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Mary Anne Vance

Probate Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.2   5 reviews

Licensed for 46 years

About Mary Anne

Learn Mary Anne’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    40%
    Probate is the legal process by which a person’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon her or his death. Opening your probate in court & prepare all pertinent documents. Handle communications between 3rd parties such as certified accountants

    23 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Last Will and Testament Burial Directive and Instructions General Durable Power of Attorney Health Care Durable Power of Attorney Health Care Directive (Living Will) Advanced Mental Health Directives Community and Separate Property Agreements Special

    23 years

  3. Trusts
    15%

    23 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    10%

  5. Elder law
    5%

    23 years

  6. Power of attorney
    5%

    23 years

Mary Anne Vance focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts and probate. She is the co-author of the Probate and Estate Planning Chapters of the "Washington Civil Practice Deskbook". She chairs and speaks at legal seminars sponsored by the Washington State and King County Bar Associations. She was voted "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics Magazine and voted one of Seattle's Top Attorneys by Seattle Magazine.

Licensed for 46 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/25/2022
State IL
Status Voluntarily Inactive
Acquired 1976
Updated 10/11/2022

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

Contact Mary Anne

Reed Longyear Malnati Corwin & Burnett, PLLC.

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Sheryl | December 1, 2013
An angel in my time of sorrow.
My husband passed away after a long bout with cancer. I was devastated and alone with so many questions about what to do. Mary Anne Vance, gave me an informative conference that answered questions about debt and probate issues, that could easily have cost me thousands in legal fees. I was so grateful for her. I asked her how much the consultation was, she replied "no charge". Thank you for your expertise and compassion in my time of need.
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Posted by Mary Mierbeth | October 28, 2013
Estate Planning Probate
I was looking for advise on what type of lawyer I needed for my situation. I contacted a couple Lawyers and one of the offices wanted me to set up a 900 dollar meeting. They said they handled this. This was the a lady in the office and she could not possibly understand the complexity of my question. The other offices could not give me a answer except Mary Anne Vance. I was impressed when I called Mary Annes' office. Mary Anne personally called me back the same day. She not only gave me advise on what type of lawyer to hire, she gave me some references of who to call because the matter was not in her scope of practice. I like her integrity. I would not hesitate to use her in the future in her scope of practice or recommend her.
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Posted by Dina | June 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy to talk to and a joy to work with
Mary Anne not only wrote my will, but talked me through all of the decision-making steps. She clearly explained the legalese and helped me set up my estate in such a way that my wishes are clear and will be easy to carry out. Recently, I got in touch with her about the possibility of buying a dream house. She didn't tell me what I necessarily wanted to hear, but she told me what I needed to hear. After a wonderful conversation -- where I asked a lot of questions and she answered each and everyone -- I walked away knowing exactly what I would do next. She's a joy to work with.
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Posted by Judy | April 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A joy to work with!
We were tremendously pleased working with Mary Anne Vance. She is extraordinarily experienced and has an excellent reputation. She was patient with all our questions and explained everything very clearly. We’ve recommended her to several friends and colleagues.
Posted by Laurent | November 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planing unnecessarily expensive and complicated
We saw M. Vance to make a will. Initially, a total price was communicated (3800$) but later many additional costs (1200$) added for issues which basically arouse due to misspellings and their sequelae- this despite us having provided all information correctly. We did receive some small price reduction, but we remain way overcharged (justified according to some small print). The whole dealings with this office was not very professional and I highly discourage using their services. Lastly, after having reviewed other online reviews, I'm not even sure anymore the legal advice and documents are up to date.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Reed Longyear Malnati Corwin & Burnett, PLLC.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Director
  • The Law Office of Mary Anne Vance, P.S.
  • 1981 - 2017

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago IL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Drake University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Associations

  • Washington Women in Tax
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • YMCA/West Seattle and Fauntleroy
  • Board of Advisors
  • 2012 - 2018
  • King County Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Seattle Academy
  • Endowment Committee -Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Washington State Limited Practice Board
  • Appointee
  • 1985 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2017
  • Seattle Magazine
  • Top Attorney
  • 2016
  • Preeminent Woman Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney in Washington
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyer
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2005
  • Top Lawyer
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2003
  • Top Lawyer
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2002
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2001
  • AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • When Death and Divorce Collide: Cross-over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law
  • 2006
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2004
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2001
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2000
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Things I Should Know But Am Afraid To Ask: Selected Issues in Real Estate Transactions
  • 1994
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Financing and Lender Responsibility in Real Estate Transactions: A Borrower's Perspective
  • 1993
  • Seattle King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Estate Planning Approaches for Middle Income Individuals and Families
  • 1993
  • Washington Civil Practice Deskbook
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • 1993
  • Seattle King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Estate Planning Approaches for Middle Income Individuals and Families
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • King County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning for the 99%: Ethics
  • 2018
  • Washington Planned Giving Council
  • Using Retirement an Insurance Assets for Planned Gifts
  • 2017
  • King County Bar Association
  • Probate Administration
  • 2017
  • National Business Institue
  • Ultimate Guide to Probate
  • 2016
  • King County Bar Association
  • Wills and Trusts
  • 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • When Death and Divorce Collide
  • 2013
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Estate Planning and the Joy of Giving
  • 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Preparing a Basic Estate Plan
  • 2012
  • Senior Services of Seattle/ King County
  • End of Life Issues
  • 2010
  • Seminar Co-Chair
  • Guardianship Procedures
  • 2010
  • King County Bar Association CLE
  • Strengthening Your Estate Planning Practice
  • 2010
  • Washington Elder Law
  • What Everyone Should Know About the Array of Legal Documents and Procedures Available to Assist the Elderly
  • 2009
  • Probate Boot Camp
  • Closing Probate
  • 2009
  • Washington Elder Law
  • What Everyone Should Know About the Array of Legal Documents and Procedures Available to Assist the Elderly
  • 2008
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • When Death and Divorce Collide: Cross-over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law
  • 2006
  • The Docket/ TVW Television
  • Consumer Information on Financial and Medical Powers-of-attorney
  • 2006
  • KUOW Radio Interview with Steve Scher
  • Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • When Death and Divorce Collide: Cross-over Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law
  • 2005
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2004
  • Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Real World Estate Planning: Estate Planning for the Mid-Sized Estate
  • 2002
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2001
  • Washington Ethics Advisory, Washington Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Estate Planning Practice
  • 2000
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Estate Planning Involving the Nontraditional Family
  • 1997
  • Real Property Probate & Trust Mid Year Meeting
  • Things I Should Know But Am Afraid To Ask: Selected Issues In Real Estate Transactions
  • 1994
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Financing and Lender Responsibility in Real Estate Transactions: A Borrower's Perspective
  • 1993
  • Seattle King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Estate Planning Approaches for Middle Income Individuals and Families
  • 1993
  • Seattle King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Estate Planning Approaches for Middle Income Individuals and Families
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Mary Anne
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Mary Anne Vance."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Anne is very professional and efficient. I often refer clients to her when I am conflicted out on a matter or otherwise am unable to assist. "
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