About our Team in Bethesda, MD

F. William Hessmer, IV is a founding partner of Thomason & Hessmer, LLC. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the Washington College of Law, American University. Mr. Hessmer's legal practice focuses on estate planning, international estate planning, estate and trust administration, corporate formation and planning, non-profit entity creation and planning, Federal estate and gift tax and State estate tax planning, and other related practice areas, with individuals, families, non-profit organizations and small businesses. His practice includes consultation on revocable trusts, wills, life insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, retirement plan distributions, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, international wealth transfer transactions, simple and complicated estate and gift tax issues, and other issues relating to the transfer of wealth. He serves clients throughout the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. area and also advises many clients in other areas of the United States and several foreign countries.

Mr. Hessmer is from the New Jersey-New York area and has been a resident of the Washington area for 35 years. At the Washington College of Law, he was a founding member, senior editor and on the executive board of the Administrative Law Journal. In addition, he was a member of many committees of the law school, an elected member of the student government for his last two years, and remains an active alumnus. He is a published author on social security disability appeals and is currently rated by Martindale-Hubbell with an attorney peer review rating of BV Distinguished (very high legal ability and ethical standards). Mr. Hessmer is a frequent speaker and lecturer on estate planning and related topics and has spoken before groups ranging from senior citizens groups to brokerage, financial planning, accountant, and non-profit groups. He is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland State, American, and United States Supreme Court Bar Associations.

Evelyn Betts Thomason - Of Counsel

Evelyn Betts Thomason is a founding partner of Thomason and Hessmer, LLC and a graduate of Drake University in accounting and the Washington College of Law at American University. In 2008 Ms. Thomason transferred her partnership to Mr. Hessmer and is now Of Counsel to the firm. She now services her existing clients and referrals from her current client base.