Frederick R. Franke , Jr. - Law Office of Frederick R. Franke, Jr. LLC

Frederick R. Franke , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

            For almost thirty years, I have been exclusively an estate and trust lawyer and the firm has been exclusively an estate and trust law firm.  But it did not begin that way.  When I first hung a shingle, I enjoyed a general practice that exposed me to a broad band of legal experiences and issues. In the early 1980's, however, I made a conscious decision to dig deeply into the law of estates and trusts rather than to continue as a generalist.  There were several reasons for my decision.  The law of estates and trusts is largely a world unto itself: federal gift and estate tax law requires much dedicated effort to understand and to stay abreast of changes; and, the non-tax aspect of estates and trusts has its own peculiar rules and practices.  Most importantly, these laws, rules and practices must be dealt with, maneuvered around in some cases, and used to achieve clients’ needs and goals.               Thus, I decided to limit the scope of my practice to the law of estates and trusts. Yet I did not want to overly restrict the range of my practice within that limited scope.  So, within our practice niche we "do it all" - offering estate planning services, estate and trust administration and fiduciary litigation.  We bring the lessons learned from broad experience and apply them to each client’s particular matter or case in meaningful ways.               I am pleased to have gained the respect of my peers over the years.  I am past-chair of the Council of the Estates and Trusts Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association. I am a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). I have taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, School of Law.  Our firm is included in the first tier of estates and trusts law firms in the US News ratings.  I am included in The Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates). I am listed in the Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers (Estate Planning and Probate). I am named a Top Annapolis estate and trust lawyer by What's Up Annapolis in a survey of Anne Arundel County, Maryland lawyers.

Kenyon CollegeBA 1969Washington and Lee UniversityJ.D. 1973George Washington University Law SchoolLL.M 1983
Maryland Bar AssociationAmerican College of Trust & Estate CounselUniversity of Baltimore School of LawAmerican Bar AssociationAnne Arundel Bar Association

Office Location

151 West Street, Suite 301
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates