MEET OUR TEAM
At The Wright Firm, our top priority is to achieve your peace of mind. Our team will advise and empower you to achieve your estate planning and asset protection goals through creative and customized plans designed to fit your family, resources, priorities, and needs.
Richard T. Wright is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and holds a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. For over 40 years, Mr. Wright has worked extensively in estate and business planning, drafting wills and trusts, estate and gift tax planning, elder law, and estate and trust administrations.
Mr. Wright is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national organization of 2,600 lawyers elected by their peers for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.
Mr. Wright has a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of “AV Preeminent” and is included in the current editions of both Maryland Super Lawyers and Baltimore & Washington DC’s Best Lawyers. He has also received an Avvo rating of 10.0 for Top Attorney and Estate Planning.
Mr. Wright is the author or co-author of numerous estate and trust bills enacted by the Maryland Legislature, including, Title 5 of the Maryland Trust Act (dealing with creditors’ claims and discretionary and spendthrift trusts), the Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act, and Maryland legislation enabling state-only QTIP trusts and Maryland Marital Asset Protection Trusts. He also regularly writes and speaks on topics related to estate and gift taxation and family asset transfer and protection planning.
Mr. Wright is a Past Chair of the Section Council of the Maryland Bar Association Section on Estate and Trust Law and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association Estate and Trust Law Section. He is also a member of the state bar association’s Section on Elder Law and Disability Rights.
Locally, Mr. Wright serves on the Executive Committee of the Anne Arundel Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of the Annapolis Rotary Club and an advisor to the Annapolis Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. and the Anne Arundel County Community Foundation.
Mr. Wright is married to the former Marcia Roeder. Mrs. Wright is a graduate of Ursinus College and is a Maryland Certified Public Accountant. Mrs. Wright is employed by the Wright Firm to coordinate its estate and trust accounting and income tax practice.
Richard and Marcia have three children: Matthew, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who is currently on duty as a Navy pilot; Brandon, a graduate of Dartmouth College who is now working as a financial analyst in commercial real estate; and Lindsay, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holder of an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business who works as a Contract Specialist with the Federal Government.
For more than 20 years, Marcia R. Wright has served as The Wright Firm’s staff accountant concentrating her practice in the field of fiduciary accounting and the preparation of federal and Maryland estate and fiduciary income tax returns. In this capacity, she has a broad and varied experience preparing probate and trust accountings, valuing probate and trust property, analyzing financial issues faced by Maryland personal representatives and trustees, and preparing federal income tax Forms 1041 and Maryland Forms 504 and federal estate tax Forms 706 and Maryland Forms MET-1.
Marcia is a Maryland certified public accountant and is a member of the Maryland and Anne Arundel County Associations of Certified Public Accountants.
She is a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Following college, she worked in the United States Senate for two U.S. Senators, Roman Hruska (Nebraska) and S.I. Hayakawa (California), first as a Caseworker and then as a Legislative Assistant following Commerce Committee legislation. Marcia retired from the Senate in 1979 to become a stay-at-home Mom raising the Wrights’ three children: Matthew, Brandon, and Lindsay. While at home raising three children, she took accounting, finance and related courses at Anne Arundel Community College and the University of Maryland to become eligible to pass the Maryland CPA exam.
In addition to her professional career, Marcia has served as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Annapolis, Maryland and the Annapolis Republican Central Committee.
Lisa Bechtel, Funding & Settlement Coordinator
Lisa Bechtel is The Wright Firm’s Funding and Settlement Coordinator. In this role, she handles estate and trust asset retitling and funding for our clients, as well as coordinating these transfers with banks, brokers, insurance agents, and other financial professionals.
Lisa’s engaging personality and varied background in business administration and accounting provide a perfect foundation for the services she provides to our clients. She is a native of Anne Arundel County and graduated from Chesapeake High School. After high school, she worked for the F.B.I. in Washington, DC and attended the Anne Arundel County Police and Corrections Academy. She now has an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the Anne Arundel Community College’s School of Business and Law.
When Lisa isn’t working, she enjoys life spending time with her daughter, the outdoors, and nature and pursuing her interests in photography and pyrography.
Bethany A. Clasing
Bethany Clasing has worked for The Wright Firm as a Legal Assistant since her senior year at Broadneck High School. She is now our full time Legal Assistant who also manages the reception area. In this role, she handles scheduling, billing, researching and recording deeds and other public records, organizing and managing our files, and assisting staff with day to day activities.
She currently attends Anne Arundel Community College and is excelling academically toward a dual degree in Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Studies. She is also taking full advantage of the college’s law library as a member of the college’s Legal Studies Club. Bethany plans to graduate from Anne Arundel Community College and to then transfer to a four-year institution to obtain her bachelor’s degree. In her leisure time, Bethany enjoys taking her husky for long walks by the water, reading books, and learning new languages.