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Michael J. Longyear

About me

Michael J. Longyear represents clients in issues regarding Trust and
Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianship, and
Elder Law and related real estate and business matters. He serves as
guardian of the estate, trustee, and estate administrator in routine and
complex or contested matters. Mr. Longyear is a member of the Estate
Planning Council of Seattle.


Mr. Longyear currently serves on the Washington Supreme Court
Certified Professional Guardian Board. He is a past Co-Chair of the
King County Settlement Guardian ad Litem (SPR 98.16W) Training Program.
He is also a Past-Chair of the King County Bar Association Guardianship
and Elder Law Section, and is a Past Co-Chair of the Title 11.88
Mandatory Guardian ad Litem Training Program.


Mr. Longyear is Past-Chair of the Elder Law Section of the
Washington State Bar Association and has served on the Legislative
Committee. He is the current treasurer. He also belongs to the Real
Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the WSBA.


Mr. Longyear earned a Juris Doctor from the University of
Pittsburgh and has a Bachelor's Degree from Eisenhower College. He also
holds an M.A.T. from Colgate University. He was admitted to the
Maryland State Bar in 1984 and the Washington State Bar in 1989.


Mr. Longyear has been recognized each year as a Washington Super
Lawyer from 2001-2010 by Washington Law & Politics magazine. He was
also named Seattle Best Lawyer in 2001.


Contact info

Reed, Longyear, Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC

801 Second Avenue Suite 1415
Seattle, WA, 98104

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    27 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    27 years
  3. Guardianship: 25%
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    27 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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  • Chad Horner

    Mike is a very well respected attorney in the community. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of guardianships, estate planning, elder law and probate.


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Washington Super LawyerWashington Journal of Law & Politics2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Washington Super LawyerWashington Journal of Law & Politics2009
Washington Super LawyerWashington Journal of Law & Politics2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Washington Super LawyerWashington Journal of Law & Politics2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Washington Super LawyerN/A2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Washington Super LawyerN/A2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Washington Super LawyerN/A2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Washington Super LawyerN/A2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Washington Super LawyerN/A2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Washington Super LawyerN/A2001
Seattle Best LawyerN/A2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
Volunteer AwardN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyReed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationExec Committee, Past-Chair Guardianship & Elder Law1998 - 2003
Washington State Bar AssociationPast Chair - Elder Law Section, Exec Committee1998 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Villegas v. McBrideMichael T. Schein
Villegas v. McBrideCreditor claim properly rejected
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Publication nameTitleDate
Reed Longyear Law BlogGuardianship Pt. 1: An Introduction to Guardianship2014
Reed Longyear Law BlogGuardianship Pt. 2: How to Start a Guardianship2014
Reed Longyear Law BlogWhat is a General Durable Power of Attorney?2014
Reed Longyear Law BlogThe Art of Personal and Estate Planning : An Overview for Artists2014
UnknownWashington State Guardian Manual2004
UnknownKing County Probate Policy Manual2003
UnknownWashington State Guardianship Manual2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Colgate UniversityN/AM.A.T.1977
Eisenhower CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Probate Administration in Washington StateRole of a Probate Guardian ad Litem2013
Title 11 Guardian ad LitemEthics2009
Elder Law EssentialsGuardianship2009
Annual Trust and Estate Litigation SeminarGuardianship2009
Probate AdministrationProbate2007
Probate AdministrationProbate2005
Special Issues of Concern for Settlement Guardian ad LitemsGuardianship2004
Unknown.Capacity - A Transactional Issue2001
Unknown.Capacity and Undue Influence - Guardianship and Durable Power of Attorney2001