A. Scott Marlow joins the Firm as Principal

Smith Alling is pleased to announce that A. Scott Marlow has joined the firm as a Principal. For over 16 years, Scott has been practicing law in western Washington, with his primary focus on Family Law. Scott is a passionate, motivated Family Law attorney. He has extensive legal knowledge and experience, including an outstanding record of performance, handling high asset dissolutions, military dissolutions, parenting plan and support cases, adoption and termination of parental rights, and committed intimate relationships. Scott is empathetic about the concerns of his clients and the effects a family law action has on a family. As a former United States Marine, Scott also has a passion for helping and representing our military community. Scott has written and published a number of materials including “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know; Spousal Support, Child Support, and Parenting Plan Determinations.” Scott also has spoken on a number of Family Law events. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the “Top 100” recognition from the Association of American Trial Lawyers. Away from work, Scott enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three active children. He played and coached tennis in college.

Congratulations, Tom Quinlan!

This firm has conflicting emotions on the latest news about Smith Alling shareholder Tom Quinlan: pride and regret.It is with pride that we are pleased to announce that Tom is becoming a Pierce County Superior Court Judge.Yet we regret that he will be leaving us.

When An Estate Planning Attorney Can Help

Let’s say your mother has a trust that includes stocks that were your father’s. Possibly the stocks started as an employee purchase and were touched only two or three times over the years. Your mother receives a quarterly dividend from the stock, typically half in cash and half to the stock growth. So, what would the tax consequences be if this stock is left upon her death to be split among her three surviving children? Would it be better to start cashing the stock before she passes and put it in a trust account for her needs?