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Michele K McNeill

Foreclosure Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.3   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michele

Learn Michele’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Foreclosure
    40%
    Foreclosure Surplus, Foreclosure Defense

    20 years

  2. Litigation
    40%
    Real estate, business, construction, foreclosure

    22 years

  3. Real estate
    20%
    Boundary Disputes, Easements, Title Issues, Title transfers, Partition Actions, Commercial Landlord Tenant Disputes

    22 years

Michele has built her practice around one theme: to do what is best for each client given their particular situation and desired outcome. She is an experienced negotiator and civil trial attorney with a focus on real estate, construction, foreclosure and contract law. She works with homeowners, business owners, landlords, tenants, contractors, and other individuals in need of an experienced and responsive attorney for legal advice, problem solving, dispute resolution, and/or representation at trial or on appeal.  For more information please visit her website at .

 

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Location

Skyline Law Group PLLC
40 Lake Bellevue Dr.
Suite 100
Bellevue, WA, 98005

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, focused, precise, and very helpful
I had an issue come up with regards to property boundaries in selling our house and needed some precise answers quickly. Michele did exactly what we asked for and and wrote an excellent letter which we were able to give to another party to get them to back off. I would highly recommend Michele for advise about real estate matters.
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Posted by Kenny | November 22, 2013
Thank you Michele, you rocks!
I had several questions about Sheriff Sale, including eviction, case record search and redemption. I was not able to find the answers until I meet with Michele, she was able to help me right away, no waste of time. Thanks you!
Posted by Jane | January 1, 2013
Knowledgeable, responsive, and excellent short sale advice
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.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2012
Wonderful experience with a knowledgeable lawyer
We met with Michele to go over the foreclosure proceedings on a property I own and she was not only incredibly helpful, she was not judgmental and set our mind at ease about the whole process. I highly recommend here for anyone going through the foreclosure process or real estate law.
Posted by April | November 30, 2012
Michele ROCKS! If you need advice regarding your underwater real estate property and financial situation, go see her!
My husband and I consulted with Michele about our financial situation and real estate debt. She spent plenty of time with us, crunching numbers and giving us matter of fact advice for what to do. She layed the options out to help us make the decision to sell our home and move on with our lives. She knows her stuff (very up on the ever-changing real estate industry), is gracious and compassionate, and is very practical. I highly recommend seeing her if you need some professional direction with your real estate needs.
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Posted by Shannon | March 28, 2012
What an awesome experience!
We were in a time sensitive situation. Michele went completely out of her way to assist us and was willing to review our paperwork and contracts. Her advice was very appropriate and saved us a considerable amount of worry and money.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2011
Excellent representation & compassionate!
Michele McNeill is an extremely professional and exceptionally experienced attorney. Her sharp expertise and well-researched legal briefs allow for a successful resolve for any client she represents. Her style is no-nonsense, practical, intelligently executed representation and always focused on the good of her clients. Her knowledge base is expansive, as she is well-diversified in her humane and compassionate representation and clearly able to address most any issue connected with a case. Excellent firm with quality representation! Sometimes slow to return phone calls, only because of their high demand and thorough research for all clients. Very communicative and worth every ounce of trust from clients!
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Posted by Max | October 25, 2010
Highly recommended, Extremely knowledgeable and Professional!
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!
Posted by John | June 1, 2010
Very Responsive and Always Available
I was looking at different options in regards to my home since I was in a severe negative equity situation. Michele was very thorough and spent a considerable amount of time reviewing all the different scenarios and options. She was always great about follow up and always responded immediately to any other questions I had either via email or phone. I've been very impressed with the overall service and responsiveness and have recommended her to friends and colleagues.
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Posted by James | February 26, 2010
Lawyer review
Michele and her staff have been very good to us and responsive to our needs.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2008
I use Michele quite often for my escrow business
and have always been more than satisfied with her knowledge, response and honesty. I have never had a problem getting a response or update from her and her knowledge has indeed helped me better my own business practices.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2008
employment related
Michele represented me in an employment related case. She successfully help settle the case in my favor. She is very patient, smart, knowledgeable lawyer. She is super negotiator. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2007
Highly recommend
Smart, tough, responsive to my questions, calls and emails - I give this lawyer a ten (but had to settle for five here).
Posted by Dan | September 3, 2010
Retraction and an Apology
I would like to retract my previous review of Michele K McNeill. After I had cooled down and reviewed the services and the advice you provided, I am now satisfied that you did indeed represent me as you had promised. I would like to apologize for my overly critical and harsh review posted earlier by me.
Response from Michele McNeill December 29, 2010
Being evicted from one's home is an emotional event and some tenants have a hard time accepting the reality of their situation. My job is to inform clients of all possible options and outcomes, even if I might be stating the obvious and they do not like what they hear. This client was fully informed, had all his calls promptly returned, and even received a 40% discount on his fees. It is unfortunate that he was unable to appreciate my service, and I am thankful for all the others that do.
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Posted by Amy | September 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed
I hired Michele as my attorney in February of this year to help me with a personal property case. My jeweler had lost my engagement ring the September before and was failing to replace it as he had promised. I had already been through a lot with this jeweler so I was really looking for someone who would be able to help and support me in getting my ring back. I explained what had happened from start to finish to Michele and she agreed to take my case on. She explained the first steps, was responsive and made me feel understood and supported, but that did not last the entire relationship. Throughout the 7 months we worked together communications were delayed and lacking, and as time progressed I felt more like I was paying for a messenger than an advocate. At times, it even felt as though Michele was catering more to opposing counsel than me, her client. To add to the frustration, as I was in the middle of feeling disappointed, I received a notice that she would be increasing her prices. Also, my husband and I have had our names either misspelled or called the incorrect name multiple times. In one of my last email correspondence, her assistant called me the completely incorrect name, I replied and let her know that wasn't my name, then she called me the wrong name again in her next email and never apologized. Super bizarre and unprofessional. Even in trying to figure out a billing issue, her assistant didn't understand how their billing system works on the client-end, which made for additional unnecessary confusion and frustrations. I considered hiring another attorney multiple times but at those points, I felt as though my hands were tied because of how involved things were already and my fear that changing would set things back even more. It took 7 months for me to finally receive my ring. I'm glad I finally have it but feel strongly that I could've have achieved this with a different attorney and had a better experience while doing so. If you want an attorney and team that is consistently responsive, detail-oriented, professional and someone to make you feel supported and advocated for, I recommend looking elsewhere.
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Response from Michele McNeill February 10, 2019
Amy, I am sorry that you did not have a good experience with my firm and had some difficulties with our new billing system. Although you had a great outcome that gave you a higher value ring than the one you lost, I will strive to do better at helping clients understand how the process works, which necessarily includes communicating with opposing counsel.
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Posted by Michael | November 3, 2011
Not particularly helpful - save your money!
Wanted legal advice on a fairly routine easement running across my property for a utility company proposing to expand its use through my Woodinville land. We have had power lines cut across our back yard for the entire 18 years we have lived here -- but we are concerned and sought advice about how to react to a power company proposal to add additional capacity and poles in our community along with a new and more restrictive easement agreement offered by the power company to affected property owners. I conducted ALL of the necessary title research myself at county archives and obtained certified copies of prior easements dating back to the early 1900's (2 pages) which pre-dated my ownership of the property; I secured all available documents from the power company explaining their proposed expanded use (2 pages); and provided a marked-up copy (3 pages) of the draft new easement agreement from the power company -- and then I digitized the materials on my scanner and sent them via email to McNeill. About 10 pages of material in total. I provided an upfront $250 as a deposit for legal services. We met for just under one hour at McNeill's Bellevue offices -- attorney was almost ten minutes late for the scheduled appointment -- to discuss her findings and observations. McNeill prepared no letters, written suggestions, easement amendments or legal analysis demonstrating any significant review of the materials provided or the process entailed in modifying the existing easement agreement with new provisions as proposed by the power company. In fact, McNeill offered little more than oral commentary essentially urging restraint and common sense in the matter (duh!), suggesting I could meet and work out a deal with the power company for their intended expansion of use on my land. She offered no inventory of potential opportunities to leverage my position using federal, state & local permits; no analysis demonstrating the respective strengths and weaknesses of the opposing positions held by myself or the power company in this potential dispute; no suggestions to push for an environmental impact review to assess impacts of proposed new high voltage power lines running 30 feet outside my back window; she did not direct me to the Utilities & Transportation Commission or refer me to any WAC or RCW citations: in short, there were no particularly helpful suggestions or alternatives described to me regarding potential next steps. Even more bewildering -- McNeill asserted in our meeting that the power company might not even have a valid easement across my land. Weeks later, I was billed an additional $292.50 for "preparation for meeting with client". I am disappointed with the limited effort and corresponding excessive charges levied by this attorney on my due diligence review effort. To this day -- the only thing I have received in writing from this attorney are emails scheduling the appointment and a $542.50 bill. I do not feel that I have received value for this expenditure. I would strongly urge anyone looking for assistance to seek counsel somewhere else.
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Response from Michele McNeill January 23, 2019
It should also be noted that this client's review came only after the bill was received (client was satisfied with work until then). I also offered to write a letter to PSE or revise his own letter to which legal arguments would be provided. He declined because as he states above he is a do-it-yourself type person and did not want to pay for the professional assistance.
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Posted by Jitendra | July 23, 2012
Money and time wasted in loan modification
Like many readers who use Avvo, I contacted Michele after finding her 10 star rating on Avvo. I wanted loan modification on and Michele walked me through some options. It looked like I was in good hands... But after initial meeting, it was hard to even reach his legal assistant. I sent out my documents and she and her team was supposed to send them and connect with my bank. None of my documents were sent for 2 months !!! No updates, no follow ups nothing. I called multiple times. 2 months later, I was told to resend the documents. I sent those in 2-3 days. Again no action. Actually for 6 months no followup with bank was done. Sometime Michele was out of town and sometimes her assistant. What I was constantly updated about was my bills. I don't know how my bill went upto $1000 without any action. Last week, I was told that Michele is no longer interested in my case and she has changed legal assistant. I replied back with higher fee for handling my case and resolving it successfully. She didn't accept that offer and declined to handle my case further. I am back to Square one. Michelle is all about hope and nothing about action. I wish I had other lawyer who would have helped me. Please don't get blind sided by shiny ratings !!!!
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Response from Michele McNeill August 3, 2012
First, this client did not pay what he says he paid, second the delays were the result of this client providing inconsistent and incomplete information or no information upon request, and third after fully reviewing all the correct information I informed this client that he had a very low likelihood of getting his loan modified and that if he wanted to proceed he would be better off working with a HUD counselor at no cost. I suppose I could have kept my mouth shut and worked him through the entire loan mod process that I was certain would get him nothing in the end, but instead wanted to do the right thing. His reaction? He wanted me to continue but would only pay my fee if his loan was ultimately modified! Needless to say, I declined to continue my representation and this defamatory review followed.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Skyline Law Group PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jeanette Bowers & Associates PLLC
  • 2001 - 2003

Education

  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (English Literature)
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Oaks v. Sweets Exteriors LLC
  • Judgment in favor of plaintiff client
  • Watson v. NW Trustee Services Inc., 180 Wash.App. 8, 321 P.3d 262 (2014)
  • Trial court decision affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Publications

  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2009 Who's Who in Real Estate Law
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Short Sales
  • Use of Foreclosure Mediations in Short Sales
  • 2012
  • Seattle Home Remodeling Show
  • Short Sales - Love it or List It
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (5)
Endorse Michele
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Extremely intelligent, caring and compassionate. Provides excellent answers to legal questions on Avvo."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle on a number of cases. She always gets right to the heart of matters and does not miss the details that others can overlook."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to Michelle over the course of several years. Those clients have been uniformly well represented in the areas of real estate transactions and complicated business transactional work. I know her work is of the highest quality. Her ethics are beyond reproach. Michelle is deserving of my highest recommendation."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several of my clients to Michele and they have given her nothing but high marks. Her extensive experience with short sales and the foreclosure process make her an invaluable resource in this current economic environment. I never hesitate to give her name out to those in need. I highly recommend Michele."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michele is an exceptionally bright and skilled attorney. I frequently refer potential clients, including my close friends, to her for matters outside my own practice area."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney McNeill is one of the top foreclosure and real estate attorney's in WA. She is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. Attorney McNeill is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. McNeill gives of her time to provide good information and practical legal knowledge to help people solve problems. Her clients are fortunate to have retained her."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michele is a competent and very diligent attorney. She focuses on solving the problem and not on generating legal fees. This is the very definition of a good lawyer. I have referred clients to her in the past and will do so again in the future."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michelle is an attorney of great skill and creativity. She is extremely smart, efficient and effective. She has an excellent staff. I do not hesitate to refer all my real estate related cases to her, as well as employment law and general civil litigation."
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