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Mary Alice Smolarek

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Mary Alice Smolarek

Contact

Phone (410) 659-1318 (direct dial)

Fax (410) 659-1350 (fax)

Email masmolarek@wcslaw.com

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Areas of Practice

  • Estates & Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Guardianship
  • Non profits

Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell's 2014 Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyer

Named to Top Women Lawyer in the Northeast for Trust & Estate, Wills & Probate, 2011 Martindale-Hubbell®

Maryland Super Lawyers®, 2007-2015

Avvo Rated 10.0

Elected to two-year term on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Governors, 2010.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1987

Syracuse University, A.B. 1984 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Maryland State Bar

District of Columbia

Mary Alice Smolarek has over twenty-five years experience practicing in estate planning, estate administration and trust administration. She is a strong communicator and a very personable attorney.

Ms. Smolarek joined Wright Constable & Skeen in 1993. She is a former editor of the Estate and Trust Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association and and serves as Secretary for the Section’s newsletter. Ms. Smolarek is active in local and state bar activities and is a life time fellow of the Maryland State Bar Foundation and the Baltimore Bar Foundation. She is a past member of the Maryland State Board of Governors.  Ms. Smolarek is a past president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and a past president of the Baltimore Bar Foundation. 

Her work has garnered recognition from professional groups and publications. She has been named to the list of Super Lawyers for her practice areas each year for almost a decade, and was previously named in a list of Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast by Martindale-Hubbell. She has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. 

Ms. Smolarek enjoys spending her spare time with her husband at their West Virginia weekend home and respite. 

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTELE

Business owners, executives, individuals and businesses. Ms. Smolarek advises Personal Representatives and Trustees.

EXPERIENCE

Estate planning including Wills, Revocable or Living Trusts, Advance Medical Directives or Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Irrevocable Trusts such as Grantor Trusts, Disability Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRT);  Family Partnerships, Family Business planning, Business Succession planning, Buy-Sell Agreements and Split Dollar Agreements; and Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRAT and CRUT), Charitable Lead Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities, and Charitable Pooled Income Funds; Estate administration, and Trust administration, Fiduciary Responsibilities.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and Tax Section

District of Columbia Bar Association, Estate and Trust Section

Maryland State Bar Association, Estate and Trust Section, Tax Section and Elder Law Section

Bar Association of Baltimore City, President (2009-2010)

Baltimore Bar Foundation, President (2007-2008) and life time fellow

Maryland Bar Foundation, life time fellow

Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors (2010-2012)

Maryland State Bar Association Specialty and Local Bar Liaison Committee

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS

Articles and Presentations on Basics of Estate Planning, Sophisticated Estate Planning Techniques, Charitable Giving and Estate Planning Techniques, Advance Directives and Disability Planning, Basic Estate tax Planning, and Planning with Life Insurance.