Over 20 Years of Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Will & Elder Law Experience! 206-455-9912Caring and Compassionate Elder Law and Guardianship Legal Services 206-455-9912Over 20 Years of Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Will & Elder Law Experience! 206-455-9912Experienced Guardianship Attorney and Washington State Certified Professional Guardian 206-455-9912Over 20 Years of Probate and Probate Litigation Experience! 206-455-9912
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Washington Journal of Law & Politics||2010|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Washington Journal of Law & Politics||2009|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Washington Journal of Law & Politics||2008|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Washington Journal of Law & Politics||2007|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2006|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2005|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2004|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2003|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2002|
|Washington Super Lawyer||N/A||2001|
|Seattle Best Lawyer||N/A||2001|
|Attorney||Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC||1998 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Estate Planning Council of Seattle||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|King County Bar Association||Exec Committee, Past-Chair Guardianship & Elder Law||1998 - 2003|
|Washington State Bar Association||Past Chair - Elder Law Section, Exec Committee||1998 - 2008|
|Villegas v. McBride||Michael T. Schein|
|Villegas v. McBride||Creditor claim properly rejected|
|See all legal cases|
|Reed Longyear Law Blog||Guardianship Pt. 1: An Introduction to Guardianship||2014|
|Reed Longyear Law Blog||Guardianship Pt. 2: How to Start a Guardianship||2014|
|Reed Longyear Law Blog||What is a General Durable Power of Attorney?||2014|
|Reed Longyear Law Blog||The Art of Personal and Estate Planning : An Overview for Artists||2014|
|Unknown||Washington State Guardian Manual||2004|
|Unknown||King County Probate Policy Manual||2003|
|Unknown||Washington State Guardianship Manual||2003|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Eisenhower College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Probate Administration in Washington State||Role of a Probate Guardian ad Litem||2013|
|Title 11 Guardian ad Litem||Ethics||2009|
|Elder Law Essentials||Guardianship||2009|
|Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar||Guardianship||2009|
|Special Issues of Concern for Settlement Guardian ad Litems||Guardianship||2004|
|Unknown.||Capacity - A Transactional Issue||2001|
|Unknown.||Capacity and Undue Influence - Guardianship and Durable Power of Attorney||2001|
Posted by Ellen
Michael drew up trust documents for me this year, and I could not be happier with his services. He is intelligent, trustworthy, respectful, and knowledgeable, not to mention fun to talk to. He and his staff were thorough and efficient, keeping me in the loop whenever necessary. I could not recommend Michael and his firm more highly.
Posted by John
Being a Seattle native and having lived in Seattle for many years prior to relocating, my career as a professional manager and business consultant put me in direct contact and dealings with numerous attorneys. Mike Longyear stands out among them as one of the most caring and compassionate attorneys with whom I have dealt. Mr. Longyear is an individual who puts a great deal of thoughtful consideration into the decision making processes that affect his clients. He treats his clients with kindness and respect, which I can say is rare in the legal community. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to share that knowledge with not only his clients but his colleagues as well.
I have recommended him to several friends that need legal services in the Seattle area and will continue to do so.
Posted by Dena
I have known and worked with Mike Longyear for about 20 years. He handled my personal will and estate planning to start and then he set up my husband's corporation. He has been diligent in making sure that my family was protected. He specifically talked to me about what my goals were, about issues that might arise and ways to work around those potential problems. He even reviewed the amount of life insurance I had in place and recommended an increase to meet my family needs if something should happen to me.
Mike took the time to get to know me and my family so everyone would be protected. And he did this without adding some of the typical nickel and dime charges that I have seen other attorneys do.
Mike is the best.
Posted by Esther
I was introduced to Michael Longyear through our mutual involvement in the arts probably fifteen years ago. Liking him and learning of his good reputation for estate planning, I used Michael Longyear to put together a will and end of life directives. Recently, when enough things had changed in my life, we worked together to update these materials. I liked the pace of the process which allowed time to make thoughtful decisions and Michael’s scope of experience which provided wisdom along the way. I believe he shares my values (important to me), I trust Michael Longyear to give good professional advice and to get the details right in composing a will and end of life directives. Working with him has been a very good experience.
Posted by Brad
Mike has helped me with a number of issues over the last 15 years or so.
I initially met Mike as a co-director on a residential condo board and I was impressed with his thoroughness, hard work, and commitment.
When I needed some legal advice I went directly to him as a result of this connection.
He first created a Trust for me and helped my partner and I construct a pre-nuptual agreement. He handled this sensitive issue extremely well and we were both pleased with the result.
He also has created wills and medical directives for us.
Since then he has revised the trust, the wills, and the medical directives to stay in synch with our current circumstances and changes in tax law and we both feel confident that we are in good shape in these critical areas.
He has offered excellent advice and his attention to detail and his taking the time to truly understand our needs made navigating through these complex, difficult issues possible. I would recommend him without qualificaton.
Posted by Paul
My first experience with Mike was working with him on the sale of a home where he was the executor.
I have to say that he walked through walls to get the transaction closed. Recently Mike set up an LLC for my new business. He and his staff didn't miss a beat through every step of the process. Mike is simply the best; he made me feel like i was his only client. Oh, and he his nicest guy too.