Lynn Caudle Boynton earned her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1979 and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1982. Ms. Boynton is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. She is a long-time resident of the Washington Metropolitan area. Lynn is Past President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Past President of its nonprofit, the Bar Foundation for Montgomery County, Maryland; a 3,000-member organization. She currently serves on the nonprofit board, Montgomery Miracles, which supports the Mental Health and Drug Courts of Montgomery County, Maryland. She also serves on the board of Manor Connections, a nonprofit board created to help seniors age in place in their homes.
Ms. Boynton has practiced locally since 1982, beginning with her clerkship to the Honorable John F. McAuliffe, then a Circuit Court Judge, who was ultimately the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Maryland’s highest court. Lynn was associated with the firms Conroy, Fitzgerald, Ballman & Ridgeway, her current firm (then known as Debelius, Clifford & Debelius), Henry C. Clarke, Jr., Esquire with whom she co-owned Signature Settlement Services, and was a partner at Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger in Rockville before returning to Clifford, Debelius & Boynton, the firm where she began as a law clerk while still in college.
Lynn is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD (BAMC.ORG), Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Women’s Bar Association (WBA), affiliate of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), American Bar Association (ABA) and is a licensed title agent with Fidelity National Title Insurance Corporation.
She has substantial experience in a broad range of commercial and residential real estate matters, as well as probate, estate planning and business entity formation. In addition to being a partner at Clifford Debelius, Lynn is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, a national peer rating service. “A” represents competency and “V” represents ethics, both of which are the highest ratings an attorney can achieve. Lynn has been chosen as a “Super Lawyer”, featured in Bethesda magazine, named “Best of Wall Street” and chosen as a “Law Leader” by her peers. Lynn represented Montgomery County, MD in the purchase of 26 properties that comprise the Silver Spring Urban Renewal Project and has also represented Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning in real property acquisition transactions. She is often appointed by the Court in complex estates, guardianships, and trustee sales due to her attention to detail and fortitude in problem solving.
Lynn’s extensive real estate background over 30 years coupled with her estate planning and probate practice make it possible for her to protect clients’ best interests taking into consideration the implications a real estate transaction may have on estate planning and is capable of “funding” trusts for estate planning clients if it is part of the agreed upon estate plan.
Lynn resides in Rockville with her husband, their blended family of adult children, four of whom are married to wonderful spouses, five grandchildren and many grand dogs. Lynn has always been active in her community, sitting on her children’s school boards and community associations since the early 1980’s, volunteering and acting as counsel for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD and Stepping Stones Shelter.
Lynn’s favorite job is being a mother and grandmother. Therefore, she finds great satisfaction in helping families remain intact and work together to honor a client’s wishes, when they lose a loved one, by helping clients prepare for the inevitable in advance. This frees any of us of an important “to do” list item we are happy to put behind us, which is a tremendous gift to our survivors.
She is passionate about her work as it allows her to assist others to make certain their wishes are honored, helping them understand that by ironing out the necessary details while they are able, they eliminate any ambiguities that could result in dissention or misunderstanding among their survivors, therefore leaving behind the family legacy they worked their whole lives to create. Lynn feels that complete estate planning enables her to assist clients in sparing their families from the burden of an incomplete or messy estate, by anticipating the worst and being prepared for the many possibilities.