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Livingston Wernecke

Livingston Wernecke

Practice areas:

Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Tax

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About Me

Liv Wernecke is a shareholder with more than 30 years experience at Betts Patterson Mines, he heads the Estate Planning and Probate practice area and also is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group. 

Mr. Wernecke’s practice covers estate planning, succession planning for closely held business, real estate and investment entities, compensation and retirement arrangements, probate, trust creation and administration, individual, estate and entity taxation, guardianships, and certain aspects of international trade.

He was co-counsel of a successful Washington Supreme Court case upholding the application of the equal protection clause to state taxes and has lectured at Golden Gate University in taxation of S Corporations, partnerships and estates.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Tax: 25%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Business: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Douglas S. Dunham

    I endorse this lawyer. I have referred estate planning clients and worked with him business and probate matters. He is extremely knowledgeable and represents his clients with a high level of responsiveness and skill. I value my interactions with this lawyer.


    Douglas Dunham General Practice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S.

701 Pike Street One Convention Place
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98101-3927




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top Attorney-Wills, Trusts & EstatesSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
League of JusticeWashington CEO Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Estate Tax CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1973
University of WashingtonN/ALaw Degree1972
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1965