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Experienced, Reasonable, and Responsive.Lease Agreements, Landlord Tenant, Litigation, Foreclosure Defense, Deeds, etc.Loan Mods, Short Sales, Mediation, and Foreclosure Defense.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2011|
|Recognized||Who's Who Legal||2008|
|First Place Oral Advocacy||UW School of Law - Falknor Appellate Competition||2001|
|Best Appellate Brief||UW School of Law - Falknor Appellate Competition||2001|
|Dean's List||University of Washington||1997|
|Dean's List||University of Washington||1996|
|Principal||Skyline Law Group PLLC||2003 - Present|
|Attorney||Jeanette Bowers & Associates PLLC||2001 - 2003|
|Summer Associate||Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt||2000 - 2000|
|Legal Intern||Jeanette Bowers & Associates PLLC||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Charfen Institute, Inc.||Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)||2011 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court, Western District of Washington||Admitted to Practice||2007 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section||Member||2002 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - 2009|
|Watson v. Northwest Trustee's Services Inc.||In favor of client|
|GLG Homes, Inc. v. Milkin||Settled case in favor of client|
|Jane Doe v WA Hospital||Settlement obtained in favor of client|
|See all legal cases|
|Washington Law & Politics||2009 Who's Who in Real Estate Law||2009|
|King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin||No Children While Driving Please!||2007|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Washington -Seattle||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Short Sales||Use of Foreclosure Mediations in Short Sales||2012|
|Seattle Home Remodeling Show||Short Sales - Love it or List It||2012|
Posted by Jane
In 2010, I was disabled and no longer able to work, nor keep up with my mortgage. My former employer (King County) referred me to Michele for a complimentary consultation. I hoped to get advice on how to get a loan modification of some sort.
I was immediately impressed with her. She took time to listen and learn about the details of my situation, explain my options to me, and to answer an extensive set of questions from me and my sister who joined me at the meeting. It was clear from the start that Michele had deep knowledge of real estate law.
In my case, refinancing and loan modification were not viable options and it became clear that a short sale would be necessary. I asked Michele if I could or should hire her to help with the short sale process, and she recommended that I NOT hire her on retainer for this work. Instead, she told me to save my money and gave me step-by-step instructions on what to expect and what to do to move forward with a short sale on my own. She took a lot of time to explain the pitfalls of the short sale process and also made me aware of two critical things:
1) I needed to secure specific language from the bank in the sale documents saying that I would not owe any money after the sale closed.
2) After getting that language secured, the forgiven debt would be reported as income. However, due to an Obama administration tax break, IF my short sale closed in 2012, I would not have to pay tax on that amount.
As I worked through the short sale process, everything happened exactly as she predicted. When I had questions or wanted a document reviewed, I contacted Michele via email and she always replied promptly, providing clear, concise answers and feedback, and for minimal charge.
Thanks to Michele, I was aware of the urgency of closing the sale in 2012. My real estate agent pushed hard and my short sale closed just before Christmas. The bank forgave $130k and, because of meeting the tax-break deadline, I will not have to pay tax on that amount. My total consultation fees with Michele totaled just a few hundred dollars and saved me about $40,000 in taxes.
If you are looking for a real estate attorney, look no further.
Posted by anonymous
Smart, tough, responsive to my questions, calls and emails - I give this lawyer a ten (but had to settle for five here).
Posted by Max
I am a real estate Broker and Michele has been a huge help to myself and many of my clients. With many successfully closed transactions with Michele's assistance in short sale negotiations, I would highly recommend working with this attorney if you have questions about anything Real Estate!
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