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About Lena

Lena uses the title "Attorney & Counsellor at Law" to reflect the "old fashioned values" of the trusted advisor and counsellor while utilizing the latest legal and tax developments, select professional relationships & technology to bring the best possible counsel and service to her clients.

Lena enjoys working with clients and client families who appreciate the care she puts into each case.

LENA S. BARNETT received her A.B. degree, cum laude, with Honors in History, from Muhlenberg College and earned her J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Before opening her private practice more than twenty years ago, Ms. Barnett was an Associate with the New York based international law firm Fink, Weinberger, Fredman, Berman, Lowell & Fensterheim.

Member Attorney, WealthCounsel. Wealth Counsel is a membership organization of more than 2,500 attorneys in all 50 states who are committed to a client-centric approach to estate planning. The resources and collaborative community of WealthCounsel are outstanding. A number of us have known each other for about two decades through WealthCounsel and other professional affiliations & activities. WealthCounsel Members share and learn from each other which makes each of us stronger and better enabled to serve our clients & client families.

Ms. Barnett is a Fellow of the Esperti Peterson Institute for Global Wealth Strategies Planning. The Institute is a laboratory of selected Fellows who research and create new professional planning models, protocols, and strategies. The Esperti Peterson Institute successfully combines scholarship, study, research, formal instruction, publishing, and an internationally known speaker's bureau to develop and disseminate a full range of interrelated, innovative strategies that allow successful individuals and families preserve and enhance their wealth.

Ms. Barnett served an Adjunct Professor of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, Inc. and Senior Faculty of the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University. These institutions are the first-ever collaborative effort by business, academia, and government delivering comprehensive solutions to estate and wealth transfer planning professionals and sound financial counsel to their clients.

The training, resources, and relationships afforded by Wealth Counsel, the Fellowship, the Professorship, and Senior Faculty status enable Lena Barnett to provide cutting-edge, responsible, and effective estate and wealth strategies planning services to her clients across the country.

Presenter and Author: A popular and highly regarded speaker, Lena Barnett has conducted seminars for numerous organizations including AARP, American Cancer Society, Aspen Publishers, Inc, Chesapeake State Fraternal Congress, D.E.A, Eastman-Kodak, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, JCC of Greater Washington, NASA HQ, National Resource Development Council, Montgomery College, Maryland, Nordstrom, Prince George’s Community College, Maryland, The Retired Officer's Association, MD Council & the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Lena Barnett has been a lecturer & author of continuing professional education seminars for a number of organizations including Ameriprise, Capitas Financial, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, Prudential and Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, L.L.C.

Lena has conducted continuing legal education seminars for Montgomery-Prince George's County, MD Continuing Legal Education Institute, Montgomery County MD Bar Foundation, National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys & Wealth Counsel.  

Reviewer, The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates, Second Edition, 2004, Random House Reference; Reviewer, The American Bar Association, Family Legal Guide, Third Edition, 2004, Random House Reference, Contributing Reviewer, The American Bar Association Guide To Wills and Estates, 1995, 1999, Times Books/Random House; Reviewer, The American Bar Association Legal Guide to Small Business, 2000,Three Rivers Press; Reviewer, Your Law, an American Bar Association newsletter; Contributing Reviewer, Conspectus Current, Esperti Peterson Publications, LLC; Reviewer Bethesda Magazine, in its May/June 2011 issue, named Lena S. Barnett as one of the area's best estate attorneys, as chosen by her colleagues.

She was listed as a "well-recommended" tax and estate planning attorney by her peers in a survey of financial experts conducted by and published in Washingtonian magazine in 1994.

AV Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Lena Barnett has been the subject of feature stories in Lawyer's Weekly USA, The Bethesda Gazette, The Rockville Gazette & has been quoted in feature stories in Financial World and in Retire with Money, From The Editors of Money Magazine. Lena Barnett served as a regular columnist in Women Today.

She has been a guest on The Retirement Doctor on Business Radio WPGC AM, 1580, Money Talk on WBZS Business Radio 730 AM, & The Rita Foley Show on WMAL Newstalk 630 AM. Lena was among the hosts of The Asset Masters which aired on WBZS AM 570.

Channel 9, WUSA-TV's Jan Fox came to Lena's offices to create a video for a special series on estate planning matters, the tape aired May 11, 1999. On October 15, 2001 Ms. Fox came to Lena’s offices to create a tape for a story on clients’ needs and interests in estate planning as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The story aired on October 15, 2001 and the WUSATV9 website was hyperlinked to the website of Lena Barnett & Associates, L.L.C. In 2002 Lena was part of a story which covered the storage and proper distribution of important papers including estate planning documents. Lena was a regular guest in 2008 and 2009 of the Mind Over Money program which aired on Friday’s mornings.

Groups & Associations:  American Bar Association. Reviewer or Contributing Reviewer of 6 books by the ABA, Member Section of Real Property & Probate Law, Former Vice Chair Probate, Trust & Estate Planning Committee of the GP Section, Former Vice Chair Real Property Committee of the GP Section; Maryland State Bar Assn. Member, Sections of Estate & Trust Law & Taxation Law; D.C. Bar Association., Member, Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Section; Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD, Member, Former Chair Estates & Trusts Section; Graduate & Fellow Esperti Peterson Institute, Wealth Counsel.

Other Affiliations: Montgomery College Foundation: Legacy Society & 1946 Society, Planned Giving Committee 1998 to Present. Lena was honored to serve on the Board for 12 years including service as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee, Chair of the By-Laws Committee, and on the Executive Committee. While Lena no longer serves on the Board, she continues to actively support Montgomery College & its students through her continuing service as a Member of the Planned Giving Committee and her endowed scholarship.

Leadership Montgomery MD ('05) Member; Suburban Hospital, Estate Planning Journal Club Member 1997 to Present, Chair 2011 to Present, Planned Giving Committee Member & Heritage Society; Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Development Advisory Board 2012 to Present, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase  Chamber of Commerce 1988 to Present; Greater-Montgomery County, MD Chamber of Commerce Former Director ex officio; Potomac Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Former Director, Who's Who in American Law & Who's Who of American Women.


SHELTON M. BINSTOCK, (1942-2010) formerly with the Internal Revenue Service's Estate and Gift Tax Division, practiced as a private attorney for over 40 years. He earned his Masters of Laws in Taxation (LL.M) degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University and B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Mr. Binstock was a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), and a Fellow of the Esperti Peterson Institute.

Top Estate Planning Attorney (Washingtonian Magazine; peer selected) 2009 and prior years; Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (Super Lawyer Magazine; peer selected; 2009 and prior years); Maryland Super Lawyers (Super Lawyer Magazine; peer selected; 2009 and prior years); Best Lawyers in America (Peer selected; 2009 and prior years)

Lena's Thoughts & Memories of Shelton Binstock:

It was an honor and privilege to know and work with Shelton Binstock who passed away in January 2010. He was my dear friend and mentor for 22 years and I am grateful that he was part of my life. I am a better person and attorney because of Shelton. His wisdom, generosity, and kindness will always be remembered.

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