm delivers high quality legal services. Thank you Attorney Eleff for your guidance and hard work!

By Anonymous on Jul. 04, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

I am not a resident of Maryland, but having just been advised that a close relative who was a resident had died, I needed legal advice from an attorney in the area. It was a Sunday when I reached out to the Eleff Law Group with some preliminary questions and query about assistance. I was hoping for a response early in the work week, but to my surprise, I reviewed a call from Susan that very same Sunday. In addition to our initial discussion, we had exchanged some preliminary paperwork by the time I made my way to Maryland later in the week. We had additional discussions including the effect of a brewing family turmoil as related to the will. She proffered very good advice as to my options for navigating the turmoil. Ultimately, I decided to remove myself from the fight. Had I continued, I would have been grateful to have Ms Eleff representing me. In my brief experience with her, she displayed a wealth of knowledge combined with empathy which made me very comfortable. I highly recommend her firm for probate issues.

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