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Stacey Lynne Smythe

Family Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.4   14 reviews

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Stacey Smythe has more than 31 years of legal experience focusing in Family Law, Estate planning and Probate. Stacey represents both men and women in all family law matters which include divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and estate planning. She will help you understand your rights and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself while protecting your best interests. Stacey is a child advocate and strives to pursue the goals of clients that will serve the best interest of their children.

Stacey is committed to open communication with clients and recognizes the need to keep clients fully informed throughout their case. 

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Licensed for 30 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Smythe & Jones PLLC
400 112th Ave N.
#200
Bellevue, WA, 98004

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Posted by PAUL | May 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stacey Smythe is the BEST Lawyer.She is honest,patient,kind and a wonderful person.Truly cares and serve her clients diligently.
I hired Stacey Smythe after being referred to her by a close friend who knew and experienced her work. So, i called Stacey Smythe at once and introduced my situation to her. She understood the sensitivity of my case and i requested to schedule a meeting with her immediately. She asked me some basic questions and answered of how i was desperate struggling with parentage case for a long time and then on the process, how a false allegation of rape appeared against me and finally, the child support case. I was harassed, oppressed and threaten for a long period for no reason to a point of giving up. So, i hired Stacey Smythe and choose to retain her as my lawyer. From that time, my life changed and i started seeing the progress in my case. She worked diligently and tirelessly with me despite my poor financial plight until she restored my hope to survive. Accurately, Stacey Smythe kept on updating me every step of the case and i was particularly impressed with her promptness in response to my questions through calls and emails. She was extremely accessible during and after business hours which was so much comforting to me considering how my case was stressful. Sincerely, i was impressed by Stacey Smythe honest, kindness, competence, moral compass and how she coordinated with her associates. They are great, wonderful, polite, understanding, accurate, hardworking and experienced teamwork. I am grateful because Stacey Smythe advocated my case and proved that i was not guilty. So, i received the justice and now, i have the rights as the father and paying the right amount of the child support. Stacey Smythe is a knowledgeable, hard working, caring and devoted to her clients. She is a great advocate and passionate about her profession. I would encourage, recommend and refer anyone who is looking for a good and honest attorney to choose her. Stacey Smythe is the best lawyer and the right choice for your case and your victory is guaranteed. Now, my life is safe, progressing positively and i will not hesitate to work with her again in the future should i need an attorney. I hired Stacey Smythe as my lawyer and received the justice. Thanks.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Smyth is a pit bull in a designer suit.
You ladies going through an ugly divorce, this review is for you. I hired Ms. Smythe to represent me during my divorce. It was to be a 3 year ordeal. My spouse was a well known doctor in the area and full of confidence that he was going to drag me through the gutter for leaving him after I discovered his numerous affairs and many secrets. And believe me, he tried. Ms. Smythe saw him for what he was and went to work. She was articulate, educated, had integrity for days, was never ever intimidated and had laser focus. She was also very conscientious of my financial plight at the time. She never misled me and was honest about what to expect. Well, we won and we won BIG! Every woman needs a brilliant pit bull in her corner when divorcing a dog. I leave you with this: My ex husband refers his friends to her if they are in need of a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Clay | February 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a Relief
I was referred to Ms. Smythe by a friend after sharing my concerns about my family law matter. I had been told by previous lawyers that I was “fighting an uphill battle” and that they wouldn’t take my case due to the low likelihood that they could achieve an outcome I would be agreeable with. I greatly appreciate their honesty. My friend told me her friend got “exactly what he was looking for” from being represented by Ms. Smythe. I scheduled a meeting with her; after answering the basic questions to establish who was involved in the matter, Ms. Smythe asked me what my ideal resolution would be. I told her what that would be and she explained very frankly what the challenges were. She also shared with me how my goals could be achieved, and, based on her counsel I chose to retain her. Ms. Smythe and her associates took the matter and ran with it. Within 6 months (with very little effort on my end) they were able to get me, literally, exactly what my ideal outcome was. I cannot say I was disappointed.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not only a dedicated lawyer, truly a personal advocate
Stacy and her team did an superb job on my divorce case. Succinct and tactful job presenting, during the hearing, the most pertinent particularities of the case. As someone who is easily intimidated and struggles with self-advocacy Stacey and her team were instrumental to it's overall positive outcome for the bigger whole. My heartfelt gratitude.
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Posted by Brent | August 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seasoned, Professional, Fair Family Law Attorney
After going thru two previous attorneys who only wanted to get my case and become more adversarial so they could continue to bill me, I finally found Stacey Smythe at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny and in just a short while the harassment by my Ex and her attorney stopped and we were thru Mediation and the storm had finally passed. Nowadays, I have 50/50 custody and I enjoy Life with my little girl. They way it is supposed to be. I can't ever thank Stacey enough. My only regret is that I did not contact her sooner and from the beginning and not waste thousands of dollars on attorneys who pretend to be family law attorneys but she is the real deal when it comes to settling a case fairly and what is in the best interest of the child or children and the parents so Life can go on peacefully for all parties.
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Posted by Jean | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Stacey helped me during a very desperate time in my life. She took the time to understand my specific situation and my desired outcome, then explained to me my legal options in detail. When we decided on a plan of action, Stacey guided me every step of the way. Her outside of the box thinking allowed me to move out of a bad situation quickly, while preserving my long term legal rights. I could not be happier with the results.
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Posted by Tracy | October 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Stacey Smythe is an outstanding attorney, I confidently recommend her services. When I first met and hired Stacey, I was going through a divorce. Stacey worked diligently with me, keeping me updated every step of the way. In this situation I was particularly impressed with her promptness in response to my questions. Stacey was extremely accessible during and after business hours, which was comforting to me considering how stressful divorce can be. Stacey not only helped with my divorce, but years later she helped with secondary schooling for my 18 year old son. From the beginning I have been impressed by her honesty, competence and moral compass. I would not hesitate to use her again in the future should I need an attorney.
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Posted by Stan | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Family Law and Probate Attorney
My spouse was going under the knife in two days when I contacted Stacey. She really pulled out the stops to get a durable power of attorney, health care proxy and last will and testament together for us both. I was referred to Stacy by a friend who used her in her divorce case, and who loved her work. She's fast, reliable, and really good at what she does. I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Ted | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stacey was great!
Stacey was instrumental in getting my Parenting Plan worked out. She walked me through the process and help craft the plan that worked best for me and my son. Very knowledgeable, helpful, and knows how to get things done!
Posted by Jody Bickle | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stacey Smythe is the BEST lawyer, and wonderful person. Truely cares for her clients, and serves them well. Has never failed me!
Right from the first meeting I knew Stacey Smythe would be my forever lawyer. I hired her when my ex husband was threatening to take my kids, and everything from me in our divorce. Not only did my ex back off when she caught him in lies. He was scared of her. He agreed to almost everything I wanted. Eventually when our situations changed, and papers needed to be revised, Stacey made revisions a piece of cake. She is a bull dog, and gets the job you hired her for done. I have followed her to three locations. I have full custody of my two children, moved to a new city, with papers that are in the best interest of my children's well being. I am grateful for her every day. I have recommended her to my family, clients and friends who have all hired her for her expertise, they too have been happy with her services for various legal needs. She is honest about what it will take to get what you need completed. Prices only went up for me when I had complications unforeseen due to the other parties actions. Stacey even helped give her professional opinion to my sister in another state, and suggestions as to what she should do in her case. Might I add, on her personal time. I am so grateful for her advise. My sister said it helped her make some very important decisions. Word of mouth goes a long way for me. Stacey was highly recommended to me 8 years ago, and it has been a pleasure working with her. I am proud to have Stacey Smythe continue to represent my family, my friends, my clients. Honestly, I am thankful I was recommended to her. I look at my two children, and know their lives would be very different if I hadn't had her to represent us. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!! You truly get what you pay for. Worth EVERY penny!
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Posted by Hannah | May 20, 2015
Divorce and Child Custody
Stacey Smythe was highly recommended by two of my friends who had used her in their divorce. She was very compassionate, supportive and professional at one of the lowest times in my life. All the legal stuff that comes along with a divorce can be very confusing and she took the time to make sure I understood the process. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a good attorney for divorce, child custody or estate planning. Divorced in 2014
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2013
Excellent legal assistance
Stacy assisted me with my divorce. She helped me understand the process and everything went smooth and in no way stressful. I would and have recommended Stacy to others.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic abuse victim needed help not given
My experience has been financially devastating and emotionally heartbreaking. 2 years fighting and total bankruptcy and loss of my kids.
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unprofessional, unethical. AVOID THIS ATTORNEY
I was referred to this attorney by a friend and met with her at her office. Before even seeing her face, the receptionist made me sign something that Ms. Smythe later used against me to charge me for the privilege of sitting in her office evaluating whether or not she was right for my case. She filed a Notice of Appearance w/out my consent (she then filed something to negate that filing and charged me for all of it) and later sent me ANOTHER CLIENTS DOCUMENTS accidentally which she apologized for. This is an unethical, unprofessional attorney and I filed a bar complaint against her unjust practices of requiring someone to agree to her fee before they even meet her. She has now taken that time she overcharged me for and is attempting to pursue me through a collection agency for an amount that has now been inflated further. Honestly, the family law bar needs to become more professional and stop these types of practices which are harmful to clients who are already in a difficult situation.
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Response from Stacey Smythe August 15, 2016
There obviously was miscommunication between us and for that I apologize. I think it’s important to put this in context. I met with this client 3 years ago. The document my receptionist had her sign was a standard intake sheet, very similar to what any attorney or doctor would have you sign at your first appointment. The intake form asks the client to confirm that the client understands that they are financially responsible for appointments with the attorney and it has a signature line and date. I met with this client who engaged my services. The client then sent me several emails and documents to review and asked that I provide an opinion which I did. It is true that my paralegal sent a document by email that was intended for another client. The document was a court pleading and did not contain any sensitive material and it became part of the public record. I reduced the bill as a courtesy but this person has never paid me for the services I provided to her. Again, I accept responsibility for the miscommunication or misunderstanding.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Costello Law Firm
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Smythe Law Offices, PS Inc.
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Smythe & Smythe PS Inc.
  • 1992 - 2009
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1991
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Hawthorne
  • Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Family Law Attorney Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Family Law Attorney Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation
  • Board of Directors
  • 1993 - 2002
  • Lawyer-Pilot's Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - 2002
  • Auburn Downtown Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1992 - 2001
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Attorney Member
  • 1992 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • America's Most Honored Attorneys Top 10%
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning for Seniors
  • Estate Planning
  • 2002
  • Business Meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (15)
Endorse Stacey
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacey is a knowledgeable,hard working caring attorney. She is a great choice to be your advocate."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacey is knowledgeable, devoted to her clients, passionate about her profession, and is a great advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Stacey on a contentious family law matter. She provided her client with aggressive representation while at the same time she was polite, courteous, and solution-focused with me."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacey is an thoughtful attorney who is circumspect in counseling clients. Stacey has significant experience and is well respected in the community, I would send my own family members to Stacey for advice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Other
"Stacey Smythe is committed to providing each and every client excellent service. Her compassion for her clients is balanced well with her ability to not stop until the job is done."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have received only positive feedback from clients that I have referred over the years. She is dedicated and does a great job for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacey Smythe is hard working. She has a never quit attitude which benefits her clients. She listens to her clients and works toward their goals. Stacey's legal knowledge and experience is impressive."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacey is bright, energetic, caring and very committed to delivering exceptional legal services to all her clients. She leaves no stone unturned."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Stacey and her firm with our joint support of a New Beginnings a wonderful organization that helps victims of domestic violence."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacey is a bright and hardworking colleague who is on my firm's short list for referrals."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I began working with Stacey earlier this year and have found her to be an exceptionally well qualified Estate Planner. No matter the complexity of the estate, or the unique wishes of a client, Stacey always delivers top notch service. I strongly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Stacey for many years. I wholheartedly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Stacey for many years and have referred several cases to her in the past. I have found her to be very competent, and I have always received excellent feedback from those whom I have referred to her. At times we have had mutual clients who required representation involving each of our respective expertise. I have always been impressed with the high quality representation she provides her clients and I will continue to refer with confidence."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacey Smythe is the first person I think of for referrals in the family law practice area. She is experienced, compassionate, and practical. She looks for ways to achieve the client's goals in a cost-effective and timely fashion."
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Bellevue Family Lawyer Stacey Lynne Smythe
Stacey Lynne Smythe
Family Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 30 years