Thomas A Watson, LLM

Tom practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, business, taxation, and elder law. He helps individuals and families through all aspects of the estate planning process. He prepares wills and trusts and formulates specialized wealth transfer, charitable giving, and succession planning strategies. He also develops and implements disability and long term care planning strategies for elderly individuals and individuals with special needs. This includes Medicaid and VA benefit planning. After a loved one dies, he guides clients through the probate and trust administration process.

He also represents for profit business and non-profit organizations in formation, operation, reorganization, and related tax planning strategies. He provides advice in navigating various federal and Washington state income, excise, estate, and gift tax issues. Tom also prepares federal and state income tax returns and represents individuals and businesses in civil tax controversies before the IRS.

When Tom is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and two children (hopefully fishing).

Areas of Practice

    • Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, Business, Elder Law

Memberships and Activities

    • Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce – Past President
    • Cascade Covenant Church – Middle School Youth Leader
    • Northwest Railroad Museum – Trustee

Professional Admissions and Associations

    • Admitted to practice: Washington, Arkansas, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • Accredited Attorney before the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    • Member of: Washington State Bar Association – Real Property & Probate Section, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Publications

    • WAELA Fall 2015 CLE Materials – Frequently Asked Tax Questions of Elder Law Attorneys

Education

    • LL.M. – Master of Laws in Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
    • J.D. – Juris Doctor cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR
    • B.A. – Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Prior Experience

    • Extern – United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Arkansas
    • Summer Associate – Friday, Eldredge, & Clark

Academic Awards and Honors

  • 5 Star Estate Planning Professional – Seattle Magazine 2016
  • Craig Sterne Award for Estate Planning & Taxation
  • ΟΔΕ International Honors Society Award for Economics

Photo credit to Neyssa Lee Photography