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Forrest Joseph Carlson

Real estate Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.7   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
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Assemble Law Group, PLLC
200 1st Ave W Ste 320
Seattle, WA, 98119

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  16 customer reviews
Posted by Emily | July 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great service!
Forrest was super helpful in making the legalese understandable. I had some pretty complicated asks and I feel like I actually understood the whole process and I feel good about what ended up in my Will. Forrest also went above and beyond and helped my Life Insurance agent with the legal jargon to ensure that any benefit would be directed to those I intended it to go to.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2018
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Knowledgeable and Professional
Forrest did my will and Power of Attorney. I had been procrastinating doing these because I was worried it would be hard, but Forrest made the process easy and efficient. I am glad I finally have a will, and I am very glad I chose Forrest to hire to write it.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2018
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Highly Recommend for Estate Planning
I hired Forrest to do my will, powers of attorney, and health directive. He was prompt in arranging an introductory appointment, treated me with respect and courtesy, listened carefully, and gave me all the information I needed. All through the process he was prompt in responding and helpful. In addition, his fee for the package was reasonable. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2018
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Good experience
Forrest helped me with a pre-nuptial agreement and he was excellent. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, personable, and easy to work with. Forrest did a good job explaining everything to me as it was my first time working with a lawyer and you can tell that he really has his client's best interests in mind. Communication was excellent and easy and everything was done efficiently. I would recommend Forrest easily.
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Posted by Marc | February 10, 2018
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Get your will done here
Forrest Carlson is personable, knowledgeable, and fits our budget. My wife and I needed a simple will and it was done in a competent and timely fashion. An additional codicil was executed in a similar fashion. I would definitely go back to him again and have recommended him to several other people.
Posted by Rachel | May 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Easy to work with
Forest did estate planning with my husband and I as well as my elderly mother. He was so gentle and clear with my mother. My husband and I dragged our feet a bit and Forrest did the perfect amount of follow up to get us to finalize. We all felt extremely confident.
Posted by Lynn | February 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
From my experience working with Forrest as a client dealing with wills/probates/estates, this has been an excellent experience from the start. He is patient, caring, trustworthy, and knowledgeable about all aspects of Washington law. The majority of our work has been handled through phone and email, and his familiarity with legal technology and secure ways to conduct business out of state have saved me money and time. What makes him stand out is his ability to connect to a client, to make them feel like the most important person on his calendar, and communicating effectively and efficiently, always showing his commitment to ethical standards, trust, and going above and beyond in communication and guidance.
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Posted by Jacobus | November 10, 2016
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Outstanding Guidance for the Creation of a Simple Will
In this age of hit-or-miss, internet-based service selections, I scored a bullseye in choosing Forrest Carlson to design my Simple Will. Forrest is professional, punctual and highly knowledgeable in his specialty field of designing personally appropriate, simple wills, and I highly recommend his services. JJRA - Bellingham WA
Posted by Gabriel | April 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
In Good Hands
I retained Forrest to help me divide a 401K plan between myself and my ex-wife after our divorce. I am an attorney myself but wanted the job done right and I wanted to be free of the emotional entanglements that this type of case would involve. Forrest was calm, patient, and resourceful. He took what could have been a very complicated and emotionally trying ordeal and made it very easy. I could not recommend him higher. THANK YOU FORREST!
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Posted by Mark | June 9, 2014
Pleasant, professional with forward thinking perspectives
Forrest helped execute a full estate plan for my wife and I (Will, Healthcare directive, PoA, and PoA for Healthcare). Throughout the experience, including prior to the initial meeting, he was communicative about the details of the process. Once in initial consultation, he was attentive to our concerns and wishes, asked detailed and thorough questions, and was exceedingly professional. Each interaction with him was followed up with in a good level of detail, with Forrest always making himself available to answer further questions. And on the off chance that my wife and I forgot to contact him with necessary information, he would email polite reminders asking for the materials on a reasonable timescale. Beyond the courtesies and general professionalism, the documents produced through this interaction were clear, and carefully written. Certain details Forrest included in the documents are particularly forward thinking. This ranged from statements about the conditions in which they should be applied (as in the PoA, and Healthcare PoA), to well crafted and statements to alleviate the conscious of those acting as PoA or executing our Healthcare directives. With the combination of professional and conduct and forward thinking perspectives on law, Forrest is clearly a lawyer I will continue to trust and employ in the years to come.
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Posted by John | May 15, 2014
Excellent in every respect
I've hired Mr. Carlson for trademark registration and general work in corporate document updates and yearly corporate tasks. He is quick and thorough, with excellent communication and follow-through. He was especially good at making sure that I knew, before any payment was made, what my legal options were and how much each would cost, so there were no surprises. Mr. Carlson is also highly computer-literate. I have an online business and he quickly learned all of the moving parts and how the law would apply to them. I would (and will) absolutely use this attorney again, including for my personal will. From our discussions, it is clear that he is competent in a wide range of matters and does not hesitate to research any specific topic that he needs to understand more fully.
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Posted by Tara | February 10, 2014
Attorney to be noticed!
Mr. Carlson handled every moment with complete poise, intelligence with every curveball, and worked with my budget at the time. I had searched for over 5 months for the right attorney before a family member found him. Not one attorney worked with me the way that Mr. Carlson did. Every case has challenges, but I truly believe there is not one situation Forrest will not give his absolute best to. I do not write recommendations often, however, this professional deserves to be noticed and hired. I did in fact do well in my case but cases can be won and lost. You will be in fantastic hands!
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Posted by Susan | October 22, 2012
Knowlegeable and Professional
Forrest Carlson helped us through the process of our putting our wills together. We had no idea where to start, or what papers needed to be filled out, etc. Forrest walked us through each step of the process, he was patient and professional and we now have a very clear understanding of our estate plan. I shudder to think of what could have happened if anything happened to us before this plan was in place. We highly recommend Forrest, he has the knoweledge, the understanding, and the demeanor to help people will all of their legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2012
The perfect help navigating foreclosure and tenant rights
I rented a condo a few years ago only to have the owner foreclosed on. For months I tried to determine who the new owner was so that I could talk to them about my rental contract. I was just trying to do the right thing, but several banks and individuals contacted me claiming to be the owners, none of which could prove ownership. I was feeling pretty uncomfortable after talking to a few of these sketchy individuals, so I contacted Forrest for some help and he was AMAZING! He helped me understand my rights & options, as well as helping me avoid a few scams that came along. He also helped protect me from several liabilities, and all for a very reasonable price. His billing was always what we had agreed upon, and I was never surprised by any line-items. Additional Forrest was incredibly friendly, a fantastic communicator, and prompt in his responses and actions. I have never felt more at ease dealing with a lawyer. I’ve recommended him to family and friends for a wide variety of legal issues, and they’ve all been just as pleased as I am. THANKS FORREST!
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Posted by Peter | August 31, 2012
Landlord-Tenant Dispute
Forrest was referred to me through a lawyer referral website, and he did an excellent job of representing me when my landlord launched a lawsuit against me. Despite not being in the same country as me, Forrest worked hard to defend me and keep me informed of the process and of all the costs and consequences involved. At one point, when Forrest believed that a judge had made a legal error, Forrest launched an appeal on his own time and expense. Forrest could have strung the process along as long as possible in order to maximize his profits, but instead he gave me a frank appraisal of the situation and the risks involved and help develop a solution that minimized the cost in both time and money. While the whole situation was unpleasant, Forrest was always professional and understanding and was the only decent part of the whole affair. I would recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2012
Highly Misleading
I don't really know how much I'm allowed to disclose on here, but I will say I was compelled to write a review based on how strongly I feel this attorney does not have the capability to get what his client requests assistance with handled. Furthermore, in reference to my case specifically, he completely misinformed me regarding what the outcome of hiring him would be. I genuinely feel that I could have handled my case better on my own, in addition to saving myself some money as well.
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Response from Forrest Carlson December 11, 2012
Thank you for your honest feedback. It is very important that all of my clients are satisfied with the services I provide. I will give careful consideration to what you have written and continue to strive to communicate clearly with all of my clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Assemble Law Group, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Forrest Carlson
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Contract Associate
  • Law Offices of Robert M. Zoffel
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of William H. Taylor
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Central American University Law Clinic
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Seattle University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Washington Wills
  • Cofounder and Author
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association, Low Bono Section
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Practice of Law Board Work Group of the Washington State Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Low Bono Section Formation Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Grand Prize
  • Legal Tech San Francisco Startup Weekend
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Forrest
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Forrest is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to estate planning. He is the attorney that I recommend to potential clients seeking estate planning services and also someone that I got to when I need advice. In addition to being a great lawyer, Forrest is incredibly generous with his time, devoting much of it to mentoring new attorneys and to support a variety of worthwhile causes. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Internet Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is an honor to endorse this lawyer. Forrest has passion for making legal services accessible, and I've been consistently impressed by the tools and systems he builds to bring bold thinking to our profession, from an early effort to help attorneys share their forms, to his current practice."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Forrest through our shared interest in bettering the legal profession and helping clients resolve issues faster and cheaper. He is a phenomenal lawyer and a wonderful person to work with. His website is a tremendous resource that I have referred multiple people to. If you are looking for an attorney I would strongly suggest contacting Forrest."
Litigation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Forrest and I share a passion for figuring out how to bring law to the masses. And, to be completely honest, Forrest probably walks the walk better than I do. A tireless advocate for change in the legal system but also, and more importantly, for clients and their interests, I have no hesitation endorsing Forrest completely."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Forrest in law school where I considered him to be one of the smartest students in my class. I have now had the opportunity to work with Forrest in the field. Forrest and I have communicated about our cases together and I have always appreciated his input. I have also had the opportunity to be an opposing counsel to Forrest. In this instance, Forrest’s analysis was quick and accurate. In addition, he was a pleasure to work with and there was a real ease of communication. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Forrest or call him myself for advice. The clients I have referred to Forrest have been very happy with the services he provided. I fully endorse Forrest Carlson."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Forrest. Even as an attorney myself, I retained his services on a business matter and can say that he has a keen legal mind and astute attention to detail. I would not hesitate to recommend Forrest to anyone seeking representation in his practice areas."
Business Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Forrest is a professional and astute colleague of mine. He's someone I greatly respect and I always appreciate his input. His clients are well served by his diverse background and ever-patient demeanor, and he's someone I have no reservations about referring potential clients to."
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Seattle Real estate Lawyer Forrest Joseph Carlson
Forrest Joseph Carlson
Real estate Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years