Focuses practice on estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney,... more
Focuses practice on estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and high net worth tax planning. Probate and trust administration. Advises individual and corporate fiduciaries in their roles as trustees and executors. Represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate litigation. Admitted to practice in Washington State, the U.S. District Court for t... view profile
Michael J. Longyear represents clients in issues regarding Trust and Estate Planning,... more
Michael J. Longyear represents clients in issues regarding Trust and Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianship, and Elder Law and related real estate and business matters. He serves as guardian of the estate, trustee, and estate administrator in routine and complex or contested matters. Mr. Longyear is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. Mr. Longyear... view profile
I believe that the judicial system is for everybody. There are certain times in life... more
I believe that the judicial system is for everybody. There are certain times in life when legal assistance of some kind is necessary, and these times can be made smoother by having compassionate legal representation. It is my goal to provide this kind of high-quality, empathetic legal representation.
As a professional, I not only endeavor to provide the highest quality service to my... more
As a professional, I not only endeavor to provide the highest quality service to my clients, but I also try to give back to my community by working on legislation and serving various professional and charitable organizations. I believe that estate planning is about people - it is planning for yourself and those people and organizations you care about. I do most of my estate planning work on a f... view profile
I grew up on Vashon Island, just southwest of Seattle in Puget Sound where much of... more
I grew up on Vashon Island, just southwest of Seattle in Puget Sound where much of my family still resides. After attending Pepperdine University and NYU, I graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia with a Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in media writing. I graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, where I served as president pro tem and a member of the board of ... view profile
Mary Anne Vance focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts,and probate. She is... more
Mary Anne Vance focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts,and probate. She is the co-author of the Probate and Estate Planning Chapters of the "Washington Civil Practice Deskbook". She chairs and speaks at legal seminars sponsored by the Washington State and King County Bar Associations. She was voted "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics Magazine and voted one of Seattle's Top At... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.