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Frances Turean

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Franni Turean

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Frances

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I am an attorney at law and partner at Wechsler Becker LLP, practicing Family Law, and helping my clients through a stinky part of their lives. This involves anything from divorce, parenting plans, child support, paternity actions, third party custody actions and agreed adoptions, usually by step-parents or grandparents. The only reason I went to law school was to practice Family Law. It's the most likely area of law in which a person will be engaged, and I wanted to help people. I got my wish, love my practice, and have met some very cool clients and colleagues. 


Prior to joining Wechsler Becker LLP, I was a solo practitioner for 10 years with my own firm, and before that I had the pleasure of working for 10 years for one of the pillars of Western Washington Family Law, who was a fabulous mentor: Bob Prince. It was an honor to work for one of the most ethical attorneys I know.


Law is my second career; the first one was 16 years in broadcast video production, working in TV stations in Montana and Washington, producing news, commercials and local programming. I even won an Emmy!



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Wechsler Becker LLP
701 Fifth Avenue, Ste 4550
Seattle, WA, 98104

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5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by Kim | September 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Professionalism
The care, compassion and timely responsiveness of the activities associated with my divorce are truly exemplary. Highly recommend Franni’s services.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Franni helped us navigate a very difficult relocation case. In the end our objection was heard and the children did not relocate. Franni was professional, thorough, and honest. She was a shrewd strategizer and negotiator as well. We couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Posted by Luke | January 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent divorce lawyer
Franni provided expert guidance, counsel and support through my 12-month divorce process, and also, most importantly, was a good listener. I note that every single time Franni got in front of the judge or made a motion, she got what we asked for. Additionally, we settled in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable amount of money, with a minimal amount of nastiness.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable and thorough
I highly recommend Franni. She's a veteran attorney who is skilled at using the law to advise and protect her clients. She is very responsibe and responsive. I hired her to help me resolve an issue with an ex who had substance abuse issues. She worked collaboratively with me and helped guide me through that ordeal.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2015
Frances Turean….Heart, Mind, Integrity, Fairness
Frances Turean is a family-first attorney. YOUR family. She does that with deep empathy for her clients' situation, and truly helps those who, in the very difficult time of divorce, need a strong mindset to help them sort through what their new life will look like. She helps direct her clients to decisions that will be with the childrens' best interest at the forefront. Anger in divorce is so very common, yet Frances is able to help parents drop their weapons of animosity and move to a common goal of what is best for their family. She counsels kindness. Her integrity and fairness are accolades her peers quote often. Held in high regard by her fellows, Frances is an attorney, yes, but also a very real person. Frances Turean's professional guidance would be an excellent choice for a parent who wants a guardian angel surrounding her/his divorce. An attorney who can help the family still live happily ever after, even though they are no longer under the same roof. It can be done.
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Posted by Jay | January 3, 2015
Franni is AWESOME!!
I am thrilled to endorse Franni! I am a father to an amazing 7 year old daughter, and Franni recently represented me in a modification action involving my child support order. I am also a recent law school graduate. I hired Franni, because family law is not my area of expertise, and the complexity and high stakes involving family law matters require an attorney with very specialized skills and considerable experience. If I had tried to represent myself, the opposing counsel would have cemented an easy and lopsided victory. I had hired two other family law attorneys over the past six years that did not represent me with the zeal or competence that I had hoped for, which resulted in less than ideal outcomes. Franni was a very welcomed change! In observing Franni work, my own legal training reassured me that she made incredibly efficient use of my time and money. What first impressed me, was that Franni made the time in her already full caseload, in order to fit in my additional case. As Franni listened to me speak, she was quick to zero in on the most relevant facts of my case. She was highly knowledgeable on the applicable law, and the outcomes that I could expect with any given course of action. Franni helped me to pinpoint my key objectives, and to define a strategy for dealing with my daughter’s mom that would secure those objectives. Franni was quick to help keep me on track a couple of times when my focus started to veer from my key objectives. I found Franni to use the perfect balance of diplomacy and assertiveness in dealing with the opposition. Ultimately, I could not be more thrilled with the outcome Franni that obtained for me. For the first time in six years, I feel like I have a child support order that is fair! I will be using Franni for all of my own future family law needs. I cannot recommend Franni enthusiastically enough!
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2014
Wonderful Family Law Attorney
I decided to hire Franni part way through my family law case regarding visitation and child support for my son. I was not pleased with my previous lawyer for many reasons. Wish I had found Franni first. She is very honest and will tell you what you need to know and what is likely to happen based upon the law. She does not just tell you what you want to hear. Also she was easy to get on the phone and quick to respond to email. Her rates are reasonable for how very good she is at her job. I would highly recommend her, she is honest and knowledgeable, yet at the same time does not tolerate any nonsense from the opposing party. I believe she genuinely cares about the people she is working for.
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Posted by hans | February 2, 2014
Getting the job done
In the midst of a very difficult and prolonged divorce case, Frances Turean (aka Franni) brought common sense and a pragmatic approach to the situation. Her professionalism,efficiency and dedication were all instrumental in providing a mutually agreeable solution. She was always readily available to listen and give the necessary guidance and recommendations. To accelerate the process she never hesitated to approach opposing counsel directly. Her experience and competence are admirable.
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Posted by Katy | August 12, 2013
Highly Recommended!!
Franni is an amazing! She understands family law inside and out. She is very compassionate, patient and caring when needed. Franni can also be a bulldog and gets things done, if that is what is needed. I am very happy with the services she provided and would highly recommend her!
Posted by Brenda | August 7, 2013
Frances Turean Review
Franni was referred to me by my collaborative divorce attorney when a contempt charge was filed against me in a property settlement, making it necessary to obtain a non-collaborative law attorney. Franni acted quickly to meet a 2-week filing deadline with a response and arguments in court that resulted in the contempt charge being denied. In a second and subsequent action taken against me, her response and arguments also prevailed, including the award of some of my attorney's fees. For my cases, she quickly comprehended the issues, obtained case law for the responses from her research assistant and drafted a response, that, at my request, she agreed to let me to edit and augment in order to reduce her time (and fees for me) a bit. From the courtroom experience, which included hearing and seeing other cases while waiting for ours, I found that in comparison, Franni was very well prepared, articulate, concise and organized in her delivery. When I checked in for the case at the court, and the clerk noted Franni was my attorney, she smiled and commented that Franni was among the best, presumably among the attorneys with whom she deals. Other attorneys in the hallway outside the courtroom eagerly greeted and conversed with her, which to me meant she is respected by her peers. In the face of the maddening and annoying motions that were filed against me, Franni's wittiness and dramatic interpretation of the story leading to them and her approach to our response made all our interactions in person and on the phone not only tolerable, but even entertaining. While I would have preferred to not have this experience at all, at least it was rewarding to work with such a competent and skilled attorney and to prevail.
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Posted by Mickey | September 3, 2012
Forever grateful...thanks Franni!
If you're getting divorced, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Franni Turean, who represented me during my very contentious divorce. First off, Franni told me like it was, instead of telling me what I wanted to hear. Franni explained things to me in ways I could easily understand, and she was fantastic at navigating me through my difficult divorce. Franni was always very responsive to my phone calls and emails; she was easily accessible and patient. Franni was also very thorough and diligent. Franni's assistant Katie was AWESOME; she was a pleasure to work with. Like Franni, Katie was very responsive and accessible. Franni is a dynamite divorce attorney who truly represented me, my best interests, and my childrens' best interests and I'm forever grateful. THANKS FRANNI!
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Posted by Erin | August 10, 2012
Best Lawyer!!!!!
Turean Law Offices is OUTSTANDING! Franni has helped me with child custody and most currently child support issues over the past 3 years. She is an expert in family law, works hard for you, and has A+ communication. Her paralegal, Katie, is SO helpful and nice. Any new communication that comes through they immediately let me know. Her court presence is amazing. She makes her points and makes them good! I highly recommend Turean Law Offices.
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Posted by Monique | November 22, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Franni and found her to be ethical, competent, and, this is a big one: care about her client. I appreciate her legal skills and hope to use her again in the future if the occasion arises.
Posted by Kevin | August 5, 2011
Thank you Franni!
Franni was on point and realistic about the possible outcome throughout my case. She focused on the core issues and did not allow me to get distracted by the typical responses from the opposing side. She knew what was relevant to the court and abided by this, maintaining a professionalism that I had not experienced before with prior lawyers. We had a fair and positive outcome and she was meticulous in making sure the final order reflected everything the court ordered, so at a later date it wil not be open for interpretation.
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Posted by Julie | January 3, 2011
Wonderful service
A great experience.
Posted by G. Brent | December 10, 2010
Couldn't have asked for better
Franni was extremely professional, Knowadgeable, kept me informed with everything, always gave me options when avalible, strove to get all she could for my benefit. Kept me from getting side tracked but always listen to what I had to say.
Posted by Clint | December 6, 2010
Review of Frances Turean for Disolution of Marriage
Frances (Franni) was recommended to me as a family law attorney for divorce that is very responsive and not going to create unnecessary issues with the opposing party. I found these characteristics to be right on, and my experience with Franni was great! I found that she would communicate with me via either email, or phone, or in person, as it best suited my needs and she always got back to be quickly (within a day). She was always clear. On one issue where I was particularly distressed, regarding the expectation of privacy between married people, she was very responsive, and clear, and helpful. Besides being located in downtown Seattle, which is kind of pain to get to and find parking, I have only glowing things to say about Franni.
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Posted by Rebekah | December 6, 2010
Fair, Tough and Efficient. She didn't waste my time or money and I always felt well taken care of.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2010
Experience Counts
Very knowledgeable and thorough. Walked me through the system and made everything less traumatic. Kept me informed every step of the way and was on top of the case from day one. Excellent, experienced, respectful. An excellent experience with Ms. Turean made my personal situation tolerable.
Posted by Emmy | December 4, 2010
Ms. Turean not only understands the law, she grasps human behavior at its best and at its worst. In addition to her sound legal counsel, Ms. Turean gave me strong emotional support without ever overstepping her professionalism. I have recommended her to friends who expressed a need for family legal counsel. I know that they will receive the services of an exceptionally bright woman who is both direct and considerate. I am so glad I retained her as my attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner, Attorney at Law
  • Wechsler Becker LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Principal, Owner
  • Law Office of Frances Turean
  • 2006 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Prince Law Firm, P.S.
  • 1996 - 2006


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctrate
  • 1996
  • Montana State University-Bozeman
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Theater
  • 1976


  • Toastmasters International
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Toastmasters District 2
  • Division D Governor
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Toastmasters International
  • Area 34 Governor
  • 2007 - 2008
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Toastmasters
  • President Club 832
  • 2005 - 2006
  • King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Family Law Clinic
  • 2003 - 2010
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • Chair of Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2002 - 2006
  • West Seattle Family YMCA
  • Fundraiser
  • 1993 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Clinic Volunteer of the Month
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Emmy Award- NATAS Regional
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Hot Topics
  • 2nd Time Around: Issue Spotting in Serial Marriages
  • 2010
  • Advanced Family Law Hot Topics for "Hard Times."
  • Everything you need to know about the new child support legislation
  • 2009
  • Child Custody & Shared Parenting in Washington
  • Custody Modification Proceedings
  • 2004
  • Child Custody & Shared Parenting in Washington
  • Development of Parenting Plan
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (9)
Endorse Frances
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Franni on a few difficult matters. She is knowlegeable and compassionate. When I am unable to take a client, I refer them to her with confidence. I know she will take good care of them without breaking the bank."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Franni for just about her entire career. I've seen that she genuinely cares about people. She stands solidly with them in times of trouble. And she knows how to get them a fair shake."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I recently completed a parenting and child support case with Franni. While she was a vigorous advocate for her client, she also demonstrated very good judgment. Franni has a thorough understanding of the law and great depth of experience. She is well-regarded in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Frances I first meet Frances over 15 years ago when I moved to Seattle. Over the years I have handled several cases where Frances was opposing counsel. Frances is a great attorney, she fights hard for her clients. If I was going to get a divorce, Frances would be the first person I called!!"
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Franni for many years and know her to be absolutely committed to her clients. She is ethical and dedicated and I refer folks to her regularly. On top of being a great lawyer, she's a tremendous person as well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had Franni Turean as opposing counsel on several cases. She is honest, straightforward and has her client's best interests forefront in her negotiations, mediations and hearings."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Turean is an outstanding Family Law attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Franni is a skilled advocate who will resolve issues cooperatively when appropriate, reducing fees and stress for her client. We have both worked together and been opposing counsel on a case. I would not hesitate to recommend Franni."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Franni and I were opposite each other in a very contentious case. She was a relentless advocate for her client, but remained courteous and professional in all her interactions with me. She's also practical and worked with me to save our clients' money and reduce conflict when possible. I would confidently refer a friend or family member to her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked opposite of Franni on a dissolution case with challenging parenting and domestic violence issues. Franni's representation of the opposing party was not simply zealous with no end-game in sight, but rather diligent and goal focussed to address the concerns of my client while at the same time achieving what her client wanted but had jeopardized. Franni has a good command of what's relevant to the Court in dissolution cases and what's not, and her ability to accentuate the material issues is one of her biggest strengths. I highly endorse Franni's work and would not hesitate to recommend her services to others."
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