Professional Details

MARY W. LYONS
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Just Resolutions, LLC

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Description of Practice

Divorce and taxes are two subjects that are often difficult for people. Divorces are often emotional, messy situations that are fraught with feelings of distrust and betrayal. Taxes are complex and often difficult to understand. Thus, it is no surprise that few people are enthusiastic about considering the impact of taxes in the context of a divorce. Mediators (as well as family law attorneys) often struggle with properly educating a couple on the financial complexities of their settlements. A failure to consider the tax effects of the settlement during divorce negotiations can have a substantial negative effect on the parties' ability to come to an agreement that is fair and equitable. The Tax Code provides for certain benefits (non-recognition of tax) on transfers of property incident to a divorce, but these transfers must be planned, and the benefits can be lost if people proceed without the proper guidance. Furthermore, considerations regarding the tax treatment and associated tax basis of transferred property as part of a divorce must be considered. Failure to take these factors into account can result in unexpected tax liability and dissatisfaction with the settlement in the long run. Especially in cases that concern financial matters, Just Resolutions is here to help clients make the best possible decisions about how to resolve a stressful situation successfully. Most often, within a few hours, clients can arrive at a settlement they are satisfied with—and one that makes financial sense for both parties.

Professional Background

Mary is an experienced, full-time, professional family mediator with Virginia and Florida Supreme Court certification, as well as a tax attorney, and is available to help you come to a divorce settlement that you will be satisfied with in the long-term, and with less stress and costs than litigation. Mary practiced as a tax attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for eight years, as well as in the private sector. She has mediated hundreds of family cases, and sincerely believes that mediation provides the greatest likelihood that conflicts can be resolved in a way that maximizes the well-being of the family going forward. Mary's vision is to change the way people resolve their differences by reducing conflict and, thereby, improve the lives of her clients. Mary has over 300 hours of mediation and negotiation training from numerous institutions.

Degrees

LL.M. in Tax with Distinction Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. with Honors George Washington University Law School, B.A. University of Virginia

Other Information

Online mediation available nationwide.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Probate
  • Tax

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.