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George A. Aitken

Partner

work: 410-842-0573

work fax: 410-296-6654

email: gaaitken@wealaw.com

Mr. Aitken’s legal practice spans all aspects of the preservation and transmission of family wealth from simple wills to highly complex estate tax strategies for clients with net worth exceeding one hundred million dollars.  He has represented a diversity of clients concerning estate planning, closely-held businesses, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, tax compliance and tax controversies.  For his clients, Mr. Aitken prepares income tax returns for individuals, trusts and estates, in addition to inheritance tax returns, estate tax returns and gift tax returns.  If a tax problem arises, Mr. Aitken represents clients before federal and state taxing authorities to provide an effective resolution of the issues.  Mr. Aitken also has extensive experience with the administration of decedents’ estates, including probate assets, non-probate assets, and retirement assets.  In addition to counseling individual and institutional clients with these matters, he also assists with the estate, gift, inheritance and income taxation issues that are frequently encountered by trustees and executors.  Mr. Aitken also brings his wealth of experience to assist clients with family wealth controversies regarding estate and trust administration, will contests, trust reformations and other fiduciary matters, such as guardianships.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Trusts and Estates – Planning and Administration
  • Tax

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Maryland, 1995
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Taxation
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Sections on Estates and Trusts and Taxation
  • Member, Baltimore Estate Planning Council
  • Harford Leadership Academy Class of 2009

EDUCATION

  • D. with Honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1995
    • Honors:  Order of the Coif (top 10%), The Judge Morton P. Fisher Memorial Prize Award for work in Estate and Gift Tax, the American Jurisprudence Award for work in Commercial Paper, the Bridgewater M. Arnold Prize for work in Commercial Paper and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal Price for work in Bankruptcy
  • S. Summa Cum Laude
    • Adelphi University, 1990

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

  • Rutledge & Aitken, Partner, 2009 to 2019
  • Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, Associate, 1995 - 2009
  • Captive Counsel for Liberty Mutual, Law Clerk, 1990 – 1995
  • Spellman High Voltage, Quality Assurance and Test Manager, 1981 - 1990

IN THE COMMUNITY

  • ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, Past Board Member
  • Hearing and Speech Agency, Inc., Past Board Member