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About me

As a two-time cancer survivor, I bring a unique perspective to the process of Estate Planning, especially for clients who are facing medical challenges themselves.  I have always enjoyed helping others through difficult situations and finding ways to make challenging situations easier and more understandable.

I enjoy people and the world around me, celebrating each day as an opportunity. Lately I have rediscovered an interest in fitness and have enjoyed some of the wonders of Washington State backpacking and climbing several of our local volcanoes. (picture of me on Mt. Baker) 

In September and early October 2010 I will be heading to Africa, the land where my mother was raised to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (at 19,340', the highest peak on the continent).


Languages spoken: Dutch

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    17 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    17 years
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
    17 years
  4. Elder Law: 15%
    17 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Whittingham Spencer

    Heather is an excellent attorney, and a great resource not only to her clients, but to her peers as well. I'd never hesitate to refer a prospective client to her that I was unable to serve.


    James Spencer Estate Planning Attorney
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Contact info

3909 California Ave Sw
Seattle, WA, 98116-3705


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partnerde Vrieze | Carney PLLC2012 - Present
PartnerBest & de Vrieze PLLC2008 - 2012
AssociateSharon E. Best & Associates1998 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of PennsylvaniaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993