Whether you need business or estate planning advice, the preventive practice of law, or solutions for problems that already have arisen, Kate Masterton will assist you with integrity and excellence.
Kathleen "Kate" Masterton
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Juris Doctorate 1987 Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.
A.B.A. National Appellate Advocacy Competition--National Semi-Finalist
Cornell University, College of Agriculture, Ithaca, N.Y., With Distinction, 1983; Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science.
Cornell Equestrian Team--Member
Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y., 1978; Associate of Applied Science, Equine Science.
Thirty years of legal excellence as a practicing attorney.
Sole practitioner since June 2004, with a practice focused on advice and counsel in the areas of estate planning and administration, general business/commercial law, equine law, agricultural law, and mediation.
Assistant Attorney General, Courts and Judicial Affairs Division, Maryland Attorney Generals Office, 2001-2004--counsel to the Maryland Registers of Wills and the Maryland Orphans Court judges, the officials who handle probate of decedents' estates in Maryland and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings, the independent adjudicator of state agency decisions.
Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Attorney General's Office, 1994-2001--in-house business/corporate "general counsel" position, including contract law, real estate and land use, labor and employment, administrative law, police issues, environmental law, licensing, civil rights defense, disability rights issues, finance matters, and many others.
Associate Attorney, Donelan, Cleary, Wood and Maser, Washington, D.C., 1987-1993--regulatory and appellate work
Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program
Maryland Certified Mediator trained to mediate non-domestic civil legal disputes; advanced training in Estate & Probate Disputes. Have mediated roughly seventy cases.
Non-legal experience includes teaching riding, training horses, showing extensively (hunters, pleasure, equitation), & management of Cold Comfort Farm, Jamesville, N.Y.
"Tax Advantages of Conservation Easements," BCBA's' newsletter The Advocate, July & September 2005 (2 part article)
Frequent guest on "PSA's Planning Pays" financial planning radio show, WCBM 680 a.m.. Saturdays 9:00 a.m.
Lecturer, Smith-Barney CPA Education Class May 2005 on "Retained Interests or Powers & Family Business Entities"
Author, "Administering Estates in Maryland," 2004 Update, Office of the Attorney General
Seminar Lecturer, Fall 2002 Orientation training for newly elected Maryland Judges of the Orphans' Court
Seminar Lecturer, Maryland Association of Orphans' Court Judges Conferences, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003
Seminar Lecturer, Maryland Register of Wills Association Conferences, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003
Frequent Lecturer at Baltimore County Senior Citizen's Centers on wills and estate planning, advance medical directives, medical assistance, age discrimination, etc.
Author, "Drafting Agreements: Rules for Arbitration," American Bar Association's Barrister Magazine, Fall 1989
PUBLIC SERVICE/PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Maryland State Bar Association--member, Estates and Trusts, Business Law, Labor/Employment, & Solo Practice sections
Baltimore County Bar Association
Estates & Trusts Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committe
Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure, Probate
Subcommittee, Consultant 2001-2004
Baltimore City Orphans' Court,
Baltimore Women's Bar Association
Vice President, 1997-99; Executive Committee, 1995-2000
Knollbrook Community Association
President, 1995-1996; Board of Directors, 1993-1995
Maryland Women's Bar Association
Judicial Selections Committee, 1998-99
Maryland Chiefs of Police Association
Legal Adviser's Committee, 1994-2001
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Civil Settlement Officer,1999-Present
Maryland Horse Council
Daily Record Maryland's Top 100 Women Award--1998 Nominee
Baltimore Estate Planning Council
Cazenovia College Young Alumna Award-1997 Recipient
Valleys Planning Council
Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Kate Masterton will be a featured speaker at the day-long forum on preserving, protecting and passing on farm assets being planned by the Baltimore County Office of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension with the Harford, Carroll, Cecil, Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel county extension offices, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, and accounting firm Naden/ Lean LLC. The seminar, will answer the How to' questions about financial and legal issues. Preparing for the financial future of an agricultural enterprise requires educating your children, planning for retirement, and developing strategies to pass farm assets to your heirs without saddling them with a crushing estate tax debt. This program will explain the terminology and processes needed to develop your plans. As tax laws change every few years, it is important to review your present situation and adjust your plans. Land preservation programs have changed and are expected to be well funded in the next year; learn how this can benefit you.
If you have questions about retirement, income sources, land preservation, insurance, managing risk, and the legal aspects of estate planning tools for farms, then this program will help you. The program costs $30 for each family member and includes lunch. To register, call the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Baltimore County Office at 410-666-1022.
I want to express my gratitude to the many satisfied clients who have recommended the Firm to their friends and business colleagues, and to the many area attorneys who have demonstrated their belief in my expertise and integrity by referring cases to me. It is often said that the highest compliment an attorney can receive is the referral of ones business associates, friends and family. These referrals, and the confidence they represent, have made my growth and success possible. Thanks to such referrals, the Firms business in the areas of estate planning and administration, business and commercial law, equine law, and mediation has continued to thrive in our new location.