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Christopher A. Benson

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Federal Way, WA

4.8   97 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC

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  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 8 years
    Oregon - OR 9 years
    Arizona - AZ 24 years
    Washington - WA 32 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    40%
    Bankruptcy. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

    33 years, 2,900 cases

  2. Estate planning
    40%
    We provide Estate Planning for a wide variety of clients: Trusts, Will, Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of attorney and other estate planning tools for Blended Families, Single People, Retired Persons, Special Needs Trust

    33 years, 1,250 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    We assist people who have lost a love one navigate the probate legal process in Washington and assist with the transfer of real estate during probate

    33 years, 450 cases

WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED GENERATIONAL LAW FIRM. IN WASHINGTON, WE HANDLE ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE AND BANKRUPTCY CASES. IN OREGON, IDAHO AND ARIZONA, WE LIMIT OUR PRACTICE TO ONLY PREPARING ESTATE PLANS. PLEASE READ OUR CLIENT REVIEWS TO SEE WHY WE ARE YOUR BEST CHOICE.

Welcome to The Law Offices of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC

 We are a family owned generational law firm. In Washington, we handle estate planning, probate and bankruptcy cases. In Oregon, Idaho and Arizona, we limit our practice to handling only estate planning matters.

We have been here for you for the past 31 years, we are here for you today and we will be here in the future.

Please visit our website at to learn more information about our firm and our practice areas.

We looking forward to meeting you.

Chris

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Location

Law Offices Of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC
Law Offices Of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC
8215 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. Ste. 200
Tualatin, OR, 97062
Law Offices Of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC
60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 900
Tempe, AZ, 85251
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  97 customer reviews
Posted by Betty | August 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
Chris Benson is a diamond in the rough. After our consultation I was sure Chris was the attorney for us. And yes we were right, , professional, experienced and Chris handled everything for us. Thank you Chris for all you did for us through our journey. Excellent job!
Response from Christopher Benson August 3, 2022
Wow. Thank you Betty for the great review. We really appreciate it. It was a pleasure spending time with you to get all of your estate planning documents done. You are all set! Let me know if you need anything else. Be well. Chris
Posted by Peter | July 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
I needed help with Estate Planning and Mr. Benson walked me through a 7 step plan that covered all my needs. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone .
Posted by Frank and Kathy | June 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We moved here from out of state.
Our Trust and Wills were 25 years old and we had much to settle when we moved here. Chris made it SO EASY for us! He set up a new Estate Planning Portfolio with accuracy -- explaining everything and pleasantly answering our questions. Now, with peace of mind, we can enjoy our retirement years.
Response from Christopher Benson June 8, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our firm and thanks for the great 5 Start Review. If you need anything, let us know. Welcome to the family :)
Posted by Sheila Benson | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Christopher is the best!
Chris was so prompt and knowledgable helping us file probate for our deceased father. He kept us totally informed and updated during the entire process. We highly recommend Christopher Benson!!!
Posted by Russell | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Removing the "intimidation" from estate planning
I'm often amazed by how many mature adults I meet who have no estate plan in place. Although few admit it, I think it is a combination of fear of death AND being intimidated by the seeming complexity of an "estate plan." While there is little that an attorney can do to help with the former, I highly recommend Christopher Benson as someone who can help reduce, if not eliminate, that feeling of intimidation when it comes to preparing an estate plan. He is thorough, professional and an expert in translating legalese into simple, understandable terms for those of us who have not been to law school. Although I will not be around to witness the distribution of my estate, I have watched as my life-partner used trust documents prepared by Mr. Benson to settle her parents' estate. Although it was a difficult time emotionally, the process was greatly simplified and throughly clear, thanks to Christopher Benson. He has my unequivocal recommendation.
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Posted by Devon | December 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further than Chris Benson and his Team
Chris and his team are awesome to work with. Him and Gina helped my wife and I in a difficult time in our life promptly get everything taken care of. I know how scary it can be when trying to determine a team to represent you in any legal matter, but I would say hands down go with Chris Benson.
Response from Christopher Benson January 4, 2021
Thank you for the kind words Devon. We are so happy that things worked out well for you. What a great way to start off the new year. Take care. Chris
Posted by Tina | November 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
I cant say enough good stuff about Christopher Benson and his associates they care about their clients they made the bankruptcy process easy for me to do I would recommend his law office for this process.
Response from Christopher Benson November 14, 2020
Thank you Tina for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate it. We are so happy that everything worked out for you and that you are on the road to a fresh start. Be well and let us know if you need anything else.
Posted by Tom | March 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Chris
Chris assembled my mother's estate and planning years ago and I am happy to say the administration of her estate when very well after her passing. This is why my wife and I used Chris to help us with our estate planning as we were comfortable with our experiences with him. The Estate Planning Portfolio he provides is an excellent tool and is very well put together. I would recommend Chris and his staff to anyone.
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Posted by Sheila | June 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
graciousness
Chris was very attentive throughout the process. All my questions were answered with the assurance that if I thought of something else to feel free to give him a call. Listened to and addressed every concern. Very nice gentleman.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
None better
Chris Benson is very knowledgeable, considerate, and polite so after leaving his office the first time I relaxed that finally my affairs were in good hands and that my future would be brighter. He treated me respectfully so I wasn't ashamed of where I had ended up financially. At the courthouse he had the respect of all those that were involved which spoke well of his relationship with his peers. I can't imagine there is another attorney out there that could have done a better job or that I could have respected more.
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Response from Christopher Benson June 5, 2019
Thank you for the kind words. We appreciate you as our client.
Posted by Jim & Donna | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reviewing our lawyer
Christopher is knowledgeable, honest and straight forward. He cared for us as his clients. He gave confident explanations of our legal documents, so we can follow his directions for completing the Living Trust. Christopher was fast and efficient, we believe he is an asset to Estate Planning.
Response from Christopher Benson March 26, 2019
Thank you for the kind words. We appreciate you as our clients. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review.
Posted by Henry and Becky | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Henry and Becky luft
Hi, We don’t have any experience with this sort of thing, but Christopher Benson has helped us with our estate planning setting up a trust and we feel confident he did a good job. He was very professional and answered our questions. We were really not sure what all needs to get done or what questions to ask at the time of the estate planning because it can become overwhelming, but he was even able to answer our questions after the process was completed mouths later.
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Response from Christopher Benson December 12, 2018
Thank you for the kind words. We appreciate you as our clients.
Posted by Bill | October 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Mr. Benson helped us set up an estate plan to meet our specific needs and showed us how to maintain it. We had some revisions we wanted to make shortly after initially meeting with him, and he was happy to help us out in the easiest way for us.
Posted by Gaylynn | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
kudos for Christopher Benson
Needed an estate plan, mostly to guide my son so that when I pass away he can easily avoid the notorious pitfalls of taking the helm. Chris has created an estate plan that covers everything and in the sensible order that is required. I am so pleased with everything that was done for me. I can now relax and not worry. Great experience! Thank you Chris
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Posted by Norm and Chris | October 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
We recently decided that we needed to get our estate in order and Chris Benson was recommended to us. We found him to be very knowledgeable and able to make a rather complex subject easy to understand. All the paperwork required for our trust and will was complete and allowed us to fill in the blanks with very little difficulty. We definitely recommend him if you need help planning your estate or updating a will.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate attorney was also close by!
Totally knowledgeable and thorough, but easy to understand and work with. Prompt and professional with a sense of humor as well. So glad we had him to update our wills to a trust and put our minds at ease before our cruise. Very highly recommended.
Posted by Linda & Mel | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
He made the process of estate planning uncomplicated. With a few sessions he had our documents and a roadmap to finish the process. We really appreciated his down to earth approach. I would recommend him to anyone needing the same services.
Posted by Connie | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
I had a free consultation, he explained what I needed, going forward with the plan, and in two more appointments my trust was finished. He was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, and I was more than satisfied.
Posted by HAROLD | June 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
SERVICE
Chris has always been more than accommodating. He makes me feel as though I'm his only client or possibly his most important client... He goes beyond performing the normal services and always offers options and solutions. He has taken such a burden off my shoulders in an estate issue... He's not only given me direction and a solution... but a feeling of his personal involvement in my situation... he is very personal and interested in MY issues. I can't recommend him too highly... he has a way of solving issues while giving an abundance of comfort....
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Posted by Bob | May 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent choice for Estate Planning
I was looking for an attorney to handle revising the Estate Plan for my mother as well as setting up new plans for myself and my significant other. Initially we met with a different attorney and it was obvious that it would not be a good match for us. After doing some research, we found Mr. Benson's web site and were immediately impressed with the presentation and relevant information. We watched Mr. Benson’s estate planning video on youtube and the video explained the process and how to proceed. When we showed up at the office, we were pleased to find that what we saw in the video carried through in person. Mr. Benson is punctual, professional and thorough. He explained the process in easy to understand terms and answered all of our questions patiently. He took the time to explain things to each of us, sometimes rephrasing the answer until everyone had a good understanding of the process. We proceeded with Mr. Benson asking specific questions to set up the individual requirements for each estate plan and scheduled the next meeting. Mr. Benson collected all of the information he needed during the interview and there were no forms to take away to fill out and return. When we reconvened, all of the documents were completed and in individual binders ready for signature. He took the time to go over each section, explain the purpose and answer all of our questions. You complete the procedure by keeping the original signed and notarized documents as well as an electronic copy. Mr. Benson is very experienced attorney his approach to Estate Planning is to simplify the process and make it understandable. His fee structure is fair and very reasonable. I recommend his services without reservation for anyone seeking initial Estate Planning or reviewing and revising an existing one.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Christopher A. Benson, PLLC
  • 1996 - Present
  • Board Member
  • Habitat for Humanity Seattle/S. King County
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Legal Instructor
  • Mykut Real Estate School
  • 1992 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • de Mers & Associates, Inc. PS
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Legal Intern
  • De Mers & Associates
  • 1989 - 1991
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Education

  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1991
  • Arizona State University
  • Ba
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Anita Moi
  • PreMarital Will held to be valid

Associations

  • South King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Real Property Council
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Choice Award 2017
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Notable Attorney Award 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Highly Rated For Legal and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Highly Rated Legal & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Highly Rated Legal & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Highly Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Highly Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Vice President
  • Habitat For Humanity Seattle/S.King
  • 2007
  • Service Recognition Award
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Service Recognition
  • King County Bar Foundation
  • 1994
  • Service Recognition
  • Washington State Head Injury Foundation
  • 1994
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Service
  • King County Bar Foundation
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Seattle Times
  • Real Estate Disclosure Form Requirements
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section Annual Meeting Attendee/Participant
  • 2022
  • Short Sale Deficiency Litigation and Bankruptcy
  • Short Sale Deficiency Litigation and Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • John L. Scott Real Estate Brokerage Training Conference
  • Short Sales and Loan Modification
  • 2009
  • Fidelity National Title Training
  • Short Sale and Loan Modification
  • 2009
  • Escrow Association of WA State Convention
  • Short Sale and Loan Modifications
  • 2009
  • Escrow Association of Washington State Convention
  • Interpleader Actions: Life As The Middle Man In A Fist Fight
  • 2007
  • Escrow Association of Washington State Convention
  • Business Formations: Comparing and Contrasting
  • 2003
  • Escrow Association of Washington State Convention
  • Title Issues and Estate Planning
  • 2002
  • Coldwell Banker Hawkins Poe Training Seminar
  • Real Estate Security Documents and Foreclosure
  • 2002
  • Coldwell Banker All American Associates Training Seminar
  • Escrow Procedures and Fair Housing Law
  • 2002
  • Washington State Escrow Association State Convention
  • Real Estate Security Documents: Compare & Contrast
  • 2001
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate Joint Training Seminar
  • Escrow Procedures and Fair Housing Law Update
  • 2001
  • Washington Square Realty Agent Training Seminar
  • LP Siding and Risk Managment for Realtors
  • 2000
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate Broker Training Seminar
  • Real Estate Security Documents and Foreclosure
  • 2000
  • Escrow Association of Washington State Convention
  • Solving Difficult Escrow Problems
  • 1999
  • Tacoma Land Company Agent Training Seminar
  • Pitfalls in Raw Land Sales
  • 1998
  • Re/Max Realty West Annual Meeting
  • Real Estate Agency Update for 1998
  • 1998
  • South Sound Escrow Association Conference
  • Limited Liability Companies In Washington
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (25)
Endorse Christopher
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Chris Benson. He is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. His services will exceed your expectations."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"Chris and I became recently acquainted at a conference. Chris was very knowledgeable and show real dedication to helping his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Benson is a well respected attorney in the area and valuable resource for his expertise in the field of bankruptcy."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at a 2 day legal conference recently. Chris has a lot of experience, is easy to talk to, and is great person to get to know. I highly recommend Chris."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher is passionate about his practice and is committed to every single one of his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an excellent attorney with an excellent understanding of his field. Anyone in western Washington looking for a lawyer knowledgeable in real estate and related matters would be well advised to look him up."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a talented and experienced attorney who cares for his clients. I highly recommend this attorney for all your estate planning needs."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris provides his clients with personalized advice, weighing their individual situation and goals, while being honest about potential outcomes."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for many years and have engaged with him primarily of real estate matters. Chris is very knowledgeable and I endorse him."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Chris for a long time. He's smart and straightforward."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Benson is an excellent lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience. I refer to him with confidence when my clients have bankruptcy and/or real estate law needs."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I often refer clients to Chris for issues related to debt, garnishment and foreclosures. He is efficient and compassionate!"
Real estate Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer, who really cares for his clients and provides excellent services."
Business Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Chris is very knowledgable and can help you with most real esatte and litigation matters."
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