Attorney Elsa W. Smith


1125 West Street,
Suite 200
Annapolis, Maryland  21401

Practice Areas: Wills & Estate Planning, Probate, Business Formation

Elsa W. Smith is the founder and managing member of the Law Offices of Elsa W. Smith, LLC, a highly-sought after estate planning firm serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her clients benefit from Elsa’s more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer.  Elsa has been repeatedly recognized as a Top Rated Estate Planning Lawyer in Maryland by Super Lawyers. Elsa focuses her practice on wills and estate planning and business formation services. She counsels individuals, families and business owners in the creation of wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney and advance directives. In addition, Elsa assists small and emerging businesses with contract drafting and review, corporate organization, drafting business policies, expansion and growth consultations, and business succession planning.

The Law Offices of Elsa W. Smith, LLC is proudly minority and woman-owned whose mission is to empower women through estate planning. Elsa is a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Cuban descent. As a small business owner herself, Elsa understands the challenges your business faces.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami. Elsa is licensed in Maryland and District of Columbia. Her main office is located in Annapolis, Maryland.

Elsa has an established and noteworthy record of service in professional and community organizations. Elsa has donated her time as a volunteer estate planning attorney with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. She is currently Vice President of the American Business Women’s Association-Maryland Capital Chapter. She is a member of the Bar Associations of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. Elsa also serves on the Estate & Trusts Section – Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, among her other organizational memberships. Over the years, attorney Elsa W. Smith has been a guest on radio, television and internet programs, and featured in printed publications. Elsa has a YouTube channel at elsawsmithlaw dedicated to providing free information on wills, estate planning and startup business topics.


B.B.A., University of Miami School of Business (Coral Gables, FL)

J.D., University of Miami School of Law

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice


District of Columbia

United States District Court, District of Maryland

United States Supreme Court

Select Honors and Awards

Leading Lawyer, What’s Up? Media (2022-2023)

Super Lawyers, Maryland, Estate Planning & Probate (2022)

Super Lawyers, Maryland, Estate Planning & Probate (2021)

Top Ten Business Woman of ABWA, American Business Women’s Association (2021)

Select Speaking Engagements, Seminars and Interviews

Webinar Guest Presenter: “Estate Planning for Women: Understanding the Basics,” SHE SUMMIT, She Leads She Speaks/Toastmasters International (March 26, 2022)

Webinar Guest Presenter: Estate Planning Webinar hosted by Annapolis Mothers of Multiples (March 21, 2022)

Webinar Guest Presenter: “Estate Planning for Military Families,” Active Military and Veteran Home Buyers and Sellers Seminar (February 18, 2022)

Interview with Journalist Taylor Thomas, “Managing Your End of Year Financial Decisions,” Black Press USA – FIYAH Live (December 23, 2021)

Interview with Journalist Taylor Thomas on Estate Planning, Black Press USA (February 18, 2021)

Interview with Tess Silverman, r(E)volutionary Woman podcast (November 2021)

Webinar Guest Presenter: Wills, Estate Planning & Retirement Workshop, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter (November 5, 2021)

Webinar Guest Presenter: “How to Go From Overwhelm to Empowerment,” Abounding Grace Church International (September 23, 2021)

Interview with Malcolm Ethridge, Building Generational Wealth Through Proper Estate Planning, Tech Money Podcast (June 23, 2021)

Webinar Guest Presenter: “Putting Your Mask On First: Estate Planning for Today’s Woman,” Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Eta Theta Sigma Alumnae Chapter (April 10, 2021)

Webinar Guest Presenter: Wills, Estate Planning & Retirement Workshop, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter (November 25, 2020)

Guest Presenter Wills, Estate Planning & Retirement Workshop, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter (April 13, 2019)

Guest Presenter: Estate Planning Webinar, “Estate Planning in Uncertain Times: How to Get Ready and Stay Ready,” Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Annapolis (MD) Alumni Chapter (December 12, 2020)

Spanish-Language Presenter: COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force Virtual Community Forum- Life and Health Planning (Review of Estate Planning Documents), Maryland Attorney General, Maryland State Bar Association (October 21, 2020)

Guest Presenter: Estate Planning, American Business Women’s Association – Oxon Hill Charter Chapter Chapter Meeting (September 19, 2020)

Presenter, “How to Take Control of Your Life and Legacy Through Estate Planning,” Family Matters Workshop, Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church (March 14, 2020)

Interview with Davina Frederick, “Transformation from Litigator to Transactional Lawyer,” Wealthy Woman Lawyer podcast (February 18, 2020)

Guest Presenter: “Estate Planning for Women: What You Need To Know,” American Business Women’s Association – DC Charter Chapter (August 27, 2018)

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