Frank Baldino is an estate planning attorney who co-chairs Lerch, Early & Brewer’s estate planning & probate group in Bethesda, Maryland. His focus is on protecting the assets his clients have accumulated and minimizing federal and state tax liability. These clients range from homeowners whose property has appreciated to people with significant investment, retirement, business, and real estate holdings.
Frank develops estate planning and tax strategies that allow his clients to protect their assets for their families and future generations. He often works closely with their accountants and financial planners to provide comprehensive planning advice. He listens carefully in order to understand the big picture, and strives to make them comfortable, even when discussing difficult topics.
Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines have named Frank as a “Top Lawyer” for estates and trusts, and he is listed in the Best Lawyers in America directory.
One of Frank’s greatest strengths is his ability to explain complex concepts in an easy-to-understand way. His calm and friendly demeanor encourages clients to think about the sometimes challenging and emotional aspects of planning an estate – from making sure a spouse is provided for to deciding what happens to children in the event of a parent’s death. With precision and detail, he then prepares wills, trusts and probate documents that reflect each client’s desires.
In addition, Frank is experienced in the areas of charitable giving, estate planning for non-U.S. citizens, tax planning with respect to retirement plans and stock options, business succession planning, and estate and trust administration. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York, and is a member of the U.S. Tax Court.
A Hackensack, N.J., native, Frank received his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He received his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Frank is a member of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national organization that elects lawyers to membership who demonstrate the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. ACTEC has a limited membership of 2,600 lawyers nationwide, with fewer than 50 Maryland attorneys receiving the recognition.
He is a member of the Washington, D.C., Estate Planning Council and the Estates and Trusts Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Frank co-authored the book Basic Estate Tax Planning, the Maryland State Bar Association's publication designed primarily as a reference for estate planning attorneys. Since 2004, he has co-authored articles on current trends in estate and tax law for the monthly publication Estate Planning Journal.
Outside work, Frank enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and reading non-fiction like one of his recent favorites, Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Honors and Awards
- Washingtonian magazine Top Lawyer for Estates & Trusts (2007-present)
- Washingtonian magazine Top Wealth Advisor (2016)
- Listed in Super Lawyers Maryland, Estate Planning & Probate (2014-present)
- Listed in Super Lawyers Washington, DC, Estate Planning & Probate (2014-present)
- Bethesda magazine Top Estate Lawyer (2011)
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Trusts & Estates (2012-present)
- Maryland State Bar Association (Section Council Member: Estates and Trusts Section 2007-2016; Member: Estates and Trust Section, Elder Law Section, Taxation Section 2004-present)
- District of Columbia Bar Association (Member: Tax Section, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section and Estate Planning Committee 1995-present)
- Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Member, Estates & Trusts Section; Elder Law Section; Taxation Section 2004-present)
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow, 2015-present)
- Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council (2001-present)
- Estate Planning Journal Advisory Board (2004-present)
- “Drafting to Provide Flexibility Using Powers of Appointment and Trust Protectors,” presented by the Maryland Advanced Estate Planning Institute (May 2015)
- “Estate, Gift, and Income Tax Consequences of Making Gifts to Irrevocable Trusts,” presented by the George Washington University School of Law (March 2014)
- "Exit Strategies for Affluent Small Business Owners," presented by RT Wealth Management Group (March 2014)
- "Will Drafting," presented by the Maryland State Bar Association (January 2014)
- "Asset Protection: Planning for the At-Risk Client from the Estate Planner's Perspective," presented by the Maryland State Bar Association (June 2013)
- "The Marital Deduction in Estate Planning," a section of "Basic Estate Planning," presented by the Maryland State Bar Association (November 2012)