“An estate plan is exactly that, a plan for a client's loved ones to follow during a difficult time. I take the time to understand a client's wishes and help them create a guide that makes estate administration as easy as possible.”

Laura Thomas


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Laura Thomas is an Associate in the firm’s Estate Planning, Estate & Trust AdministrationTax  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.

Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • Pennsylvania

  • LL.M. in Taxation, Villanova School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, 2016

  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2011
         - President, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International
         - Treasurer, Health Law Society

  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006

Accolades & Awards
  • 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

  • Maryland Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2013-2014, 2018-2019)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2018)

  • Howard County’s Finest Under 35 – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Civic & Community Involvement
  • Maryland State Bar Association
         - Estates & Trusts Section Council
         - Estates & Trusts Section
         - Young Lawyers’ Division

  • Howard County Bar Association – Young Lawyers’ Section, Estates & Trusts Section

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division
         - Vice-Chair, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Committee (2018-2019)

Speeches & Presentations
  • "Part 1 of 6 Estate Planning Tax Lunch Series: Current Developments in Fiduciary Income Taxation", DC Bar, October 2018

  • "Estate Tax Returns," MSBA CLE, June 2017