Woodinville, Washington Estate Planning Lawyers

Ronald L. Cohen
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Washington Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience

Ronald L. Cohen is a Seattle native and practices law in Bellevue, Washington. He has more than 30 years experience and has an engaging and friendly manner in guiding individuals and families through their legal matters. Read More »
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Mark David Nusz
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Wills, trusts, & estate plans specifically tailored to individuals and families.

Attorney Mark D. Nusz works hard to resolve your toughest problems - the ones that keep you awake at night. He strives to set the foundation for clients to prepare for a secure and successful future while clearing away... Read More »
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Maria Maltseva
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Woodinville, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(425) 681-3971 14148 NE 190th ST
Woodinville, WA 98072
Estate Planning, Appeals, Business and Consumer
Woodinville, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(425) 488-4134 18530 156th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Woodinville, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(206) 914-3338 13303 NE 175th St
Woodinville, WA 98072
Estate Planning, Business and Collections
Woodinville, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(425) 488-4134 18530 156th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Estate Planning and Business
Woodinville, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(206) 363-7500 16109 210th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98077
Estate Planning
Christopher Michael Small
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Kirkland, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 659-1512 150 Lake St. S., Suite 218
Kirkland, WA 98033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Kansas School of Law
Christopher Small is the owner of CMS Law Firm LLC, the Northwest's premiere estate planning, probate, and trust administration law firm. CMS Law Firm focuses on estate planning for one reason - legacy and family protection are at the forefront of their philosophy and beliefs. Christopher is the proud father of three kids, Blakely, Jackson, and Dillon, and understands how important it is to make sure families have the protection and safety they need to excel no matter the circumstances.

Some of the routine matters we handle include, wills, revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, health care...
Steven Marlow Palmer
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Lynnwood, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(425) 409-2745 3400 188th St SW
Suite 565
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Real Estate
I primarily practice bankruptcy and real estate law and have represented both debtors and creditors over the last 9 years. My practice has also included mediations, foreclosure defense and prosecution, and negotiating loss mitigation options for clients. I am admitted to practice in Washington, Ohio, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

On the personal side, I graduated with a degree in geology and worked in a limestone quarry as an on-site geologist for a summer. After that, I moved to Japan where I taught English, wrote English textbooks and helped to manage an English school for 4.5 years.
Josh Lowell
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Redmond, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(425) 885-7500 8201 164th Ave. NE #200
Redmond, WA 98052
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Home-grown in the Seattle area, Josh was raised in his dad's law firm. Soon enough Josh realized that he wanted nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps. Josh and his high school sweetheart went off to the University of Washington, both with the desire to attend law school. They both graduated the UW in three years and headed off to Seattle University to complete their legal training. With his girlfriend now his wife, Josh was pushed to his best and made easy-work of law school.

With their law degrees under their belt, Josh and his wife, Sarah, began their...
Kenneth Berger
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Monroe, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(360) 794-6083 148 Woods St
Monroe, WA 98272
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Nova Southeastern University
Mr. Kenneth A. Berger has a wide range of legal talents. He enjoys tough courtroom litigation. He also attempts to problem solve potential legal problems before they become more extensive. Mr. Berger has a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Snohomish County Bar Association. Mr. Berger is also licensed to practice in Western Washington and Eastern Washington District Courts. He has practiced law in Washington State since 1995. You may have also seen Mr. Berger's name in another context. He has been active as a local governmental official....
Scott Weitz
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Kirkland, WA Estate Planning Attorney
(425) 889-9300 5400 Carillon Point
Building 5000
Kirkland, WA 98033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
University of Washington School of Law and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Adria Vondra
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Redmond, WA Estate Planning Lawyer
(425) 629-6398 8201 164th Ave NE, Ste 200
Redmond, WA 98052
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Tax
University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law
Our firm is committed to providing access to legal services for all income levels and we work with each client individually to determine how to best fit their needs.
Jeffrey Lynn Barth
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Kirkland, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(425) 822-6564 121 Lake St S
Ste 101
Kirkland, WA 98033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
I have been practicing law in Washington for 38 years. My practice has focused solely on family law including such issues as divorce, support modifications, parenting plans, paternity, prenuptial agreements and gay and LGBT family law.

I am a seasoned, tenacious legal professional who offers practical and honest advice about making your legal matters efficient and cost-effective.

I have been married 39 years and have two children and two grandchildren. In my free time I enjoy golf, gardening and spending time with my family.
Vijay Gosalia
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Kirkland, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(425) 748-5111 5400 Carillon Point
Building 5000
Kirkland, WA 98033
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Tax
University of Washington School of Law and University of Kansas School of Law
Vijay Gosalia is a founding member of Ortiz & Gosalia, PLLC. He currently provides legal services in the areas of tax controversy, bankruptcy and estate planning. Prior to establishing Ortiz & Gosalia, PLLC, Mr. Gosalia provided legal services as a solo practitioner at Gosalia & Associates, LLC from 2009 through June 2011. Mr. Gosalia currently serves as an attorney at the Federal Tax Clinic at the University of Washington providing pro-bono tax services to clients and has done so since 2008. In addition to being admitted to practice in the State of Washington, Mr. Gosalia is admitted...
Charles Frederic Diesen
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Redmond, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 54 years experience
(425) 885-2630 8060 165th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Estate Planning, Business and Family
University of Washington School of Law and Washington State Unv
Beth McDaniel
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Renton, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(425) 251-8880 272 Hardie Avenue Southwest
Renton, WA 98057
Estate Planning, Elder and Family
Melinda Grout
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Monroe, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(360) 794-4322 17325 W Main St
Monroe, WA 98272
Estate Planning and Elder
From my law office located in Monroe, Washington, I serve clients from throughout the Skykomish Valley, Snohomish County, and North King County. My practice focuses on planning for your future and protecting your family, with personal attention and affordable rates. I will advise you of your options based on your unique situation. I can assist you with: > Wills and Trusts > Powers of Attorney > Living Wills > Probate with or without a Will > Money saving probate alternatives > Elder Law, including: ...
Charity Anastasio
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Kirkland, WA Estate Planning Attorney
(206) 257-0082 12510 128th Ln NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Estate Planning, Consumer, Elder and Tax
Mark David Nusz
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Everett, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
(425) 609-8100 Everett, WA 98201
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Attorney Mark D. Nusz works hard to resolve your toughest problems - the ones that keep you awake at night. He strives to set the foundation for clients to prepare for a secure and successful future while clearing away the problems from the past. Whether it is reduction of debt, major tax issues with the IRS , or structuring an effective estate plan, he will sit down with you one-on-one and help you figure a way to achieve an excellent outcome.

A graduate of the University of Washington's Tax Law LL.M program, Mr. Nusz has extensively studied...
Mark D. Kimball
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(425) 455-9610 777 108th Avenue Northeast
Suite 2000
Bellevue, WA 98004
Bellevue, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law, University of Washington School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Mark Kimball is a managing Shareholder and founder of MDK Law, an award-winning business and litigation firm that has been serving Seattle and Eastside clients for more than thirty five years. His practice is concentrated on corporate and real estate transactions, commercial litigation, business operations, and state, federal, and international tax law, and he is licensed to practice in Washington, New York and Texas, as well as United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme court. Specific tax work includes advising clients on a variety of business operation matters, structuring tax-advantaged transactions, and representing clients before the United States...
Julie E. Dickens
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(800) 240-5051 600 University St
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law and University of Washington School of Law
A valued GTH partner, Julie Dickens has been with the firm since 1999. She focuses her practice on estate planning, real estate, and general business, representing individuals and their closely held businesses in all stages of their planning. Besides Wills, trusts, prenuptial agreements and probates, she helps her clients with entity formation, shareholder agreements, real estate purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, and financing transactions.

Julie enjoys her practice because it offers her the opportunity to interact personally with her clients as she learns their life stories and collaborates with them to develop effective strategies for securing their future. She...
Christopher M. Larson
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(206) 397-4780 800 5th Avenue
Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law
Insight Law is a local tax law firm with 4 offices in the greater Seattle area. We handle all tax matters, including those related to Income, Employment, Property, B&O, and Estate and Gift taxes. We pride ourselves on providing the best service, value, and knowing our areas of law inside and out. Whether you have a tax problem or need estate planning or small business services, we can provide efficient, knowledgeable and compassionate representation. QUALITY: At Insight Law, we provide top-notch representation from experienced attorneys in the Seattle Area. VALUE: At Insight Law, we use a...
Forrest Carlson
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SEATTLE, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(206) 631-9575 2633 Eastlake Ave E Ste 207
SEATTLE, WA 98102
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Seattle University School of Law
Susan Skelton
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Everett, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(360) 822-7224 1812 Hewett Ave #210
Everett, WA 98201
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Susan E. Skelton
“A Lawyer you can talk to.”

Practicing Law in Everett and Snohomish, WA

I graduated law school in 2003 in St. Louis, MO and opened my own firm, where I focused on personal bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13), debtor defense/consumer law, and estate planning, including wills, trusts, durable power of attorneys and probate matters. I had a very successful law firm for over 10 years in St. Louis, prior to moving to Washington.

My family and I moved to Snohomish in September 2013. For several years, I stayed at home with my young children and was extremely active in non-profit work...
Angela Macey-Cushman
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(206) 340-2200 1200 5th Avenue
Suite 2020
Seattle, WA 98101
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
University of Washington School of Law, University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University
Angela is a Seattle estate planning attorney. Her practice also includes a blend of elder law, disability planning, and probate. Her clients range from young urban professionals to centenarian retirees.

Before earning her law degree, Angela Macey-Cushman was a nurse, manager, and researcher in the area of aging and long-term care. These experiences inform her legal practice and her approach to advising clients and their families. She is also a mother of two school-age sons. Her husband is employed in the tech industry. She loves assisting younger individuals and families with their long-range estate planning questions.

Angela...
Paul A Barrera
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Shoreline, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(206) 413-7288 17713 15th Ave NE
Suite 101
Shoreline, WA 98155
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Seattle University School of Law
Paul is the founding attorney of North City Law. Paul offers business, estate planning, probate, dispute resolution and litigation advocacy. Paul is curious in his clients, as he has built businesses himself, including North City Law. Based on his understanding of his client’s position, Paul gives strategic options to empower choices. During client intake and interviews, Paul listens for key gaps in a story to root out hidden issues. In disputes and litigation, Paul helps clients reframe the situation to conform to the applicable legal theory. When clients trust Paul with their business, Paul ensures money is spent wisely on...
Bruce Pruitt-Hamm
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(206) 327-9335 3418 NE 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
University of Washington School of Law
Bruce Pruitt-Hamm is an attorney who can litigate, mediate or collaborate.
Litigation- As an attorney with over 20 years experience, Bruce Pruitt-Hamm has been awarded the highest rating by the national lawyer-rating service, Avvo.com. Since graduating in 1994 from the University of Washington School of Law near the top of his class, he has litigated over one thousand cases in a wide variety of areas of the law. Bruce volunteers for the Washington State Bar Association’s “Moderate Means Program“, offering reduced rates to people of moderate means. Bruce’s standard rate is $280/hr.; but he offers discounts for those on legal insurance...
Sheila Ridgway
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(206) 855-6420 701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 4640
Seattle, WA 98104
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Gonzaga University
Do you need assistance navigating the complex probate process? Lead Attorney Sheila Ridgway from Ridgway Law Group, P.S. has more than 28 years of legal experience in this area and she can help guide you every step of the way. She focuses primarily on probate issues such as estate and trust litigation, guardianship, TEDRA, will contests, elder law, fiduciary services and mediation. Sheila has taken on very contentious and challenging cases in the past, but she has a proven track record of case victories under her belt. Attorney Ridgway provides individualized representation to her clients that are tailored to meet...
Thomas A. Hackett
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(206) 337-7770 1455 NW Leary Way, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98107
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law
I help families and business owners plan for now and the future. This is done through estate planning and business planning. My process is to educate clients about opportunities - and problems - they or their family may encounter down the road. Next, I help them identify their priorities and goals, and then develop a plan to accomplish those goals. This sometimes involves using complicated legal structures and techniques, but I keep the explanations straight forward and understandable. After all, a great plan isn’t that great if you don’t understand it. Quality planning that you understand is...
Shane McKinnie
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(206) 395-9175 119 1st Ave S
Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Seattle University School of Law
Attorney Shane McKinnie is a former criminal prosecutor, and has experience working for both large and small law firms in the Seattle area. Shane approaches his cases from a practical perpective and above all, seeks to help his clients solve their problems in the way that best suits their circumstances and desires.
Shane is a fourth-generation Washingtonian and military veteran. He grew up in Snohomish County and attended Washington State University where he was a member of the Honors College and president of a fraternity. Shortly after graduating from WSU, he attended Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as...
Per E. Oscarsson
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Edmonds, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Estate Planning and Business
University of Washington School of Law
Per joined the firm in 2005. He has represented a wide range of clients in the negotiation and drafting of documents for large loan transactions, sales of assets, corporate restructuring, leases, real estate transactions and secured transactions. Per’s experience includes practice before the federal bankruptcy court and appeals in the federal courts and before the Washington Court of Appeals. Per and his family reside in Edmonds. He enjoys golf, bicycling and music.
Barry Marc Meyers
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Everett, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(360) 647-8846 1511 26th St.
Everett, WA 98201
Estate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
Whittier Law School
Barry M. Meyers is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation*. The National Elder Law Foundation is the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law. He is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Administration). Mr. Meyers has practiced law since 1983 and elder law since 1992. In 2006, he expanded his practice to provide families with the services of in-house Geriatric Care Managers. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, a Masters degree from the University of California, Davis,...
Derek W. Jensen
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(206) 547-1412 1833 N 105th St
Suite 301
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Tax
University of Washington School of Law, University of Montana School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Derek W. Jensen, JD, LLM, is a tax attorney in the North Seattle law frim, Jensen Law Office, primarily assisting individuals and their families with their income tax, estate, business, elder law, and asset protection planning issues. A 1994 graduate from the University of Montana School of Law, and a recipient of a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law, Derek has 14 years of experience practicing law in Washington State. He enjoys helping people achieve their planning goals. He resides in Seattle with his wife and three daughters.
Jamie Corrine Clausen
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(206) 459-1908 751 N 75th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
University of Washington School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Jamie founded Phinney Estate Law in 2007 as a way of addressing a need she saw in the community for affordable, values-based estate planning and as a way to develop a legal practice that was consistent with her own values and legal philosophy. Before founding Phinney Estate Law Jamie worked as a litigation associate at Cozen O'Connor, as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, and as legal intern for Northwest Immigration Rights Project and Northwest Justice Project. Jamie began her work in estate law in 2005 as a pro bono attorney with King County...
Ronald L. Cohen
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Bellevue, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(425) 454-0915 2155 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Seattle University School of Law
Ronald L. Cohen is a Seattle native and practices law in Bellevue, Washington. He has more than 30 years experience and has an engaging and friendly manner in guiding individuals and families through their legal matters.
Stacey L. Romberg
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Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(206) 784-5305 10115 Greenwood Ave. N.
PMB #275
Seattle, WA 98133
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Idaho College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center
Stacey Romberg focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and business law. She earned her B.A. in 1985 from Idaho State University, graduating with High Honors; a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1987, graduating cum laude; and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991, graduating with distinction. Prior to opening her own law firm in 1999, Ms. Romberg drafted legislation for the U.S. Senate’s Office of Legislative Counsel and worked in private practice both in Washington, D.C. and Seattle. Ms. Romberg enjoys writing, and has published many articles in a variety of publications...
Laurie G. Robertson
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(844) 923-2645 10700 Meridian Ave N
#107
Seattle, WA 98133
Seattle, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
New York Law School
Laurie Robertson has been practicing family law since 1996. As a seasoned and aggressive divorce lawyer, she is extremely familiar with Washington state's complicated laws. She is a compassionate and caring attorney driven by results, and she knows her way around the court room.

Attorney Robertson's extensive experience and legal knowledge allow her to serve a range of client needs. Laurie earned her B.A in psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She earned her J.D. at New York Law School in New York City. After law school, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for a firm which focused on family...
Kent Millikan
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Everett, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 51 years experience
(425) 259-2222 3411 Colby Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
College of William and Mary
Hello – My name is Kent Millikan. I’m a senior partner in the Deno Millikan Law Firm, and I’ve practiced law since 1968. My experiences in life and the law have given me judgment about issues and cases that can only be gained by years of experience representing clients in and out of the courtroom. I have years of experience as a trial lawyer representing clients in personal injury cases, in complex divorce and family law cases, in contentious probate issues, and in complex business matters and real estate. My practice focus now is personal injury, probate, estate planning,...
Erica Lynn Wolf
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(206) 786-1012 2446 76th Ave. SE
Suite 100
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Mercer Island, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Seattle University School of Law
I am a trusted and experienced estate planning and probate lawyer licensed to practice in Washington and California. I also provide professional fiduciary services for clients who need an administrator, trustee, or personal representative for an estate or trust. My office is located on Mercer Island, and as a concierge attorney, I provide mobile service at no addition charge within King County.
Aaron Richter
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Bellevue, WA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(425) 298-3207 601 108th Ave NE
Suite 1900
Bellevue, WA 98004
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Valparaiso University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Aaron discovered his passion for tax law while interning at the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel. He has continued this passion by helping clients resolving their tax disputes and advising individual and business clients on their tax planning. Additionally, he served as a Volunteer Attorney at the University of Washington Federal Tax Clinic providing pro bono work to low-income individuals and business. Aaron has successfully represented clients before the IRS and state tax departments. He represents clients in IRS and state tax audits, resolving tax debts, and the in U.S. Tax Court. In his free time,...
Stacey Lynne Smythe
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Bellevue, WA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(425) 460-0550 9 Lake Bellevue Dr
#204
Bellevue, WA 98005
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Seattle University School of Law
Stacey Smythe joins Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny firm with over 24 years of legal experience, focusing in Family Law, Estate planning and Probate. Stacey Smythe graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor of arts in Business Administration and Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1991, nka Seattle University School of Law. Ms. Smythe is committed to an open line of communication with her clients and recognizes the need to keep clients fully informed of all aspects of their case. Ms. Smythe...
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