Friday, October 22, 2021 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
University of Maryland
For anyone who is a parent, has a significant other, or owns assets, creating a will is important. And yet, a majority of American adults (58%) do not have one. You do not want to leave your legacy to someone who doesn’t know you. If you do not have a will that designates your executor or leaves instructions for the dissemination of your estate, the courts will make those decisions for you. A will provides a blueprint for your family and the court, so they know how to proceed with your wishes.
The Wills Week Conference offers free and useful estate planning information designed to help you get the process started. Held in conjunction with National Estate Planning Awareness Week and hosted by the Office of Gift Planning at UMD, Office of Planned Giving at UMB, and the University of Maryland Alumni Association, the conference consists of four informational sessions presented by experts in their field:
  • Estate Planning the Simple Way
  • Wills and Probate
  • Life Insurance
  • Planning for Medicare/Medicaid/Long-Term Care


Cheryl JonesElizabeth Green, Attorney with PK Law

Elizabeth Green is a Member in the Wealth Preservation Department of Pessin Katz Law. She works closely with her clients in preparing the necessary documents including wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives and various forms of trusts to ensure her clients’ estate planning needs and wishes are achieved. She received her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.


John KernJohn KernAdvanced Planning Project Coordinator at Maryland Volunteer Legal Service (MVLS)

In this role, John develops relationships with community organizations to raise awareness of the importance of estate planning for low-income individuals while connecting those in need with MVLS’ free legal services. MVLS is a private, non-profit legal services provider established in 1981 to help meet the need for civil legal services in Maryland.


James LeeJames Lee, Partner and Financial Advisor of Metropolitan Wealth Advisors

James has 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. His areas of expertise include asset management and financial planning. Metropolitan Wealth Advisors is a wealth management firm that specializes in helping people tackle everyday financial goals, offering planning for retirement, tax planning, life insurance, estate planning, and asset management.


Judy VereenJudy Vereen, New York Life Insurance Company

Judy joined New York Life in 2005 after a career in financial services. Judy’s core business is working with clients at all stages of life, retirement, and estate planning, including small business owners, through financial services, annuities, and life insurance policies.



Free to attend

RSVP by: 

Ellie Geraghty, Director of Alumni Career Programs, UMD Alumni Association,

Patricia Wang, University of Maryland College Park, Office of Gift Planning,

Elizabeth Connors, University of Maryland Baltimore, Office of Planned Giving,