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Michael Thomas Smith

Michael Thomas Smith

also known as Michael Smith, Michael T. Smith

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Probate, Guardianship, Real Estate

About Me

Michael T. Smith advises individuals and companies of all types and sizes regarding the proper formation and structure of a business entity (corporation, limited liability company, etc.), their general business and corporate matters, issues related to the purchase or sale or lease of real property and transactions to purchase or sell their business.

Michael also focuses his practice on assisting people prepare their estate plan, including wills, trusts, community property agreements, durable powers of attorney, health care directives, and helping families navigate and administer a loved one's estate in probate proceedings. Michael can also assist with guardianship proceedings for loved ones needing assistance.

In addition, Michael has 7 years of experience helping new and used motor vehicle dealers deal with both manufacturers and the government agencies responsible for dealership oversight.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Probate: 15%
  4. Guardianship: 10%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



Hourly ($200-225/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Jeremy Adam Johnston

    I have recommended and hired Michael Smith to prepare Special Needs Trusts for my personal injury clients. He did quality work. I highly recommend him for any matters related to trusts and estate work.


    Jeremy Johnston Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sophia May Palmer

    It is my pleasure to enthusiastically endorse Attorney Michael T. Smith. Michael practices with compassion for his clients and provides strong, professional, and effective advocacy. I have referred many friends, family and clients to Michael for estate planning and business matters and will continue to do so.


    Sophia Palmer Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Tuell & Young, PS

1457 South Union Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98405-1951




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2013
Leadership Program Certificate of CompletionTacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce / PLU2010
Mergers & AcquisitionCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2006
Real EstateCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2006
Legal WritingCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2004
Metzger Legal Writing Scholarship AwardSeattle University School of Law2004
Presidential AwardSeattle University School of Law2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyTuell & Young, PS2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyDavies Pearson, PC2007 - 2013
Legal InternDavies Pearson, P.C.2005 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Young Professionals NetworkMember2011 - Present
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsDirector2010 - Present
Tacoma OperaTreasurer2008 - 2011
Tacoma OperaBoard Member2007 - 2012
National Association of Dealer CounselFellow2007 - 2013
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Honorable Ronald Culpepper, Pierce County Superior CourtLaw Clerk2004 - 2004
Honorable John McCarthy, Pierce County Superior CourtLaw Clerk2004 - 2004
Seattle Journal for Social JusticeStaff Member2004 - 2006
Washington Young Lawyers DivisionMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Davies Pearson Automotive Dealer Update PublicationVarious Articles Addressing Issues Important to Motor Vehicle DealersN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of Lawcum laudeJD - Juris Doctor2006
George Washington Universitymagna cum laudeBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Small Business WorkshopThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2015
Small Business WorkshopStarting Your Own Business - Entity Selection2015
Creative Enterprises TrainingBusiness Permits, Copyrights, and Trademarks2015
Small Business WorkshopSelecting a Business Entity Structure2014
Small Business WorkshopThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2014
MeetupEstate Planning for Parents2014
Job + Business Center - Free Business WorkshopsSelecting a Business Entity Structure2014
Job + Business Center - Free Business WorkshopsThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2014
Are You and Your Family Prepared?Estate Planning for Families2014
Small Business WorkshopStarting Your Business - Common Legal Issues2013
Recent Developments in Estate Planning and AdministrationNuts and Bolts of Estate Planning2013
WSADA's Webinar TrainingsTop Legal Reminders for Auto Dealers2012
WSADA Title Clerk WorkshopDealer Compliance2011
Boeing EmployeesProbate and Estate Planning More Than Just a Will2010
Boeing EmployeesProbate and Estate Planning2009