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Robin Balsam has been in private practice since 1984 and has over 30 years of experience. She is an assertive litigator with extensive experience in highly contested probates, will contests, uncovering and pursuing perpetrators of fiduciary fraud and elder abuse, complicated guardianships, trusts, estates, and other related matters.  Ms. Balsam is a 2015 SuperLawyer and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 


Her practice has emphasized guardianship, trust, probate and representing families with special needs since 1993. Ms. Balsam has chaired and spoken at legal seminars on various aspects of these practice areas as well as related ethical issues since 1998. She handles complex guardianship, trust, and probate problems; represents other fiduciaries in various roles; and engages in many aspects of personal injury settlement trust work. Her work also includes representation of families with special needs, as well as practical experience in defense against allegations or findings by Adult Protective Services and recovery of assets for victims of elder abuse or exploitation. She received an LL.M. Masters in Elder Law at Stetson University School of Law in 2013.


As Director of Commencement Bay Guardianship Services, a certified professional guardian agency, she is the major decision-maker on investments, medical procedures, living arrangements and purchases for incapacitated people and trust beneficiaries. She also directs the day-to-day operations of the guardianship agency employing three professional guardians and support staff along with a three-attorney law firm.


In addition to extensive litigation experience, Ms. Balsam is also collaboratively trained and has experience as a mediator. She is a former Pro Tem Court Commissioner and Pro Tem Judge for Pierce County Superior Court.


Ms. Balsam has a number of professional affiliations, and frequently acts as associate counsel to other attorneys who are not experienced in representing the elderly, incapacitated and disabled in legal matters such as personal injury, contract and domestic litigation. Ms. Balsam’s firm provides a uniquely collaborative and resourceful approach to the legal issues that confront elders and the disabled by providing a range of solutions from negotiated out-of-court agreements to traditional legal advocacy.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Trusts: 30%
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Guardianship: 25%
  4. Elder Law: 10%
  5. Estate Planning: 5%

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Contact info

Robin H. Balsam, P.S.

911 South I Street
Tacoma, WA, 98405

911 South I St
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4517

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198401/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMaster Barrister2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationSpecial District Counsel1999 - 2004
Washington State Bar AssociationSpecial District Counsel1990 - 1993
National Association of Professional GuardiansMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Association of Professional GuardiansMemberN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawElder LawLL.M - Master of Laws2013
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Montana-MissoulaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA - The Guardianship InstituteSpecial Issues in Representing Professional Guardians and Trustees2007
Washington State Professional Guardian SeminarGuardianship Issues2007
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionWhat Steps to Take When You have an Incapacitated Client2007
Annual Fall Elder Law ConferenceChallenges of Applying Substituted Judgment as Opposed to the Best Interest Standard in a Guardianship2007
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationDeath & Dying Issues2006
5th Annual Guardianship SeminarReal Estate2006
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationGuardianship Issues (Moderator)2005
Washington State Bar AssociationEstablishing, Managing, and Terminating a Special Needs Trust (Panel Speaker)2004
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationCompetency, Capacity, and Insanity2004
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationGuardianship Issues (Moderator)2004
Washington State Bar AssociationVulnerable Adults, Civil Perspective2003
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationPersonal Injury Settlements, Trusts, and Ethics (Moderator and Speaker)2003
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationRepresenting Incapacitated Persons in a Dissolution Action2003
Real Estate Sales and Ethics PanelReal Estate Sales and Ethics2002
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationGuardianship And Related Issues, Code Verses No Code Issues, How Does One Determine What Code To Establish For A Client?2001
Guardianship CommitteeReal Life Issues and Cases, Panel Discussion2000
Tacoma Young Lawyers Computer SeminarComputer Seminar1999
Tacoma Young LawyersComputer Seminar1999
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationCivil Discovery1999
Guardianship CommitteeWhat Happens After A Guardianship Is Entered?1999
Bar ConventionTaking Stock Or Stocking Up, Y2K1999
Washington State Bar AssociationCommunity Property Agreements, Durable Powers of Attorney and Changing Wills1998
Less Restricitve Alternatives to Guardianship CommitteeWho Is Your Client1998