Gerald K. Gimmel is active in estate planning, probate, Medicaid planning and business and corporate law and has been assisting clients for more than 40 years. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in both the Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas from 2007 through 2012 in the areas of estate planning and probate.
Mr. Gimmel has been counseling clients in the area of estate planning since the 1960’s and has helped many people with small estates ensure that their modest savings get to the right people. He has also helped those with more substantial estates achieve considerable tax savings that have even exceeded $200,000.00 in a single estate. He has personally assisted several thousand people with their Wills, Trusts, Health Care documents and tax planning while focusing on accomplishing their estate planning goals.
Jerry’s experience as an estate planning attorney has resulted in his being requested to lecture to many groups. In addition to presentations on estate planning for retirement communities, charities, civic groups, and numerous government agencies, Jerry has made presentations to conferences of Federal Bankruptcy Judges in Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington, on issues regarding estate planning and estate taxation.
Jerry is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and appears before the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, in cases involving estate and probate issues. He has been a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association since 1973, has participated in its Estate & Trust Law Section and is well known at the Register of Wills Office for Montgomery County because of his experience in handling the probate of more than 1,000 estates.
In addition, Mr. Gimmel’s involvement with Hospice Caring, Inc., described below, allows him to assist families dealing with terminally ill loved ones in a way that far exceeds that normally expected of an attorney. His ability to direct clients to the appropriate agencies to assist families in crisis, and to give advice based on his years of experience, makes him unique among estate planning attorneys.
Jerry’s knowledge of business law and business organizations is also instrumental in assisting clients with estate planning. For example, understanding the issues involved in the appropriate transition of management and the transfer of ownership of a family-owned business to a business owner’s loved ones upon death is critical in many circumstances. It is this unique combination of knowledge of both business and estate planning law that allows him to give tax saving advice along with transitional advice to keep successful businesses stable and growing.
Jerry is also active in business and corporate law. He serves as general counsel, legal counsel, and business advisor to many local and national companies. Jerry is involved in establishing new businesses and in assisting existing business clients with the growth and management of their companies. This includes the negotiation of contracts, handling personnel matters, drawing up Buy-Sell Shareholders Agreement and preparing contracts to buy or sell a business.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law School in 1967, he is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Federal District and Appellate Courts.
Jerry is a past President of the Montgomery Village Rotary Club for which he was recognized by the Rotary District as its outstanding mid-size club president. He served on the Board of Directors of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 1990 – 2006, serving as Vice-Chairman of Finance from 1997-2000, Chairman-Elect in 2001, Chairman in 2002, and Past-Chairman in 2003. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1991 and from 1998 to 2002, as its Chairman for Hospice Caring, Inc., a Montgomery County organization providing compassionate care services to the terminally ill and their families as well as to the bereaved. Jerry’s tireless Pro Bono and community efforts resulted in the City of Gaithersburg declaring September 1, 1998, as Jerry Gimmel Day.
Jerry’s wife, Carol, served on the Board of Directors of Friends of Wells-Robertson House, Inc. (a transitional residential facility for recovering addicts located in Gaithersburg, Maryland) for more than 15 years including serving as Chairman of the Board. The City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, named Jerry and Carol the 2007 Distinguished Friends of the City for their years of community service. They are the proud parents of three adult children who are all successful in business: Molly, Executive Vice President of Design To Delivery, Inc., of Bethesda, Maryland www.d2dinc.com (helping companies obtain and manage government contracts); Jeff, the owner of SwoonKitchenBar restaurant in Hudson, New York www.swoonkitchenbar.com (recognized by Zagat’s as one of America’s Top Restaurants); and, Jill, CEO of a financial firm.