VERSTEGEN & FOBE is a boutique law firm with offices in the heart of Washington’s Central Business District, nearby the White House, the World Bank, the IMF, IDB, OAS, PAHO and other international organizations.

The firm concentrates its practice entirely in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and estate and gift taxation. The firm’s principal is multilingual, thus bringing together a unique mix of talents, skills, cultures and experiences, enabling him to provide high-quality, personalized and creative legal services in a timely and cost-effective manner.

As such, the firm has built its reputation among the staff of international organizations, embassies and the diverse community in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Unique Strengths

  • Extensive estate planning experience involving both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
  • Familiarity with green card, G-4 visa holders and diplomatic status
  • Familiarity with foreign legal systems
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  • French, Dutch, German and Spanish spoken
  • Personalized, timely and cost-effective services
  • Flat fees for document drafting

Firm Principal

Nicholas Fobe_Oct 18_2012_BFSFCU_2NICHOLAS M. FOBE grew up in Belgium, where he learned French, Dutch, English, German and is currently learning Spanish. In part because of his international background, he has developed an interest in how U.S. laws affect non-U.S. citizens living in the United States. Mr. Fobe studied law at the Universities of Fordham, Georgetown and Exeter. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He is a sought after lecturer on Trust and Estates, Estate and Gift Taxation at International Organizations including the World Bank, IMF, IDB, OAS, PAHO, and several Federal Credit Unions of International Organizations. Mr. Fobe has taught a course on Wills and Estates for the paralegal program at Georgetown University.




Ashley PicASHLEY HENNE is a dual German-American citizen, who grew up in Germany and later moved to Washington, D.C. She graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2017, with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology, and a minor in Classics. Ashley is fluent in German and English, and likes to brush up on her Spanish and Modern Greek when she gets the chance. As a language enthusiast, Ashley also enjoys translating Ancient Greek and Latin texts. She also tutors and coaches students from the German International School in soccer on the weekends. With her international background, Ashley enjoys assisting the International Community as a paralegal at VERSTEGEN & FOBE. Please email ahenne@fobelaw.com to schedule an appointment, request a fee schedule, or if you have questions about the estate planning process.