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Thomas Edward Gates

Estate planning Attorney at Federal Way, WA

4.5   14 reviews

About Thomas

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I intend on maintaining the greatest traditions of the practice of law.  I bring practical, hands-on experience, coupled with the law, to meet the diversity of legal issues confronting my clients.  I am committed to provding exceptional legal services to my clients, along with an unparalleled dedication to my profession and community.  The foundation of my firm is built upon these values and guide me  in my  handling of a client's case toward a resolution in their best interest.  I have effectively handled matters in various fields of law and I place great value on quality of work, respectability, and most importantly, results.

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Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 09/20/2022

Contact Thomas

Gates' Law, PLLC
33207 11th Avenue SW
Federal Way, WA, 98023-5325

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Mike | September 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So helpful to me on Avvo
I have used this site before and each time Mr Gates has always left me with great advice and who to pursue to get my issue solved. That saved me time and I appreciate that.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You
Thomas Gates was very flexible and patient with what we needed done. Our case was handles in a professional and timely manner.
Posted by James | September 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial misunderstanding, but...
There was an initial misunderstanding in the beginning, but after a few times back and forth, he was helpful and provided valuable suggestions.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Tom!
Tom was very knowledgeable and helpful. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand and we felt comfortable walking away knowing we had the information necessary to get the ball rolling with probate. He was also extremely responsive when I initially reached out to him which I appreciate. We will definitely come back to him in a few months when we are ready to hire an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Really big help
Tom helped me get answers to some big questions around real estate taxes. He was very responsive and knowledgeable. He explained complex issues with ease. I'd love to work with him again.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer
Best Lawyer, very helpful and great service. I will recommend Mr Gates for any business needs. Thanks
Posted by Scott Morgan | November 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most helpful lawyer I've found on an ask lawyer sites
I only had some questions about a power of attorney. Most sites I've been to and asked questions I failed to get responses or they are very limited responses. Tom was very clear and very helpful we sent several messages back and forth he replied very Timely even though this was not paid advice. I would recommend anybody contacting him before hiring a lawyer. It was obvious the answering these questions was just as important to him as it was for me to get answers. Thanks again
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Posted by Tracy | April 16, 2015
A true blessing during my greatest time of need
I met Tom for the first time about a week after my father past away. He was the fourth atorney I talked to before I made a chioce. I'm an only child. This was the first time I had to bury a parrent so a mild wind could blow me over, I was so overwhelmed. My mom came to California to watch my 17 year old dog so at least I knew my pup was secure. Then I went to Washington state to see what I could do about dad's details. I was completly confused whirling with emotion trying to deal with people and services that I didn't know existed when dad was alive. Mr. Gates saw how stressed I was when I entered his office. He was very patient like a parent teaching a child how to understandand somthing, he went over every question I had and my step dad had until we could understand the steps completely. He also would give me phone appiontments right away when I got upset or couldn't remember a process step. I suffer from a cognitive disorder so sometimes I can't remember details, Tom would send me e-mails so I could have a referance to go back to. The simple truth is that people are scary and they are at thier worst around death. Tom takes away that fear of people and making the wrong decisions.
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Posted by Sam | April 7, 2015
Mr. Gates is a good lawyer
Mr. Gates helped me on a lawsuit. He listened to my story with care & compassion, his email replies were always prompt, and his professional advice was very comforting & reliable. He encouraged and convinced me, and I won the case as he predicted. It could have been very difficult and worrisome without Mr. Gates. It was a privilege to have him on my side. Definitely, I'd recommend him. I've never met a lawyer so heartfelt like him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2014
Thank You Thomas Gates
We first met Thomas about 3 years ago when we had him draft up a new will for us. We were very impressed with his knowledge and his commitment in setting up our will to include all of our concerns. He spent a lot of time with us explaining our options which was much appreciated.
Posted by Kathaleen | July 15, 2014
Attentive, Intelligent and Prompt
As owners and operators of a small corporation, Thomas Gates is a Lawyer who is someone that we can rely upon for all our questions relating to business. His response time is always prompt and courteous. Thomas is always thorough in his research, never leaving us feeling insecure or unprepared. We never feel like our calls for his advice are a non-priority.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2014
Terrific attorney with a personal touch.
Tom has been our business and family attorney for several years. He helped us set up and modify our LLC partnership, advised on family estate and trust plans, and reviewed real estate transactions. As a former engineer, Tom is calm and methodical in his approach while delivering results in a personal and professional manner. I highly recommend Tom to anyone seeking legal services with a personal touch for a reasonable fee.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor representation
We would have a discussion and a plan for action, and weeks would pass before any follow-up, and then it was done incorrectly, as in not what we'd discussed. After two letters went with incorrect statements, I asked to review anything sent on my behalf prior to its going out, Tom would not honor the request, was rude, and uncommunicative, stopping all progress. Instead of fulfilling a promise of helping with a difficult situation, Tom's involvement slowed action, set me back six months and left me in worse shape than when I first walked into his office.
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Posted by James | August 31, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cold, quick to judge and side
He made me feel like my concerns were invalid, without thinking that maybe there was more to the story than what he was understanding. Reminds me of a ceiminal defense attorney. The worst!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Admonition issued in WA, 2017
updated on 03/23/2018

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Thomas's comment: “This was a good-faith mistake where I trusted what my client was telling me. In fact he lied to me during my representation. I should have been more diligent and have checked what he was telling me.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gates' Law, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Kansas State University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1981
  • Kansas State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Rain City Catering vs. Justina Biersack
  • Settled for $382,500

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Fellow
  • 1979 - Present
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Estate Planning Council of South King County
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 1% Attorneys in America
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • 2018
  • 2018-19 Top Attorney and Civil Engineer
  • International Association of Top Professionals
  • 2018
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Industry Leader
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2017
  • Top 10 under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Premier 100
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Fellow
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2010
  • Volunter Attorney of the Year
  • King County Bar Association, VLS
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (0)
Business Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His professionalism, remarkable knowledge and vast experience place Mr. Gates among the top notch lawyers in his areas of practice. With utmost dedication and quick critical thinking, he has successfully resolved an impressive number of cases over the course of his career. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Probate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great contributor to AVVO and an asset to the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
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Federal Way Estate planning Lawyer Thomas Edward Gates
Thomas Edward Gates
Estate planning Attorney
Federal Way, WA
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation