K. Alice Young, an associate with Nusinov Smith, LLP, joined the firm in 2012 upon completing a clerkship with the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore City. Ms. Young received her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Baltimore, and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
Ms. Young manages a wide range of estate administration matters including the probate of small and regular estates, coordination of appropriate estate-related tax filings, and managing filings in a robust practice before the Orphans’ Courts throughout the State. She enjoys building relationships and helping clients put their wishes into effect through thoughtful estate planning, including drafting of wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and many types of trusts. Ms. Young also enjoys supporting the Firm’s strong fiduciary litigation team.
Ms. Young received the 2015 Partnership Award from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Only through estate administration are the true impacts of estate planning revealed. In many instances, excellent planning done for one’s family ten or twenty years ago can lead to difficulty upon subsequent death. During estate administration, Ms. Young often has to explain how the intent of a loved one has been frustrated by the passage of time and changes in the law or changes in that loved one’s assets. For example, one testatrix put a specific bequest of particularly identified CDs in her will in order to help with a great-niece’s college education, but then sold those specific CDs during the thirty years between the date of her will and her death. That specific gift was then no longer available for the great-niece, and the aunt’s thoughtful planning was undone by her failure to review and revise her estate plan periodically.
Periodic review of one’s estate plan can help prevent trouble down the road for surviving loved ones. During estate planning, Ms. Young takes the time to review prior estate planning documents and to gain an understanding of the client’s wishes for any changes or updates. For example, one couple had wills prepared by other counsel in which each left the other the full estate but their contingent legatees varied: in the will of one spouse the house was left to the executor and in the will of the other spouse the housed passed as part of the residuary. After a thorough discussion, the clients realized a minor change in the words they used to describe to their other counsel what they wanted to happen resulted in a major change in how the estates may have been distributed. Fortunately, the timely review of their documents allowed Ms. Young to draft replacement wills that better reflected their wishes.
Ms. Young graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences in 1999 and earned her Master’s of Physician Assistant in 2000. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Young enjoyed a career in healthcare and brings to Nusinov Smith, LLP a long-standing commitment to client-centered service founded in years of providing outstanding patient care in neurosurgery and chronic pain management.
As a law student, Ms. Young earned the Law Forum’s “2010 Most Outstanding Staff Editor Award” and the “Volume 40 Award of Distinction” for two published works in one volume. In 2011, she was honored as the “Most Outstanding Associate Editor” for her work supervising her team of staff editors. She volunteers with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service as well as the Free State Legal Project, working to ensure access to representation for underserved Marylanders.