David E. Sessions
I represent clients in estate planning, fiduciary litigation and estate and trust administration.
My estate planning practice includes drafting documents including wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, pre- and post-marital agreements, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), intentional defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), all types of partnership agreements and documents related to the formation and operation of limited liability companies (LLCs). My clients range from those with modest means to multimillionaires and I draft documents to fit my client’s unique situation, need, or goal. My estate planning practice also consists of business succession planning, asset protection planning, special needs planning and annual gifting.
In my fiduciary litigation practice, I represent both plaintiffs and defendants. I have been involved in a variety of matters including cases involving undue influence, fraud, duress, joint accounts, constructive trust, contested and uncontested guardianships and fiduciary removal actions involving attorneys in fact, trustees, and personal representatives. I have litigated declaratory judgment cases over the interpretation of wills, marital agreements and LLC operating agreements. I routinely petition the circuit court for trust modification, both contested and uncontested. I practice before the Orphans’ Courts, Circuit Courts, Federal District Courts of Maryland as well as take appeals before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
I am also involved in the estate and trust administration practice of our firm. This includes reviewing and filing inventories and accountings, making distributions of assets, and completing federal and Maryland estate tax returns. Some of our more complex administrations include obtaining 9100 relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); federal estate tax audits; filing, litigating and defending claims against an estate; paternity and adoption issues; selling luxury real estate; and settling business purchase agreements and winding up corporations.
I graduated in 2011, magna cum laude with University Honors, from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in History and minor in classical Latin. I received my Juris Doctorate with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2014. While at George Washington, I focused my coursework in the areas of federal taxation and trust and estate law. I was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal, where my note about tax-delinquent federal contractors was published in the summer 2014 issue. During law school, I assisted low-income individuals prepare federal tax returns as part of the IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program. I am a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. I am currently serving as Chair of the Estate and Trust Committee of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association.
Brigham Young University, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, History
Graduated with Honors
Magna Cum Laude
George Washington University Law School, 2014
Graduated with Honors
American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association.