E. Tillman “Ace” Stirling, a lawyer who specialized in probate and wills and retired in the early 2000s from the law firm of Hamilton and Hamilton in Washington, died Feb. 24 at Arden Courts assisted living center in Kensington, Md. He was 86.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Janie Stirling. He was a Chevy Chase, Md., resident.

Mr. Stirling spent much of his career as a partner of the Washington firm that became Reasoner, Davis and Fox. The firm eventually merged with Hamilton and Hamilton.

Edwin Tillman Stirling was a fourth-generation Washingtonian and a 1946 graduate of the private St. Albans School in the District. After Army service, he graduated from George Washington University in 1951 and from its law school in 1953.

He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington before entering private practice in 1958. He was a Legal Aid lawyer from 1958 to 1963.

He was a past board chairman St. Albans School and the private Norwood School in Bethesda and a past board member of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. He was a member of St John’s Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase and served many years as its chancellor, or legal adviser.

He was a past president of the Society of the Cincinnati’s Virginia chapter.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Genevieve Ruffner “Janie” Stirling of Chevy Chase; three children, Catherine Stirling of Annapolis, Clark Stirling of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Stephen Stirling of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Margheritta Allardice of Potomac and Elisabeth Stirling of Santa Fe, N.M.; and eight grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein