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Experienced Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Taxation Lawyers Serving Clients in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Helping you plan your future with confidence to give you peace of mind
When planning for your future, you want to work with an experienced lawyer who can help ensure that your wishes will be carried out and your taxes minimized, that you can receive the necessary care in case of illness or disability and that your family, assets and business partners are properly protected. The thorough and caring attorneys at Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston bring 86 years of combined experience to assist individuals, families and small businesses throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

When we meet, we spend time with you, getting to know you, your wishes and your values and developing an understanding of your estate, whether it is simple or complex. We educate you on your estate and tax planning or administration options and carefully explain what is needed. We want you to be equipped to make informed decisions, so we can work together to craft an effective estate plan that accomplishes your goals.

It is our goal to build and nurture long-term relationship with our clients. It’s important to review your estate plan on a regular basis to make sure that your plan reflects financial or health changes in your life as well as any revisions to the law. It is important to us to earn the respect of our peers. John C. Smuck is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® — a distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards.
Helping to protect what is yours
Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston can help you accomplish your estate planning, trusts, tax and probate goals. We provide effective, compassionate and timely services in the following areas:

  • Estate planning ― Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate, we can assist with wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, powers of appointment and other documents to protect you in case of accident, disability, illness or death. 
  • Trust and estate administration― We understand how hard it is to begin the legal process after a loved one dies. We can assist and guide you with the entire process of probate in the administration of a decedent’s trust or will, transferring the decedent’s property to the beneficiaries and paying off debts. We can also help you if there is no will.
  • Estate, gift and income taxation ― Depending on your net worth at the time of your death, your estate may be subject to D. C., state, or federal estate taxes. Our estate, gift and income tax planning is designed to maximize your estate by protecting your assets from taxation through trust planning, lifetime gifting, charitable gifting and other means.

Trusted estate planning and probate attorneys in Washington, D.C.
For assistance with your estate planning, trust administration and probate needs in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, call Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston at 202-393-8668 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.