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Thomas P Downs

Wills and living wills Attorney at Laurel, MD

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Tom Downs, Thomas Downs

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 41 years
    Maryland - MD 41 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Wills and living wills
    34%
    We assist families with putting wills in place and making end of life decisions

    42 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Probate
    33%
    Approximately half of my practice now is administer trusta and assist with probate cases. We prepare Estate Tax returns, and assist in funding post death trusts.

    42 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Trusts
    33%
    We have assisted families since with creating and funding trusts to avoid court, reduce taxes and assure that the right people are in charge when it matters most.

    28 years, 2,000 cases

I have a practice dedicated to helping people prepare for their eventual incapacity and/or death. In facing these realities of living, I help them write graceful transitions at these difficult times. It is planning their legacies. 

In my prior practice, I did general law, and eventually concentrated in divorce law. With a divorce, I always felt that we started with a pie, and in the end their was less for everyone. 

In Estate Planning, we start with a pie, and in the end, there is more for everyone. 

I take pride in helping families navigate through difficult circumstances effectively and efficiently.

Stated, so well,

"Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do.Thinking about death clarifies your life." 

Candy Chang, "Before I die, I want to... " TED Talks July 2012

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
2020

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Location

The Downs Law Firm PC
322 Main Street
Suite 102
Laurel, MD, 20707-4129

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cat | September 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
The Downs Law Firm made our father's estate planning process as seamless as possible during a most difficult time for our family. They are extremely knowledgeable and were promptly responsive to our many questions throughout the process. Very reasonable fee. Highly recommend and will be referring them to close family and friends!
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Posted by Angela Sanyal | June 20, 2023
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A Will and last testament.
The service was outstanding, professional, transparent and timely. I could not have picked a better company to get this done.
Posted by Lipkeys | January 13, 2023
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Fait Accompli
We are grateful to Tom Downs Law Firm for guiding us through the process of developing and preparing our Wills. The Downs Lawfirm welcomed us like family. Tom handled our Wills with the utmost care and integrity alleviating all our concerns. We trust Tom implicitly and recommend him with no reservations.
Posted by Lettie | July 14, 2022
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Satisfied client
I am so relieved to finally have my will in place. I was made comfortable with the process and everything went so smoothly. Mr. Downs and Rachael were professional and clear in making sure I was clear in what I wanted and what Maryland law specifies.
Posted by Raymond | February 8, 2022
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Outstanding down-to-earth lawyer!
Mr. Downs was referred to us from a dear friend. We hired him to handle our estate for us, and he was compassionate when he saw that we dreaded completing this effort. He and his staff "spoon-fed" us with simple questions that we could answer easily. Capturing this data transformed into a living official set of documents in a notebook for updating when required. Thanks to Mr. Downs and his staff for making a seemingly unpleasant task less so. So down-to-earth!
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2021
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TRUST DEVELOPMENT
Trusts are very difficult to comprehend for the average person. Unlike my previous Trust Lawyer, Mr. Downs and his staff were able to break this down in layman terms which enabled my wife and I to appreciate and understanding these complex decisions required for a Trust. Mr. Downs and his staff are complete professionals who are patient, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. More importantly, their fee to update my previous Trust was very reasonable when compared to some other attorneys we consulted. Highly recommended if you are considering establishing a Trust.
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Posted by Patricia | October 28, 2020
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Excellent customer service !
It was a pleasure to do business with you all! Excellent customer service! Thank you for your your support !
Posted by Kim | October 1, 2020
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Fantastic experience
Mr. Downs and his staff were friendly and professional as they walked my husband and me through the process of completing our will and living will. It's tough with young children to think through all of the scenarios that make these documents necessary, and they could not have been more patient. We feel so lucky to have completed this process with such ease and to be as prepared as possible for our future and our children's future.
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Posted by Maria | August 27, 2020
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Exceptional Service
Highly recommend Mr. Downs' firm. He and his team provided excellent service throughout our process in drafting our wills. Mr. Downs took the time to explain the entire process, answered our questions in a timely manner, and provided a thorough review of our will and associated documents. An important investment of our time and money and extremely pleased with his expertise and service!
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Posted by Mary | August 26, 2020
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They made it all so easy.
Everyone at the Downs Law Firm made our estate planning easy and uncomplicated. While drawing up a will is not the most pleasant process everything was handled in a respectful and understandable manner. The pandemic caused adjustments to the usual procedures and precautions were taken to make it as safe a process as possible. Our family has worked with the Downs Law Firm for year and we will continue to.
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Posted by Nkonko | March 12, 2020
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Report on work with Eric Turkman
Eric Turkman is a good-natured and welcoming lawyer. He listened attentively to all my legal needs, and provided advice where I needed some, including, for example, whether I should or should not include my grandchildren in the Will. He was thorough in answering my questions and very sympathetic with my particular situation. I am happy Eric revised my documents several times to ensure that their contents reflected my wishes. It was a pleasure working with Eric, and I would not hesitate recommending him to my friends and relatives should they need a lawyer to draft their Will.
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Posted by Joan | December 2, 2014
I finally did it and picked a great attorney!
I don't know why I had put this off...intimidated, invincible, not sure but at 59, I finally did it. Mr. Downs was highly recommended to me by a friend so I made the appointment. He is so down to earth and knowledgeable about the process and all the legal ins and outs. I thought it was basically going to be 'who do I leave what to' but it was much more comprehensive. What I liked the most was how comfortable he made this process. When I left I knew I had made the right decision and found a great guy to help me. Now, I can rest in peace!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Estate Planning Attorney
  • Downs Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Chapdelaine & Davis
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stern & Connelly
  • 1986 - 1991
  • Associate Attorney
  • Robert A. Ades & Associates
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Law Clerk
  • Prince George's County Circuit Court
  • 1982 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA Government and Politics
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Jimason
  • The rightful heirs eventually recovered completely

Associations

  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Estates and Trust Committee Past Chair
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Public Service Committee Past Chairman
  • 1985 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Thomas
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is professional, hardworking , and knowledgeable."
Trusts Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is excellent in his field."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is fantastic in estate planning. I trusted him with planning both the estates of my parents and my wife and me. In dealing with the death of my parents, I was so very grateful for Tom's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom Downs is a trusted , capable and honest advocate in the field of Estate and Elder law."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My client relied on Mr. Down's legal services in order to obtain a successful resolution to his case. Mr. Downs surpassed my client's expectations and he was a pleasure to work with. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
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Laurel Wills and living wills Lawyer Thomas P Downs
Thomas P Downs
Wills and living wills Attorney
Laurel, MD
Licensed for 41 years
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