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Christopher Michael Small

Estate planning Attorney at Kirkland, WA

4.9   47 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 14 years
    Missouri - MO 17 years
    Kansas - KS 18 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2007
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2005
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Estate planning should be about more than just writing a will, and with us it is. Our goal is to help you create generational wealth and protect your family. It is possible to live the life of your dreams and set your family up to live the life of theirs for generations to come. We can show you how.

  2. Probate

  3. Trusts

  4. Wills and living wills

We do estate planning and probate, and we are GOOD at it. Our firm rests on three core pillars:

1. Family protection
2. Elimination of barriers to entry (we make it easy for you)
3. Estate tax reduction/elimination

If you need estate planning or probate help, we should talk. The easiest way to do that is to click the link below and choose a date and time that work for you (over the phone or in person).

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Christopher Small is the owner of CMS Law Firm LLC. He created it with one goal - help YOU live a great life and leave a great legacy.

You'll find information here on estate planning, probate, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, life insurance trusts, charitable giving, wills, trusts, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, trustee selection, and everything in between.

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CMS Law Firm LLC
811 Kirkland Ave. Suite 201
Kirkland, WA, 98033
CMS Law Firm LLC
15 S Grady Way, Suite 524
Renton, WA, 98057
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4.9 / 5.0
  47 customer reviews
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Posted by Raymond | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ultra-responsive estate planning
I hired CMS Law Firm after an unexpected loss of access to a prior estate planning professional triggered a schedule challenge for a time-sensitive estate plan update. The CMS Law Firm staff worked cooperatively to rapidly achieve all unique aspects of my estate plan requirements. The rate quoted in advance was quite reasonable and sustained for the completed task. All questions were answered with great competence and I was afforded the ultimate degree of control and flexibility throughout the process of the estate plan generation and finalization process. Since this is not a solo practice, it affords a greater probability of prompt availability when needed.
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Posted by Victor | July 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A wonderful attorney and human being
I can't speak more highly of Chris and his staff. I live in Arizona and he initiated and handled probate for me after my sisters sudden passing in Washington. They kept me regularly informed of the progress and went the extra mile navigating some difficult situations. I will use his services again when I institute a trust.
Posted by Ryan | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Estate Planning
My wife and I needed to do an estate plan, create a will, and set up a trust. Having completed the process, I would highly recommend Chris to help with yours. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and tactful estate planning professional. He was able to guide us through the process and give us all the information we needed to make the right decision. He was very clear about laying out the pros and cons of certain decisions we were contemplating, without making us feel like he was telling us what to decide. In our conversations we found him to be caring, attentive, and tuned in to our family values.
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Posted by Anthony | April 14, 2015
Excellent service from an excellent firm!
It's a pleasure to know that there is a firm and a good group of people behind you when you need them. Emerald City Law Group is that and more! I would highly recommend Chrisopher and his team to any friends or family.
Posted by Keri | December 19, 2014
This firm is AWESOME! Chris Small will work as hard as possible to get the best results! The entire firm is GREAT! I feel very confident with any case he takes knowing he knows his stuff!!!! Thank you for helping my family :)
Posted by Steven | June 17, 2014
Never pay a ticket again!
I recently received a spate of tickets. Who knew driving a roadster could be so much fun? Unfortunately "fun driving" seems to attract the attention of unnamed, but not unarmed, agents of the law. I am working on toning down the fun so as not to receive so much attention. In the mean time, Chris has managed to have all of these tickets dismissed and at a discounted rate. Maybe I got the bulk rate. ;-) Zoom-Zoom! Thanks Chris!
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Posted by Brittany | October 6, 2013
Great experience!
I would recommend Chris Smalls to any friend or loved one seeking an attorney! Both Chris and the CMS law firm were quick to respond to any questions or concerns via phone and email. I am very happy with the outcome of my case in fighting a previous Minor in Possession charge. A friend had also recommended Chris to me and I couldn't be happier with my decision to hire him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2013
Seamlessly took care of my traffic ticket
Chris helped me fight a traffic violation in Burien. I heard about him via my employer based legal services and am happy to have chosen to retain him on the case.
Posted by Scott | June 5, 2013
Ticket Dismissed! Excellent Communication
I live in Chicago and got a ticket because we were late for whale watching. I found a firm on the net that seemed to charge only $75 to handle my case. I called them and they seemed OK. It sounded a little too good to be true so I did a little more research. I found out that all they did was write a letter. They don't even go to court. After reading Christopher's blog piece, I decided to go with CMS. CMS took the reins and I didn't have to do anything else. Kate kept me informed as to what the possible outcomes were and then what was going to happen and when. On the day of the hearing I got an email informing me that my ticket was dismissed! You want someone to go to court for you. CMS did. I hope I don't get another ticket in Seattle, but if I do, I'll use CMS.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2013
Great DUI Defense from Christopher Small and CMS Law Firm
Chris and the CMS team were great in helping me through the DUI process. Chris handled everything from beginning to end on both the criminal and department of licensing front. He kept me informed of the process but did not worry me with all of the details which allowed me to focus on my daily life and not worry about things I could not control. My case was resolved with the most positive outcome as could be expected. I would highly recommend Chris and CMS to anyone who finds themselves facing a DUI charge. Chris was great at guiding me through all the hoops that one must jump through which put me in a good position in front of the prosecutor and judge. Thanks Chris!
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Posted by Michael | April 25, 2013
Chris and his staff contacted me right away. They gave me a run down of the process and kept me informed every step of the way. The results were exactly what I was hoping for and the price for representation was very reasonable. I will use Chris again and refer to all I know. Thanks!!!
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2013
Great job, kept me informed
Christopher and his team did a great job fighting my ticket and keeping me informed throughout the process. I was amazed that they were actually able to get my speeding ticket dismissed with no fines or marks on my record, which is a lot more than I was expecting!
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2013
Gets the job done
I got speeding ticket in August and asked my facebook friends for the recommendation of a lawyer to fight it. CMS law firm was recommended to me and I decided to go with them. I've never met or spoke to Chris himself (well, my case was just an average speeding ticket), but his office crew were helpful and nice to talk to. They informed me that the process was in there hands and I had nothing to worry about. Later on (few months later) I've received an email from them about my ticket being reduced to a non-moving violation and not going on my driving record. The job got done, and yes, it was a flat rate, so I did not have to worry about their final bill, which always makes me nervous.
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Posted by Jordan | December 13, 2012
Ticket Reduced!
I didn't have a lot of hope for my HOV ticket, but I decided to reach out to a traffic lawyer. Christopher's team was helpful and responded effectively to all of my questions. They kept me updated on the entire process. And in the end, my ticket was reduced and my record remains clean!
Posted by Chris | September 4, 2012
Traffic Ticket DEFEATED!
This is the second time I've used CMS law firm to defeat a traffic ticket. I can’t say enough about Chris Small and his professional and courteous team. Easy to contact, sent all the documents and info through email, and one month later the ticket is gone! Can’t recommend him highly enough!
Posted by Chad | June 19, 2012
Best defense in town!
These guys took what I thought was a losing battle on my own and got me a dismissal with nothing on my record. Lots of information along the way and I had to do nothing on my end. Totally awesome and would recommend to anyone with any sort of traffic infraction facing increased insurance charges or worse.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2012
Chris Small is the man! If you are looking for great legal help, call Chris!!!
I had two charges that were a bit more serious than most misdemenors. I was nervous and had never dealt with court before. Chris eliminated mutliple court dates and cut straight to the point with prosecuters. He worked out the best deal possible for me that not only kept me out of jail but had me paying a few small fines and one of the two charges dropped! All I can say is he is great and keeps you informed every step of the way. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2012
highly recommended
Thank you very much for your support and the excellent communication you provided from start to finish. At every point in the process of handling my ticket, I felt like you were communicating as if my case was the only matter you had pending, and it was very very much appreciated (especially since I am confident you carry a very sizeable caseload at any given time).
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Posted by Paolo | March 22, 2012
Speeding Ticket Dismissed!!!
AWESOME LAWFIRM!! With things like this I hold communication to be the utmost value and this lawfirm did an awesome job of that!! I never had to go to court and my ticket was dismissed!! Will be recommending Chris to ANYBODY and everyone I know!
Posted by Naa | January 27, 2012
You can trust him to do an excellent job
He is the real deal. I got a speeding ticket for doing 53mph in a 35mph zone, contacted him and bingo!!! He took care of business and the ticket was COMPLETELY dismissed.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • CMS Law Firm LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Co-Owner
  • Emerald City Law Group Inc.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Owner
  • CMS Law Firm LLC
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Staff Attorney
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fairchild & Buck
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Law Clerk/ Associate Attorney
  • Anderson & Byrd, LLC
  • 2004 - 2006
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  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Kansas
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Assault 4 Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • DUI
  • Reduced to Neg 1
  • I-405 DUI Charge
  • Reduced to Negligent Driving 1st Degree


  • King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014


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Speaking Engagements

  • Your Law Practice as a Business
  • Your Law Practice as a Business
  • 2013
  • Presentation - How to Survive a Police Stop
  • DUI Defense | Criminal Defense
  • 2010
  • Presentation - How to Survive a Police Stop
  • DUI Defense | Criminal Defense
  • 2010
  • WSBA Monthly Job Seekers Group
  • Online Marketing and Networking for Attorneys
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (12)
Endorse Christopher
Estate planning Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a knowledgable and innovative attorney. He is great to work with and willing to educate others and share what he knows. If I needed an estate planning attorney in Washington, I would definitely use Chris Small."
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides excellent advice through his podcast and website."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"Christopher is a passionate, innovative, highly competent attorney who will not rest until his clients are 100% satisfied. Anyone retaining his services will be in good hands."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Other
"Chris is someone that cares about the people that he works for, and has a high level of integrity."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and competent in the areas of DUI, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Traffics laws. I also know him to be a highly ethical individual with a reputation for the highest integrity as well as legal ability."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I know of Chris' work and he is an excellent lawyer. If I have any clients in the Seattle area that get in trouble, they will see Chris."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great communicator and works diligently on behalf of his clients. Very responsive."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure to get to know Chris over the past several months and learn more and more about his DUI practice. Chris truly cares about his clients and will do whatever he can to help them with their case. His DUI podcast is excellent. If you run into trouble with the law in Seattle, I highly recommend you at least contact Chris before going in to see another attorney for a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I met each other a few years ago as a result of our shared background and interest in marketing. Chris has done an excellent job growing his firm and has been an inspiration to me. I don't normally have the chance to hire other local lawyers, but I hired Chris to help a friend with a traffic ticket. He was extremely professional and got the job done timely and with little anxiety on the part of my friend. He has a solid firm with great advice and client services. Chris is someone on the top of my recommendation list for his counsel and as a speaker on marketing. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've sent multiple clients who've (unfortunately) needed Chris Small's assistance. Literally every one of them has come back with glowing recommendations, even when these clients were given a number of other attorneys to choose from and/or met with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Small is a rising star in the Seattle defense community. I've gotten to know Chris a bit over the past year and I've been impressed with his knowledge and energy. His use of social media and skills in that medium are laudable; I don't know anyone else in our industry who is as effective with this as he is. And more importantly, he's a great advocate for his clients. He knows his stuff. (He's a bit hard on us former prosecutors but hey - no ones perfect) Chris is a great lawyer and a great guy. I endorse him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Chris in the past and from that personal experience I can tell you that he works very hard for his clients and is very passionate about what he does. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is passionate, dedicated and organized. His office staff is incredibly friendly and on top of it. He is a pleasure to work with and any client would be very fortunate to have him as their attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris a a great guy and generous with his time. If you are need of assistance with a criminal, DUI or traffic matter you should definitely give Chris a call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently attended a seminar with Attorney Small. He is dedicated and passionate about DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Kirkland Estate planning Lawyer Christopher Michael Small
Christopher Michael Small
Estate planning Attorney
Kirkland, WA
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation