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Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Probate, Elder Law, Family Wealth Transfer, Charitable Giving

Thomason and Hessmer, LLC is a law firm concentrating in estate planning and administration, family wealth transfer, wealth preservation, succession planning, planned giving and elder law serving clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.


F. William Hessmer, IV is a founding partner of the law firm of Thomason and Hessmer, LLC. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the Washington College of Law, American University. Mr. Hessmer’s legal practice focuses on estate planning, international estate planning, estate and trust administration, federal estate and gift taxation, state estate taxation, tax planning, business entity formation and planning, non-profit entity creation and planning, guardianship, elder law, and other related practice areas, with individuals, families, non-profit organizations and small businesses. His practice includes consultation on revocable trusts, wills, life insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, retirement plan distributions, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, international wealth transfer transactions, simple and complex estate and gift tax issues, business entity formation, and other issues relating to the transfer of wealth. He serves clients throughout the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. area and also advises many clients in other areas of the United States and several foreign countries.


Evelyn Betts Thomason is a graduate of Drake University in accounting and the Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Thomason’s legal practice focuses on tax planning and estate planning with individuals and small businesses, including consultation on family wealth transfer, charitable giving techniques, life insurance trusts, revocable trusts, generation skipping transfers and planning with families to make care arrangements for disabled family members. Ms. Thomason has broad experience in the administration of estates, trusts and guardianships. She has lectured and written extensively on estate planning and legal problems of the elderly.