August 2021 Newsletter

July marks the midpoint for summer, but for many of us, it often seems summer is racing toward a close. School starts in many metro counties during the first part of August, and we have the anticipation of the dog days of oppressive heat that we can only hope will ease next month.

Last year at this time, we were already longing for 2021. Now we realize it’s halfway gone. We look back at our trials and successes with Covid so far, having ridden the coattails of hope through the months. As if to punctuate our belief in a better future, the US marked midyear with a trip to space for our youngest and oldest astronauts.

Building 3,000 flags is just the beginning for this local commemorative event. Join us in one community’s preparation for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Learn about the special event being planned for that observance next month — Field of Flags — and how you can be a part of it.

Find out why our own adoption expert, Judy Sartain, is encouraging anyone who has adopted to fill out a national survey about their experience. The survey and information about the project is available to adoptive parents via this link.

This month’s Attorney Spotlight recognizes Marlys Bergstrom. Read about why she is such an asset to the firm and an advocate for her clients.

Given the recent increase in Covid cases, we are re-implementing some of our virus protocols to keep us and our clients safe through this surge. Reach out to your account manager if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for working with us to keep yourself, other clients, and our employees safe and healthy!

Community News

Field of Flags – Remembering 9/11

This year, so that we may remember and appreciate those lost to us on 9/11, local groups are planning to show their respect through recognition of the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Every five years, the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, with the help of the community, posts 3,000 flags at their Field of Flags memorial to commemorate the event.






Adoptive Family Experience Survey

Our own attorney, Judy Sartain, a Fellow with the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, is graciously asking our SM&P clients and friends and family who have adopted to consider participating in a survey, which can be accessed using this link.





Featured Attorney


Marlys Bergstrom

Marlys brings 25 years of legal and financial experience to the SM&P team. After working as legal counsel in two “Big Eight” accounting firms for 11 years, Marlys moved from accounting and tax law into divorce law. “I think my approachability and ability to empathize with my clients sets me apart,” Marlys said. Clients agree. They have described her as smart, empathetic, always available, supportive, and honest.





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