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Courtney K. Brust

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Courtney K. Brust concentrates her practice in trusts and estates with a direct focus in administration and fiduciary litigation.

Professional Biography


Ms. Brust represents clients on matters concerning all aspects of planning and administration, including fiduciary litigation. She works closely with individuals, families and institutions concerning trusts, estates and probate matters.

She devises estate and tax planning strategies designed to fulfill each client's financial and personal objectives and prepares a full complement of related documents. Ms. Brust counsels clients in all stages of probate and trust administration, as well as post-mortem planning, guardianship actions and the preparation of gift and estate tax returns. Ms. Brust employs her technical background to guide clients in estates and trusts litigation matters, representing both individuals and institutions.

In administration matters, Ms. Brust coordinates relationships and the distribution of assets, helping her clients navigate difficult times. She provides a holistic approach, ensuring that her clients receive not only the best tax savings, but also a streamlined and personal process.

Ms. Brust employs her experience to rectify administration missteps and strategize resolution of disputes, either through litigation or through the use of nonjudicial settlement agreements. She counsels her clients on valuation and distribution issues critical in larger estates and has developed strong working relationships with professionals to assist her clients in these matters.

Ms. Brust also assists her clients in the preparation of marital agreements, both pre-nuptial and post-nuptial.

  • Successfully closed estate administration with contesting foreign beneficiaries, escheated assets and estate tax implications.

  • Advised trustee in correcting past accountings, duties to provide notice and further compliance with the Maryland Trust Act to prevent future challenge by difficult beneficiaries.

  • Successfully obtained substitution of trustee of trust with charitable and unknown beneficiaries when the governing document was silent and jurisdictional issues were present.

  • Successfully guided trustee concerning division and modification of multi-generational trusts with generation-skipping transfer tax issues through the use of nonjudicial settlement agreement.

  • Successfully closed disputed estate with various institutions and beneficiaries and resolved more than ten years of the decedent's individual income issues.

  • Negotiated family dispute involving disabled individual through trust and guardianship proceedings and family settlement agreement to address distribution of assets.

Professional Memberships

  • Member – Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member – Harford County Bar Association
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association

Community Service

  • Secretary – Geriatric Assistance and Information Network (2014 – 2016)
  • Coordinator – Seniors Law Day (2013 – 2015)
  • Graduate – Harford Leadership Academy (2014)

Honoraries

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Trusts and Estates (2021)
  • Listed as a Maryland Rising Star in Maryland Super Lawyers in Estate & Probate (2021)
  • Associate, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC
  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Angela M. Eaves, Harford County Circuit Court
  • "Irrevocable No More: Modifying Irrevocable Trusts Under the Maryland Trust Act," Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Estate and Trust Newsletter (Winter 2019)
  • "Self-care: Making Sure Affairs Are in Order," Women's Initiative Newsletter (April 2019)
  • "Effective Direct Examinations: Tips from the Bench," Trial Reporter (Spring 2012)

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude
    • Senior Staff Editor – University of Baltimore Law Review
  • Towson University, B.A., 2008, magna cum laude
    • Dean's List, 2005 – 2008

Admissions

  • Maryland

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