Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.

― Peter F. Drucker


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― Maya Angelou



About Lena

Lena’s grandfather suddenly died when her father was just 7 years old. With no will in place, his estate was ravaged & the family struggled through some very rough years. Lena knows what can happen without planning! She wants to help her clients & client families avoid what her father, her aunt & her grandmother experienced.
ESTATE PLANS WITH CARE Helping Clients Protect & Enhance Lifestyles, Relationships & Legacies. Lena Barnett & Associates, L.L.C. helps clients structure and implement estate, wealth, business, and charitable plans that meet their specific needs, goals, and dreams. We emphasize personalized, timely, and proactive estate and wealth strategies planning. 

The title "Attorney & Counsellor at Law"​ reflects 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 & service to our clients and client families. 

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-five 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 Wealth Counsel 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 which involved graduation from a three-year program. The Institute is a laboratory of selected Fellows who research and create new professional planning models, protocols, and strategies. The Esperti Peterson Institute successfully combined 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, Andrews Federal Credit Union, 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, MCPS EAP, Monument Bank, 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 Burt Wealth Advisors, Capitas Financial, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, Prudential, Santo Postal & Company, 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

In 2018 Lena wrote an article “Estate Planning in 2018: Why It's Important and the New Federal Tax Legislation's Impacts” for Revere Bank which published it on its website and blog. WETA Public Television & Classical Music for Greater Washington published a shorter version of this article for its “WETA Legacy News” with permission from Lena & Revere Bank.

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.

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.

Marquis Who's Who in the World, March 2018 accepted Lena’s biography into Marquis Who's Who in the World which is comprised of the top 3% of the professionals in the world.

Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2018 Award in recognition of outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Estate Planning.

DC/Metro Top Rated Lawyer for 2018, The National Law Journal. As a top AV Preeminent® attorney Legal Leaders is partnering with Martindale-Hubbell® to produce a special section published in The National Law Journal featuring the top 5% lawyers in DC.

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.

In 2011 Lena was a guest on MCTV to discuss the important role of the Montgomery College Foundation in supporting the college, its students, and Montgomery County, MD.   

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, Section Chair of the Year 1995, Montgomery County Bar Foundation Bar Leader 1995 to Present; Graduate & Fellow Esperti Peterson Institute, National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys 1993-2004, Wealth Counsel 2004 to Present.

Other Affiliations: Montgomery College Foundation: Legacy Society & 1946 Society, Planned Giving Committee 1998 to 2014. Lena was honored to serve on the Board for 12 years (1998-2010) 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.

Suburban Hospital, Estate Planning Journal Club Member 1997 to 2017, Chair 2011 to 2017, Planned Giving Committee Member & Heritage Society; Greater Washington Community Foundation, Estate Planning Journal Club Member 2017 to Present; Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Development Advisory Board 2012 to 2015, Greater Bethesda-Chamber of Commerce Member, Forum Club 1988 to Present; Greater-Montgomery County, MD Chamber of Commerce Former Member & Former Director ex officio;  Potomac Maryland Chamber of Commerce , Former Member & Director, Montgomery Women 2011 to Present; Who's Who in American Law & Who's Who of American Women.

Leadership Montgomery MD ('05) Graduate, Member 2005 to Present

Monument Bank, Bethesda Advisory Board Member 2011-2016

Revere Bank, Lower Montgomery-DC Regional Advisory Board Member Nov. 2016 to Present


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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