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Chad Horner

Probate Attorney at Kent, WA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Chad

Learn Chad’s areas of practice.

My practice focuses on advising individuals and families on how to protect and help their loved ones through proper estate planning. This often includes preparing wills, trusts and related documents, but also includes a review of clients’ financial situation and a discussion about their goals before and when they pass away. I also advise families after a loved one has passed away and can assist them through the probate process when one is necessary. I am a frequent speaker on topics involving estate planning, probates, and estate administration.


Through the years, I have been appointed by the court to many positions, including estate administrator, probate guardian ad litem, special representative, and special master. I currently serve as a Pro Tem Commissioner in the King County Superior Court’s Ex Parte and Probate Department. An essential part of my practice has involved community service, including working with clients at legal clinics and serving on boards helping children with disabilities and improving access to affordable healthcare.

I have also created and maintain the website , which is a resource for families and lawyers navigating the probate system in King County. 


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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
Estate Planning
Chad was completely professional, providing appropriate guidance as we reworked the details of my will. He suggested a number of valuable options, several of which were included in the final document. As indicated above, he was an excellent resource. Of equal importance to those traits he has outstanding interpersonal skills. On my recommendation several friends have engaged him to update their personal records.
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Posted by JOAN | January 10, 2015
Chad Horner
Chad Horner has provided me and my family legal advise for many years. His expertise and knowledge is without question. He has helped me with estate planning, a will and a pre nuptial agreement as well as general overall legal advise on issues which arise in our daily lives. I am pleased to recommend Chad to all of my family and friends and look forward to meeting with him again myself to update my estate plans. He is sincerely interested in his clients and has always made me feel that my needs are his number one priority at the time.
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Posted by Jon | January 9, 2015
Can't say enough good things
Unfortunately, I have had the need to work with numerous lawyers over the years and I can say without hesitation that Chad is the best! He is the antithesis of the stereotypical attorney. He truly is trustworthy, responsive, kind, thoughtful, fair, and highly knowledgeable in his areas of specialty.


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Work Experience

  • Pro Tem Commissioner
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney and Managing Partner
  • Curran Law Firm (Formerly Curran Mendoza)
  • 1997 - Present


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • Estate Planning Council of South King County
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • HealthPoint
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Volunteer
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Children's Therapy Center
  • Board Member
  • 1997 - 2017
  • Catholic Community Services Legal Action Center
  • Volunteer
  • 1997 - 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Thirteenth Annual Probate Administration Seminar
  • Appointing the Personal Representative and Opening a Probate
  • 2017
  • Personal Estate Planning for the 99%
  • Plannning Considerations for Nonprobate Assets
  • 2017
  • Twelfth Annual Probate Administration Seminar
  • Settling Small Estates and Administering Nonprobate Assets
  • 2016
  • Probate Litigation: Non-TEDRA Causes of Action and Alternatives
  • Probate Issues Involving Unmarried Couples
  • 2016
  • Personal Estate Planning for the 99%
  • Planning Considerations for Nonprobate Assets
  • 2016
  • Navigating the King County Ex Parte Department
  • Probate Practice in Ex Parte
  • 2016
  • Personal Estate Planning for the 99%
  • Planning Considerations for Nonprobate Assets
  • 2015
  • Eleventh Annual Probate Administration Seminar
  • Identifying and Administering Nonprobate Assets
  • 2015
  • Tenth Annual Probate Administration Seminar
  • Settling Small Estates
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Probate Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chad is a highly capable attorney who quickly discerns the important issues when resolving cases."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Kent Probate Lawyer Chad Horner
Chad Horner
Probate Attorney
Kent, WA
Licensed for 26 years