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About Nicholas D. Ward

Dealing with matters of estate can be cumbersome and confusing. From making sure you have legal documents in place in the event of your death to handling a loved one’s assets after they’ve passed, navigating the legal system is probably the last thing you want to take on. No one understands this more than Nicholas D. Ward.

We understand how stressful, but important, it is to make sure your estate is in order. That’s why the Law Office of Nicholas D. Ward provides our clients with over 45 years of estate law experience to help make the process easier. With experience working for the court system and as a practicing lawyer, you can trust that we know Washington D.C. law like the back of our hand. Over the years, Nicholas D. Ward has become a recognized name in the field of estate planning. He has remained active outside of his practice over the years. His peers elected him as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1978 where, he is the third longest term member. In addition, his publisher, Lexis-Nexis (Matthew Bender), believes his contemporaries continue to have respect for his competence because his co-edited work, Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner, is in its fourth edition, with release twelve about to be published.

Learn more about his background below and then schedule a consultation by calling 202-289-6440 today.


Columbia College, N.Y., N.Y. B.A. 1963

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. L.L.B. 1966

Bar Admission

District of Columbia, January 20, 1967

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, February 17, 1967

United States Supreme Court, May 16, 1977

United States Tax Court, June 3, 1987

Employment History

January 1967 – December 1972 Associate, Hamilton and Hamilton

January 1973-April 1985 Partner, Hamilton and Hamilton

April 1985- September 1987 Partner, Muir and Ward

September 1987 – April 1988, Partner Noterman and Ward

April 1988 – October 1994, Principal, Law Office of Nicholas D. Ward

October 1994-June 1996, Of Counsel, Hewes, Morella , Gelband and Lamberton

June 1996-May 2006, Partner, Freideman, Irelan, Ward and Lamberton

June 2006 – Present, Principal, Law Office of Nicholas D. Ward


Author/Editor, Will and Testamentary Trust Forms Bar Assn D.C. lst Ed. 1974, 2nd Ed. 1982, 3rd Ed. Title Wills, Trusts & Estates 1993, 4th Ed. 2004, as Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner, (Release 11, December 2014) 3rd ed cited in Estate of Felicia_Spinner, 717 A.2d 362 (D.C. 1998)

State Editor, The Probate Counsel 1990 -92
State Editor, Wilkins, Drafting Will and Trust Documents (1981).

Author, “District of Columbia Law Developments” Estate Planning Newsletter, Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council 2003-8

Author, “Magna Carta and American Law.” In The St. Croix Review, Vol XLVIII, No. 3 (June/July 2015).

Author, "The Georgia Grind: Can the Common Law Accommodate the Problem of Title in the Art world, Observations on a Recent Case ", 8 J.C.&U.L. 533 (1982), cited in Estate of Theresa Davis McCaqq, 450 A.2d 414 (D.C. 1982)

Author, "Adverse Possession of Loaned or Stolen Objects - Is Possession Still 9/10ths of the Law " in Legal Problems of museum Administration (ALI-ABA 1980), cited in O'Keeffe v. Snyder, 416 A.2d 862 (N.J. 1980)


Consultant Register of Wills, Probate Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia 1987-88; Rules Consultant 1988-89.
Member, Superior Court of D.C. Advisory Committee on Probate and Fiduciary Rules 1975-
Participant in countless C.L.E. programs since 1981.

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, D.C. State Chair 1987-92.
Chairman, Estates and Trusts Section of D.C. Bar 1984-86
Fellow, National Association of College and University Attorneys