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Stefan C. Nicholas, Attorney

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Stefan C. Nicholas is a director and chair of Jackson & Campbell’s Estates and Trusts practice group and a member of the Business Law practice group. He has extensive experience in drafting wills, trusts, and all ancillary documents in connection with estate and gift-tax planning, as well as asset-protection planning, including both on- and off-shore asset-protection trusts and the use of corporate entities. Stefan also has extensive experience with sophisticated wealth transfer techniques such as grantor retained interest trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, and defective grantor trusts.

In addition, Stefan specializes in developing exit-planning strategies for business owners, and has counseled clients on estate planning, business succession planning, and asset-protection planning with an emphasis on managing the tax impact that liquidity events have on a client’s personal assets. He has guided clients on completing mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and has negotiated partnership, management, shareholder, employment, and confidentiality agreements on behalf of numerous clients.

Stefan earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Moore Society of International Law and the Black Law Students Association. Before that, Stefan earned his master’s in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia Wilson School of Foreign Affairs. He received a BA in International Relations from Georgetown University, which he followed with academic stints in Prague in the Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany, where he earned a Certificate of German Language and Culture from the Goethe Institute.

Stefan is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

Stefan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Estates and Trusts Bar of the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Wealth Counsel and the Business Enterprise Institute, and is currently treasurer and a member of the board of directors for DC Vote and the chairman of the board of the Hilda & Charles Mason Charitable Foundation. Stefan also serves on the advisory board for Eagle Bank and the George Washington Cancer Institute, as well as the Alumni Board for Georgetown Day School.

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

I’m not afraid of storms,
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– Louisa May Alcott

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein