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|Managing Partner||Northwest Elder Law Group PLLC||2005 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||N/A||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|King County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Section||N/A||N/A|
|University of Washington School of Law||Professional Mediation Skills Training||Certificate||2008|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Gerontology||Certificate||2000|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Pomona College (Claremont)||History||Bachelor's||1978|
|With a Little Help 2016 Annual Care Conference||Let's Talk About Senior Driving||2016|
|University of Washington School of Law Northwest Alternate Dispute Resolution Conference||The Mediator’s Expanding Role in Elder Law – Panel Discussion||2016|
|Horizon House Resident Education Series||Dealing with Family Conflict in Elder Care||2016|
|Edmonds Community College||Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Ten Ways to Simplify Your Legal Affairs||2016|
|Alzheimer's Association 2016 Discovery Conference||Caring for Persons with Demenita who Live Alone - Panel Discussion||2016|
|DSHS Challenges in Caregiving||Estate Planning Basics||2014|
|Alzheimer's Association Discovery Conference||Assessing Capacity from a Legal Perspective||2014|
Posted by Mary
I knew from my very first conversation, a five minute phone call, that Janet Smith had the answer to a grueling seven month battle to get coverage through my mother’s long term care insurance. Within that five minutes she gave me a list of practical steps to take. The advice was golden and it was free.
Prior to discovering Janet I had several brief conversations with three other attorney’s. Each was difficult to reach and none seemed to really listen to my problem or the solutions that had already failed. Janet listened and responded with advice that rang true for our situation within the first five minutes.
After I followed up on her advice, we formally met and planned the strategy. When her first letter (containing case study research) to the company did not generate the results we wanted, she persisted with several others, ultimately securing all of our demands.
I have never before hired an attorney. I felt intimated. The three gentlemen I previously contacted for advice reinforced my intimidation. Working with Janet felt like working with a trusted friend. I know I can turn to her if there are any other issues with this policy.