Our Team

Suren G. Adams //  Founding Attorney
Suren G. Adams Attorney

Hello!  I am Suren G. Adams, your local Personal Family Lawyer®.

My goal is to be your trusted advisor helping you make the very best personal, financial, and legal decisions for your family throughout your lifetime. We want to help you now, and also help guide your loved ones when you can not be there in the future.

In short, my sole focus is to help families leave a legacy instead of a mess.

I want you to know that you have made a big step toward peace of mind simply by reading this.

We have many resources for you so you can ensure your family and loved ones stay out of probate court and out of family conflict, if and when something happens to you. I would love to share some of these resources with you going forward.

Browse around, see what we have, and feel free to request any of the complimentary resources we have available for you.  Below you will find the personal and professional bios for my team and I so you can get to know us a little better. We look forward to serving you!

Suren G. Adams

Suren G. Adams is the Founding Attorney of Adams Law Office, LLC, located in Bowie, MD.  This estate planning law firm is conveniently situated on the border of Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County, just 30 minutes outside of both Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland, and 10 minutes from Annapolis, Crofton, Gambrills, and Upper Marlboro.  

Suren G. Adams is an attorney with a passion for organization and for excellence. She founded Adams Law Office, LLC over 16 years ago to help her clients get their financial houses in order and find peace of mind. She is an experienced member of the Maryland Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, and the Christian Legal Society.

Suren obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and then completed course work for a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialty in Rhetoric. Suren then obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University Law School. She is a published author and speaker, presenting on estate planning throughout the Maryland and DC metro area on radio and tv.

Suren was born in Guyana, South America and moved to Durham, North Carolina with her family as a young child. A few years later, the family relocated to Maryland. Suren, her husband, and her son, now live in Bowie, MD, where Adams Law Office is also located.  Literally growing up in the firm, Suren’s son, Nicholas, plans on becoming a lawyer like his mom and eventually working with the kids of our current clients -- talk about legacy!

Melody M. Haynes  //  Associate Attorney

Melody M. Haynes is an Associate Attorney at Adams Law Office, specializing in Estate Planning.  Melody earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Oakwood University, a Master’s degree in Education from Morgan State University, and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in public and governmental service from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She began her professional career in 2000 as a high school English teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System, but after seeing the plight of many of her students, she was inspired to go to law school to help effect changes in the community and the future her students faced.  Melody began her legal career fighting for justice as a Criminal Trial Attorney and represented more than 20,000 clients and celebrated countless victories before judges and juries.

After losing her father suddenly and having to help her family pick up the pieces, Melody found her true calling in Estate Planning.  She finds joy and the impact she hoped for in her legal career by helping individuals and families plan and establish a legacy for future generations.

When she’s not in the office, Melody enjoys spending time with her husband and children in their home in Upper Marlboro. She also enjoys good food, traveling, supporting the arts, and serving at her church.  Everyone at the office agrees that Melody’s name really captures her sweet personality and our clients truly appreciate the way she is able to make the complex topic of Estate Planning easy to understand and approachable.

S. Maria Golder  //  Associate Attorney
S. Maria Golder

S. Maria Golder is an Associate Attorney at Adams Law Office.   She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) from Stevenson University in 2010 and her Juris Doctorate degree (Cum Laude) from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2018. While in law school, Maria was inducted into the Royal Graham Shannon house III Honor Society for achieving academic excellence and she served as a Staff Editor on Law Review.

Maria joined Adams Law Office, LLC to pursue her passion for helping clients navigate through financial hardship. Maria has an overwhelming amount of compassion for individuals and families faced with life’s challenges, which is why she decided to switch from her former role as a debt collection attorney. Now, Maria enjoys the satisfaction of helping clients obtain a fresh start through the bankruptcy process. She also has passion for estate planning, probate administration, and helping clients and their families avoid unnecessary conflict and having a judge make significant familial decisions, which she personally experienced after her grandmother’s passing. Maria’s goal is to provide each client with excellent legal services, from their first contact with the firm to the conclusion of their case and beyond.

Jon A Spiers  //  Paralegal

Jon A. Spiers is the firm’s Estate Planning Paralegal assisting clients with procedural estate planning questions especially regarding the asset funding process, changes they may need to their plans pre- and post-signing, and managing the asset funding process.  Jon graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Maryland University College in Political Science. He was a regular on the Dean’s List and diligently applies his excellent work ethic to his position at Adams Law Office. Jon is an avid sports lover in an office where the favorite sport is shoe shopping.  He brings a needed perspective to the team to say the least. Jon plans on starting law school part-time in the Fall of 2020 while continuing his integral work with Adams Law Office clients. He is the primary client service contact ensuring that quick questions can get answered promptly and efficiently and that more detailed legal questions can be addressed by one of the attorneys promptly.  We are grateful to have Jon as such an integral part of our team and hope to have him join the team as an Estate Planning Lawyer upon graduation from law school.

Essence S. Hudson  //  Paralegal

Essence S. Hudson is one of the valued Paralegal team members at Adams Law Office. Essence assists clients with compiling the information needed to accurately create their estate plans and leave a legacy intangible assets along with the tangible assets of a traditional estate plan. She also manages the firm’s Membership Program so that we can keep our clients and their loved ones protected for a lifetime.  Essence graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Stevenson University, where she was active in the Legal Society and Criminal Justice Student Association. She also participated in Lead America through the Law & Justice Program at George Washington University. Essence has volunteered at her local church and enjoys working with children. She is looking forward to going to law school in the near future so that she be part of the next generation of lawyers protecting families and their legacies.  Essence is a great resource to our clients and is always ready to help fulfill the firm’s mission of excellence.

Gabi A. Schmidt  //  Receptionist

Gabi A. Schmidt is our newest team member, and we are thrilled to have her as our receptionist. Gabi is the friendly voice that will greet you when you call and the smiling face that will greet you when you come to the office. With years of customer service experience, she assists clients with appointment scheduling, helps our team serve our clients better, and runs our seminar and webinar production. Gabi is a wife, the mom of two adult kids, and office mom to our firm’s puppy, Lola!

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