Harold Krauthamer represents his clients regarding their business, estate planning and personal needs. He assists clients with tax and business planning, all aspects of starting and maintaining a business, preparing estate planning documents and pre/post-nuptial agreements and he counsels clients regarding individuals and families with special needs. Harold also helps clients with real estate transactions, leases, and like-kind exchanges. Through his title company, Friendship Title, Harold is able to conduct residential and commercial real estate settlements.
Harold was one of the founding members of The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Social Service Agency since 1977. He represents several organizations that provide assistance to persons with special needs. Harold was the Chairperson of the Elder Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association (2009-2011).
Harold was instrumental in having legislation enacted in Maryland regarding consumer rights laws - he testified regarding gasoline price posting, automobile repair cost disclosures and citizen participation on Maryland State Boards. He was appointed a Public Member of the Maryland State Board of Examining Engineers (1973-1981), was a member of the Montgomery County Commission for Land Reform (1983), and was a member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities (1982-1988).
Harold is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Montgomery County and Maryland State Bar Associations, and the District of Columbia Bar.
Martindale-Hubbell rates Harold’s ability and general ethical standards as AV - the highest rating available.
Harold was born in New York City. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Hunter College, City University of New York (1966) and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law (1969). Harold and his wife, Joan, have been married since 1968, and have three sons and four granddaughters.
Sherri M. Stahl*
Sherri M. Stahl began working with Harold Krauthamer as his law clerk in 1980 and became his law partner in 1987. Sherri’s area of practice is primarily wills, trusts and estates, estate planning, probate, and special needs planning, as well as real estate, like-kind exchanges and representing small businesses.
Sherri is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.
Martindale-Hubbell rates Sherri’s ability and general ethical standards as AV - the highest rating available.
Sherri was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude, a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
*Retired as of September 1, 2015
Gilda M. Zimmet
Gilda M. Zimmet joined Krauthamer & Stahl in 2003. Prior to joining Krauthamer & Stahl, Gilda was an associate at Venable, LLP in its estate planning department.
Gilda’s areas of practice include estate planning, estate and trust administration and representation of small businesses and real property matters. Gilda works with families to develop comprehensive estate plans that meet the clients’ financial and tax and family planning objectives. She routinely drafts wills, trusts (revocable and irrevocable), pre/post nuptial agreements, and powers of attorney for financial and health care decision making. Many of her clients need assistance planning for a disabled relative’s needs. Gilda drafts the necessary documents and helps families gain access to community resources for the disabled family member. Many also seek assistance from her on incorporating their charitable planning into an overall estate plan.
Gilda serves as a settlement attorney for Friendship Title, Inc., and also represents buyers and sellers of real property. She counsels business owners on business structures, employment matters, collection matters and business succession planning. Gilda handles trust and estate administration. She advises trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries on all matters during the period of administration, and prepares estate and gift tax returns, as well as estate and trust accountings.
Gilda is an active member of her Synagogue, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She is a member of both the Washington DC and Montgomery County, Maryland, Estate Planning Councils and is currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Estate Planning Council. In addition, she is on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.
Gilda is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Montgomery County and Maryland State Bar Associations and the District of Columbia Bar.
Gilda was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from the Georgetown Law Center. After graduating from law school, Gilda clerked on the Court of Appeals of Maryland for the Honorable Alan M. Wilner.
Gilda currently resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and three children.
Jessica Del Vecchio
Jessica Del Vecchio joined Krauthamer & Stahl in 1998 and currently oversees the estate and trust administration work at the firm.
Jessica prepares the necessary probate documents for filing with court, federal and state estate tax returns, and trust and estate accountings. She also handles asset transfers, coordinates and reviews appraisals of real and tangible personal property, and obtains asset values. Jessica routinely coordinates with the accountants and other professionals whose assistance is required for the handling of the estate or trust. For ongoing trusts, Jessica handles the books, coordinates distributions and payment of expenses with the Trustee, coordinates the filing of the fiduciary income tax returns with the accountant for the trust, corresponds with beneficiaries, and prepares annual accountings. Jessica also handles like-kind exchanges, leases, real property transactions and other real estate matters.
Jessica is from Cleveland, Ohio. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Miami University and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. Jessica currently lives in the District of Columbia and is an active volunteer with Bread for the City.