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Janna Jill Annest

Estate planning Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   8 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

Virtual consultation available

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 Just liike my parents and grandparents, I’m a Seattle native. I graduated cum laude and with high honors from Dartmouth College in 2000, where I captained the women’s volleyball team and was a visiting student at Oxford University. I received my J.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003 and served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Washington Law Review. I spent the first 16 years of my career at Mills Meyers Swartling, P.S., where I gained significant litigation experience representing large and small businesses in a variety of contract, insurance, product liability, and real property matters.

After adopting my daughter in 2008, I began building my family formation practice. Adoption, assisted reproduction, estate planning, and probate matters filled an increasingly large percentage of my time. In 2015, I became a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and in 2019, I joined the experienced adoption and estate planning team of Albert Lirhus and John Keckemet.

My practice includes all aspects of adoption, including complex situations involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), interstate placements requiring compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), step-parent, second-parent (and even third-parent) adoptions, contested adoptions, and finalization of international and domestic agency adoptions. I frequently consult with parents hoping to adopt their foster child from the Department of Children, Youth and Families. I also represent birthparents who have placed or are considering placing a child for adoption.

I particularly enjoy advising people in the earliest stages of expanding their families and helping them understand how many options are available. In addition to adoption, the 2019 revisions to the Uniform Parentage Act in Washington opened new possibilities for couples or individuals pursuing assisted reproductive technologies (ARTS). I prepare surrogacy contracts, egg and sperm donation agreements, and embryo donation contracts that satisfy the specific requirements of Washington law, and help intended mothers and fathers obtain pre-birth orders confirming their parentage.

The arrival of a child often prompts parents to complete their estate planning. I prepare the documents necessary to ensure that their loved ones will be well-cared for if they were gone. Usually, those documents include wills, powers of attorney, health care directives (living wills), and sometimes trusts or community property agreements. If a loved one does pass away, I guide clients through probate—the process of transferring titles, distributing assets, and resolving debts.

With my litigation background and experience as an adoptive parent, I bring a strategic and compassionate approach to all my cases. I understand the anxiety and intensity of becoming a parent unconventionally, and also recognize that planning for your own death or incapacity can be unsettling. I help clients navigate both the practical and emotional aspects of these occasions.

Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/25/2022

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Lirhus Keckemet Annest, PLLC
119 South Main Street
Suite 405
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Janna received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by Ken | April 5, 2012
Friendly, personable, helpful
Janna handled two of our three adoptions. She was helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. I'd easily recommend her to anyone looking for an adoption attorney in Washington State.
Posted by Galena | February 26, 2011
Recommendation for Janna Annest
Janna helped us with two different domestic adoptions. One was handled in partnership with an adoption agency. The other was a completely private adoption. In both cases, Janna was professional, prompt and thoughtful. The stress of the adoption experience was limited because Janna always communicated clearly and quickly with us. She and her staff went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and precise, so that the adoptions would not be impeded in any way, now or in the future. I highly recommend Janna Annest as an adoption attorney.
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Posted by Courtney & Jennifer | January 31, 2011
Janna Annest has been a wonderful lawyer for our adoption!
Janna has been open, honest and welcoming from our initial meeting with her regarding the legal finalization of our adoption. Her expertise and professionalism is coupled with friendliness and a true interest in having her clients successfully complete the adoption process. I highly recommend Janna Annest and her staff!
Posted by Jenny | January 28, 2011
Very knowledgable!
Janna knows a lot of about adoption law, and was just what we needed to finalize the adoption of our little one. She's a pleasure to work with, knowledgeable, and just a wonderful individual and lawyer!
Posted by Susie | January 27, 2011
Wonderful Adoption Attorney
Janna was absolutey awesome! My husband and I adopted our first son in May 2009 and Janna was always "on top of it", letting us know what's next, etc. and just being a general encouragement. Our son was born in LA and I had to spend 3 1/2 weeks there, away from my husband and two daughters at home, and Janna was such a help during a VERY stressful time. We're about to use Janna again as we adopt our 2nd son who we have been fostering since birth, almost 4 years. There was absolutely no question in our minds who we wanted to help us complete this adoption.
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Posted by Rebecca | January 27, 2011
Trustworthy, compassionate, and incredibly knowledgeable
Janna was truly a gift to our family. She assisted us in our adoption procedure and her knowledge of the laws regarding the different counties in WA made navigating this difficult, time consuming task, easy and actually joyous! From the interview process, to the courtroom she was always available to us with any little question we had. Thank you Janna for being part of our adoption process, your professionalism, knowledge, and wonderful personality made it a breeze.
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Posted by Laura | January 27, 2011
Great Attorney
Ms Annest is very knowledgeable, very communicative, and very efficient. I felt that I always knew what needed to be done and how best to achieve it.
Posted by Margit | January 27, 2011
Responsive and knowledgeable
Janna was wonderful to work with. She was very good at describing the process to us and keeping us informed about where things were at. She was very responsive, timely and professional. Will definitely use her services again!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Mills Meyers Swartling
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Mills Meyers Swartling
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Extern
  • Seattle School District Office of General Counsel
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Notes & Comments Editor, Washington Law Review
  • University Of Washington Law School
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Parking Enforcement Citation Hearing Officer
  • University of Washington
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Summer Clerk
  • Smyth & Mason
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • JD - with honors
  • 2003
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - cum laude and with high honors
  • 2000

Associations

  • Adoptive Friends & Family of Greater Seattle
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dartmouth Alumni Club of Western Washington
  • President
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Studio East
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Dartmouth College Alumni Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Dartmouth College Club Officers, Executive Committee
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Dartmouth College Club Officers, Executive Committee
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Dartmouth College Club Officers, Executive Committee
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Varsity Women's Volleyball
  • Team Captain
  • 1999 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award
  • Dartmouth College
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2010
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
  • 2009
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Publications

  • LexisNexis Practice Guides
  • Washington Civil Discovery, Contributing Reviewer
  • 2013
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • Hiring Your Adoption Professional
  • 2013
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • Building "Nontraditional" Families
  • 2012
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • Before the Adoption: Connecting with Expectant Mothers
  • 2011
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • Finally Final
  • 2011
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights
  • 2011
  • Adoptive Families Magazine "Ask the Experts"
  • How do I find my U.S. adoption team?
  • 2010
  • King County Bar Bulletin
  • Mamma Mia! Everyone Jumps Through Adoption Hoops
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBI CLE
  • Adoption Law Start to Finish
  • 2012
  • KBTC Northwest Now TV Panel
  • Adoption Issues
  • 2010
  • NALS of Washington Regional Conference
  • Adoption Law Overview
  • 2010
  • NBI CLE
  • Adoption Law: Start to Finish
  • 2010
  • AWAIT
  • Adoption Support, Featured Presenter
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Janna is an amazing attorney and the perfect person to handle any type of adoption. I would happily refer any of my own clients to her."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Seattle Estate planning Lawyer Janna Jill Annest
Janna Jill Annest
Estate planning Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available