Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Associate, Paley Rothman
  • Estate Planning, Tax Law
  • Maryland, Pennsylvania
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Laura Thomas is an Associate in the firm’s Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Tax and Corporate practice groups. She advises individuals, families and small business of their estate planning needs and tax needs. Laura takes extra care to accommodate her clients’ wishes, understanding that estate administration is often emotionally difficult, and that a well formed plan can be crucial to helping a family get through a challenging time. She is diligent in her drafting of wills, trusts, advance directives, powers of attorney, business formation agreements and transfer documents.
Prior to joining Paley Rothman as an Associate, Laura worked at the office of the Comptroller of Maryland as a Tax Consultant in the Estate Tax Unit. While there, she examined and audited Maryland estate tax returns and refund claims; corresponded with attorneys, accountants, Personal Representatives and Register of Wills offices regarding Maryland estate tax returns; responded to tax inquiries regarding the Maryland estate tax; and reviewed estate tax closing letters, penalty and interest waivers and payment plans. She also spoke to groups of lawyers and accountants about the Maryland estate tax, and assisted with Tax Court cases. Before working at the Comptroller’s office, she was an estate planning Associate at another law firm.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Corporate
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Paley Rothman
Villanova University School of Law
LL.M. (2016) | Taxation
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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
J.D. (2011)
Activities: - President, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International - Treasurer, Health Law Society
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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
B.A. (2006)
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“Rising Stars” (2013-2014, 2018)
Maryland Super Lawyers
"Rising Stars"
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers
best Law Firms
U.S. News & Best Lawyers
- Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates
Howard County’s Finest Under 35
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Howard County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section, Estates & Trusts Section
Activities: Young Lawyers’ Section, Estates & Trusts Section
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Maryland State Bar
Activities: - Estates & Trusts Section Council - Estates & Trusts Section - Young Lawyers’ Division
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American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division
- Vice-Chair, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Committee
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Websites & Blogs
Paley Rothman
Contact & Map
Paley Rothman
4800 Hampden Lane
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Telephone: (301) 656-7603
Fax: (301) 654-7354
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