Manchester, Washington Real Estate Lawyers

Jane Ryan Koler
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Washington Real Estate Law Lawyer with 36 years experience

For the past 30 years, she has represented businesses and individuals interfacing with the government; she helps businesses and individuals obtain all types of zoning and land use permits, assists individuals facing... Read More »
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Michael Allan Dunn
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Port Orchard, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(360) 895-0250 585 Bethel Ave
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Real Estate, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Jayson A. Haile
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(206) 486-4810 11504 28th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Real Estate, Criminal, Estate Planning and Immigration
Tulane University School of Law
John Paul Brody JR
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Port Orchard, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(360) 876-6858 1083 SW Bay St
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, DUI and Estate Planning
Barbara Prowant
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(206) 938-0872 4707 51st Pl SW, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98116
Real Estate, Business and Securities
William Henry Broughton
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Silverdale, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(360) 692-4888 9057 Washington Ave NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Estate Planning
Ryan Vancil ESQ
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Bainbridge Island, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(206) 842-7811 266 Ericksen Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Real Estate, Agricultural, Environmental and Municipal
John Kenney
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Poulsbo, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(360) 850-1049 17791 Fjord Dr NE
Suite 154
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Washington School of Law and The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Mr. Kenney has over twenty one years helping families, individuals & business owners with estate planning, asset protection, wealth preservation, business planning & real estate transactions.

Mr. Kenney has created thousands of estate & asset protection planning documents, which include wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, other advance medical directives, revocable living trusts, dynasty trusts, safe harbor trusts, irrevocable trusts, gifting trusts, educational trusts, retirement plan trusts, IRA trusts, charitable trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, private foundations, 501c3 charities, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, (FLP) domestic asset protection...
Hunter G Jeffers
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Municipal
University of Washington School of Law
As a fourth generation Washington lawyer, Hunter developed an early interest in the legal profession. He was drawn to the profession’s challenges and complexities, as well as the sound judgment required of good lawyers. Hunter pursued his interest at the University of Washington School of Law. There he researched and authored reports on modern legal issues for Law School Dean Kellye Testy and served as managing editor of the Washington International Law Journal. Hunter also served as a legal extern to United States District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan. Hunter’s practice areas include business and commercial litigation, municipal liability, insurance...
Mark D. Kimball
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(425) 455-9610 777 108th Avenue Northeast
Suite 2000
Bellevue, WA 98004
Bellevue, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning 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...
Scott Martin Ellerby
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(206) 789-2511 2401 NW 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98127
Real Estate, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Municipal
University of Washington School of Law
Scott Ellerby is a partner in the firm. His main areas of practice are real estate litigation, probate, trusts and estates litigation, municipal law, creditor-debtor law, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. He has lectured at numerous legal seminars over the past 25 years on topics in his practice areas, and has represented a wide range of private clients and public entities in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and bench and jury trials. Scott was a contributing author of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, and was chair of the King County Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. He earned his B.A....
Lincoln J. Miller
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Bainbridge Island, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(206) 842-7676 4569 Point White Dr NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
University of Missouri - Columbia
My practice provides clients with personal legal services in estate planning, real estate and business planning. I use a non-traditional style of doing business that is designed to meet clients' needs when they arise, through responsiveness and efficient, one-on-one communication.
David von Beck
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(206) 960-4603 1200 5th Ave., Suite 1850
Seattle, WA 98101
Real Estate, Construction, Consumer and Insurance Claims
University of Washington School of Law
I have been practicing law since 1996, primarily representing homeowners and commercial building owners with construction defect claims, property insurance claims, and other real estate-related claims. I also serve as local and national counsel for a variety of companies that supply construction materials or services.

In 2015, after a three-year legal battle, I settled the largest mass action lawsuit in Washington history on behalf of the owners of nearly 1,000 homes.

Our firm also practices general litigation, and for our construction supplier clients we handle preliminary notices, liens, and collections.
Julie E. Dickens
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(800) 240-5051 600 University St
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
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...
John Tollefsen
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(206) 624-5300 800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
Real Estate, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Business
Suffolk University, Willamette University and University of Washington School of Law
John is a international lawyer with multiple post graduate degrees from both U.S. and European schools. He is a certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. He has extensive multifaceted experience in business law and litigation.
Robie Russell
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(206) 621-2102 77 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Administrative, Business and Environmental
University of Idaho College of Law
RUSSELL LAW OFFICES provides legal services to clients in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from offices in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square and Boise's Empire Building. Our regional practice emphasizes environmental, natural resource, real estate, and business matters. We also engage in litigation and provide mediation, trustee, and business management services. Our numerous clients include individuals, small to medium sized businesses, corporations, public agencies and start-ups. Prior to opening Russell Law Offices, Mr. Russell was of counsel with the firms of Neubauer Hunsinger and Ryan Swanson in Seattle. He also served as Regional Administrator of EPA's Region 10...
Eric W Robinson
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Real Estate and Business
University of Washington School of Law
Eric’s practice focuses on the representation of individuals and business organizations in a variety of commercial contexts, including planning, organizing, and financing business entities, handling business and real estate transactions, advising on contract and employment issues, and litigating commercial disputes. He is admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon. Eric received his B.A. from the Honors Program at the University of Washington, where he rowed on the varsity crew team, and his J.D. cum laude from Seattle University. He has been named to the list of Washington Rising Stars in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Boris Davidovskiy
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Edmonds, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(425) 582-5200 209 Dayton Street, Suite 105
Edmonds, WA 98020
Real Estate, Consumer, Foreclosure Defense and Insurance Claims
Seattle University School of Law
Boris Davidovskiy, P.S. is a litigation firm serving Washington and California, with emphasis on mortgage-related matters, including foreclosure defense, mortgage servicing, and lender-liability claims. The Firm’s practice areas also include consumer protection, insurance coverage, and personal injury.
Diane J. Kero
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(800) 240-5051 600 University St
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Real Estate, Business and Products Liability
University of Washington School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Ryan C. Espegard
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney
(800) 240-5051 600 University St
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Real Estate, Construction and Products Liability
Seattle University School of Law and University of Wisconsin Law School
Ryan joined GTH in 2012, where his primary areas of practice now include litigation, administrative regulations, and land use law. Ryan’s litigation experience spans a broad range of legal issues, but is frequently focused on products liability, land use, real estate, and business disputes. He is also breaking ground in the emerging area of cannabis business and regulation law, advising his clients as they develop some of the first legal marijuana businesses in the country.

Ryan moved to the Northwest to attend Seattle University School of Law in 2006 after growing up in the Midwest and obtaining a bachelor’s...
Darcel Lobo
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Normandy Park, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(206) 408-8158 19803 1st Avenue S.
Suite 200
Normandy Park, WA 98148
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
Seattle University School of Law
Darcel Lobo has served Normandy Park and the surrounding area’s legal needs since 2009. After working with other firms, she founded to better serve her clients. Darcel was born and raised in the area and is a graduate of Seattle University and Seattle University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Washington, as well as in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Darcel prides herself on her legal work, bringing practical solutions to real-life issues and helping clients plan for their financial future. She provides legal guidance in real estate matters and bankruptcy as...
Mrs. Alerian Hall
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer
(206) 923-9356 7801 Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98103
Real Estate and Estate Planning
University of Washington School of Law
Prior to law, I was a financial advisor and coach to other financial advisors. As a financial advisor, I discovered that there was a need for quality estate planning that actually addressed people's concerns and goals. I applied to law school for this express reason. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University (â04). I received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law (â11) and served as the Director of Operations for the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal. I also studied at the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, and Tsinghua University. I have my legal...
Oliver Spencer
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(206) 375-6750 1833 North 105th Street, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98133
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
University of Washington School of Law
Oliver Spencer is a Seattle estate planning lawyer, Seattle real estate lawyer, and Seattle landlord-tenant lawyer. He has sixteen years of experience as an attorney practicing in these areas of the law. He has also volunteered as a mediator for disputes in the King County District Court’s Small Claims Court in Seattle for landlord-tenant, commercial, construction, towing, breach of contract, personal injury, and merchant-consumer disputes, and is a graduate of the King County Dispute Resolution Center’s Mediation Practicum. He serves as a volunteer mediator for the King County Dispute Resolution Center and has mediated landlord-tenant disputes at the Center....
William O. Kessler
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Edmonds, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Real Estate and Business
Willamette University College of Law
Bill Kessler helps businesses, individuals and families reach their goals by providing timely, thorough representation. He understands and facilitates each client’s big-picture objectives, and efficiently integrates his role in achieving those objectives. Bill has litigated Superior Court cases all around Washington and cases in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Washington and Eastern District of Washington. He has also argued cases to the Washington Court of Appeals and has been admitted pro hac vice to several federal and state courts around the United States. Bill conducts a range of business and real estate transactions, including...
Brent Bowden
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(866) 631-0028 1833 N. 105th St. #307
Seattle, WA 98133
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Vermont Law School
Theresa Thi Nguyen
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Renton, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(425) 998-7295 1500 Benson Rd. South #203
Renton, WA 98055
Real Estate, Landlord Tenant, Probate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law and Nova Southeastern University
Theresa is an expert in legal matters pertaining to Tax, Business, Estate Planning, Immigration and Probate. With a Masters in Taxation from UW, her knowledge and expertise in these matters surpass the majority of her peers. She uses her abilities to give back and add value to Seattle-Tacoma, which has nurtured her into the attorney she is today.
Alex Thomason
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 262-7900 701 5th Avenue Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98104
Real Estate, Agricultural, Business and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Alex grew up on his family’s apple farm in Brewster, Washington. He learned every trade required to run a farm, but specialized in being the certified “gopher.” Alex graduated from high school ranked 2nd in the nation and top 25 in the World for his age in downhill ski racing. Alex studied at Jerusalem University in Israel, completed undergraduate studies from Seattle Pacific University, and finished his legal education at Seattle University School of Law where he was the Graduation Speaker. Alex learned trial skills by working as a Prosecutor for King...
Forrest Carlson
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SEATTLE, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(206) 631-9575 2633 Eastlake Ave E Ste 207
SEATTLE, WA 98102
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Seattle University School of Law
Steven Willock
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Tacoma, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(253) 302-4849 2200 North 30th Street
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98403
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Business
University of California, Davis, School of Law
Steve is a business and real estate transactional attorney.

During the four years immediately prior to joining Andrews & Arbenz, PLLC, Steve served as in-house General Counsel for the principal developer of one of the largest privately funded real estate projects in the Pacific Northwest. Steve also spent approximately 15 years in private practice, in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing and advising a wide variety of business clients and real estate developers and also serving as outside counsel to several municipalities, regional businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

Steve is particularly adept at identifying and assessing his...
Paul A Barrera
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Shoreline, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(206) 413-7288 17713 15th Ave NE
Suite 101
Shoreline, WA 98155
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning 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...
Jane Ryan Koler
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Gig Harbor, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(253) 853-1806 6659 Kimball Drive
Suite B-201
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Administrative, Business and Environmental
University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law
For the past 30 years, she has represented businesses and individuals interfacing with the government; she helps businesses and individuals obtain all types of zoning and land use permits, assists individuals facing government compliance and penalty actions and represents individuals with property disputes about easements, boundaries and adverse possession. She also obtains licenses for all types of business enterprises. Ms. Koler frequently challenges arbitrary requirements associated with government compliance and land use permitting. See Guimont v. Clark, 121 Wn.2d 586 (Washington Supreme Court invalidated state law imposing mobile home relocation fee on developer); Berst v. Snohomish...
Joyce Stewart Schwensen
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(206) 367-1065 12055 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Family
University of Washington School of Law
Joyce S. Schwensen practices a variety of law areas in Seattle, Washington. The Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen helps clients with issues involving family law, small business law, real estate, and will and probate. Adoption, however, is an area that Joyce feels passionately about, and she works tirelessly toward helping families deal with the processes surrounding adoptions issues. Compassion and empathy characterize Joyce's personal attention that she fully gives to each client that faces personal family matters. Family is very important to Joyce, and she lives in Seattle with her two children. Her education is also grounded in Washington, as...
Richard R. Beresford
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Edmonds, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Real Estate and Business
Willamette University College of Law
Dick has practiced law in the Greater Seattle Area since 1972 and has extensive experience in legal matters in the areas of Business and Finance including the representation of major companies and banks as well as individuals attending to their business and estate planning needs. Dick has represented a wide range of contractors and developers in all areas of real estate handling both transactional and litigation matters. Dick's mission, which has been adopted by this firm, is to provide highly effective legal services at a reasonable cost. Dick and his wife, Pam, have resided in Edmonds, Washington his entire...
Matt Iwama
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Kent, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 520-7671 333 5th Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Immigration
Concord Law School
As a small business owner, I have worked with many professionals, including lawyers. Through my experience with lawyers, I became intrigued by the highly litigious role of the attorney in our society. Like doctors who use preventive medicine to help their patients avoid sickness and disease, lawyers can help their clients avoid unnecessary hardships. Lawyers help direct their clients to prevent personal and property damage or mitigate larger losses by directing them towards the proper course of action. Like preventive medicine, preventive law is more cost-effective than going through litigation. Most of what we really need to know in life cannot...
David C. Tingstad
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Edmonds, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Ave S
Ste 200
Edmonds, WA 98020
Real Estate and Business
Seattle University School of Law
David C. Tingstad joined the Firm in 1995, and has extensive experience in the areas of business and real estate transactions, limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations and real estate. David regularly counsels clients in all aspects of business combinations such as asset acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. In addition, his practice includes assisting operating businesses with succession planning, financing, dissolution and disputes between owners. David is a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Partnership Law Committee, which is currently working to revise Washington’s Limited Liability Company Statute. David is also a Member of the American Bar Association’s Committee...
George O. Tamblyn
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Mercer Island, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 55 years experience
(206) 236-2769 2448 76th Ave SE Suite 100
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Real Estate, Business, Employment and International
Cornell University
Babak Shamsi
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Edmonds, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Real Estate and Business
Georgetown University Law Center
Babak Shamsi joined the Firm in 2015 with an extensive background in business, real estate, and litigation. While his practice emphasizes civil and commercial litigation, Babak also has significant experience with corporate counseling, work-outs, and real estate transactions. Having represented a diverse array of clients including financial institutions, community associations, and commercial creditors, Babak provides clients with nuanced and effective counseling to help them reach their goals efficiently. Babak was born and raised in the Seattle metropolitan area, and his personal interests include playing guitar and piano.
Craig Blackmon
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(206) 369-5949 92 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA 98121
Free ConsultationReal Estate
University of Washington School of Law
I've been working in residential real estate since 2005. Since then, I've worked tirelessly to provide consumers with a better professional experience at a cost less than what a traditional agent charges. The 6% commission? It's past its expiration date...
Kristiana Farris O'Brien
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(206) 682-7090 5500 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-7096
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Health Care
University of Washington School of Law
Kristi O'Brien's practice is primarily in the area of business transactions and real estate transactions. Kristi represents business clients and medical practices in real estate, commercial, corporate planning, partnership, asset and stock purchase and sale, employment, and health law.
Gideon Dionne
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Seattle, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(206) 745-5229 146 N Canal St
Suite 350
Seattle, WA 98103
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Communications and Securities
Seattle University School of Law
I help businesses and entrepreneurs understand their risks, effectively solve legal and strategic problems, and design strategies to structure and capitalize on opportunities. When I’m out of the office I enjoy time with my wife, son, daughter, and dog, particularly outdoors, time with my family and friends, adventuring, fly fishing travel, fly fishing, travel, reading, snowboarding, golf, tinkering with motorcycles, riding my bike, and building things.
John Paul Turner
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Bellevue, WA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(425) 455-1110 3 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law and Willamette University College of Law
John represents property owners in condemnation matters and for the past 18 years has limited his practice to the areas of condemnation and complex real estate litigation. The majority of John's clients are individual private property owners and corporations facing the threat of losing their real estate through condemnation.
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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