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Sarah Elizabeth Hovland

Family Attorney at Tukwila, WA

4.8   44 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sarah

Learn Sarah’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Family
    100%
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Domestic Violence, LGBTQIA+ Family Law, Divorce/Separation, Parenting Plan, Child Support, Establishment/Disestablishment of Parentage, Modification of Parenting Plans/ Child Support, Relocation.

    13 years

Location

Washington Family Law Group, PLLC
16000 Christensen Road
Suite 304
Tukwila, WA, 98188

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  44 customer reviews
Posted by Ricky | April 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Divorce Lawyer - Highly Recommended!
I cannot express enough gratitude for the outstanding legal representation provided by Sarah Hovland. From the initial consultation to the final judgment, her responsiveness, knowledge, and professionalism were exceptional. Sarah not only set realistic expectations but also ensured that I understood every step of the process. Her expertise in mediation was evident as she navigated negotiations with finesse, always advocating for my best interests. What truly sets Sarah apart is her ability to push during mediation in the right ways, striving for fair and equitable outcomes. Thanks to her diligence and dedication, I received a judgment that exceeded my expectations. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Sarah to anyone seeking a divorce lawyer who is not only competent but also compassionate and committed to achieving the best possible results for her clients.
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Response from Sarah Hovland April 30, 2024
Thank you, Ricky. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Jayme | April 19, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Sarah Hovland
Ms. Hovland is an excellent lawyer. I was very fortunate to have her and her staff help me in navigating my divorce. I highly recommend her.
Response from Sarah Hovland April 20, 2024
Thank you, Jayme, it was great working with you.
Posted by Mark | February 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
Sara was amazing and her staff members Maria and Linda were professional, patient and kind while they assisted me in understanding my situation. Sara took the time to evaluate and find me a solution even when I did not think I had one, and explained the courts perspective on the situation. Her prices were reasonable and worth every cent If I ever need help again I will absolutely hire her again.
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Response from Sarah Hovland March 4, 2024
Thank you, Mark, it was our pleasure to help.
Posted by Todd | February 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
She's amazing
Sarah was amazing, she made everything feel so easy, answered all my questions and made sure I understood all my options. She is so patient even after repeated and rapid changes in paperwork. She took all the stress off of me and takes the time you need and never made me feel rushed or unsure. I really can't say enough about about her just know she will take care of you.
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Response from Sarah Hovland February 2, 2024
Thank you, Todd. It was great working with you, so glad I could help.
Posted by Bryn | January 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Communicative and Compassionate Attorney
Sarah helped me navigate my divorce and made the entire process easy to understand, especially when I was feeling overwhelmed or had questions about legal proceedings. She responded to all my communication quickly and provided clear answers. I appreciated her honesty, integrity, thoroughness, and compassion. If I ever find myself needing a family lawyer again, I will absolutely reach back out to Sarah for her services.
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Response from Sarah Hovland January 30, 2024
Thank you, Bryn, it was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Justin | February 8, 2023
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Amazing lawyer
Sarah is an amazing lawyer she is hard working and dedicated and does not miss. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that needs a family lawyer
Response from Sarah Hovland February 9, 2023
Thank you, Justin.
Posted by Wendy | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10/10 would recommend
I hired Sarah for what I thought would be a fairly simple straightforward divorce. It turned out to be not so simple, but Sarah helped me navigate the process. She was kind, knowledgeable and helpful. I always felt like she had my back. I hope I don't need another lawyer again, anytime soon, but if I do, I'll be calling Sarah Hovland.
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Response from Sarah Hovland February 9, 2023
Thank you Wendy.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Effective and impactful Lawyer
Sarah responded to all my questions with informed responses and within an appropriate time. She also didn't make me feel that she was in this for money (like most lawyers ive come across) and felt she has a genuine desire to help.
Posted by Maria | October 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful and caring
Sarah was a godsend and made everything so simple and so smooth. This is my second divorce and this was so much easier with her help. Sarah was knowledgeable and gave me great advice she helped walk me through all the steps and helped me understand. She was very responsive whenever I had a question. Highly recommend her she will be on your side and help you out in your time of need.
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Response from Sarah Hovland October 25, 2021
Thank you Maria.
Posted by Loren | August 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
Sarah was absolutely great,she made me feel comfortable during the most difficult time in my life, my wife of 25 years left me completely confused and dazed,thankfully Sarah Guided me through my divorce,she was always attentive,and any questions I had she was right there every step of the way. I can't thank her and her associates enough for being so courteous and professional.
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Response from Sarah Hovland August 4, 2021
Thank you Loren
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2021
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Review
Sarah represented me through my high conflict military divorce during the pandemic. She was on top of everything, explained the process, helped me navigate. I am very pleased with the outcome of my divorce and her work on my case. I highly recommend Sarah!
Response from Sarah Hovland August 4, 2021
Thank you
Posted by Aaron | July 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Sarah is the best
Sarah help me get full custody of my daughter. And for a guy that is very difficult.She went into court with both guns blazing (fugue of speech). Sarah got me everything that I wanted plus more. I couldn’t avast for a better lawyer And if I ever need a lawyer services again. She will be the first one I’ll call. Thank you Sarah I couldn’t have done it without you, you are amazing. And now my family is safe and happy
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Response from Sarah Hovland August 4, 2021
Thank you Aaron, glad to help
Posted by Linsi | June 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expect excellent representation!
I absolutely recommend Sarah Hovland for representation. She was my attorney for my divorce. Sarah is thorough, thoughtful (when receiving information and in her responses), and trustworthy. She is the strong advocate you need, especially when she has been given all the information relevant to the case. I was so impressed during mediation and in court, she’s all business. She will not waste yours or anyone else’s time.
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Response from Sarah Hovland June 19, 2020
Thank you Linsi.
Posted by Paige | June 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Made a divorce go much easier
When I hired Sarah, I was a crazy basket case. She was reassuring and helped me reach a fair settlement that I felt good about. When she walked me through my final documents, she pointed out things that I would have never thought about. I felt safe.
Response from Sarah Hovland June 5, 2020
Thank you Paige.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Delivered Results Above and Beyond in an Incredibly Contentious Case
I retained Sarah in October of 2017, to deal with a lengthy case that spanned over 8 years. She came highly recommended from my previous attorney who left Family Law. My case included all areas of Sarah's expertise (Family, Child Support and Domestic Violence). It was complicated. It was lengthy (a judge mentioned there were over 400 motions over the years). It was contentious. It demanded timely responses. It required a finesse that only Sarah, I am convinced, could navigate so professionally. I was nervous with a new attorney coming in to such a situation. My son is my world, and my ex was savvy and relentless. The stakes were very high. Sarah was able to calm my nerves, speak to me in a way that was clearly understood (despite the law lingo that can feel utterly overwhelming), minimize my emotional reactions with guided and effective responses, and meet me where I was at every step of the way. I knew exactly what I needed to do and when. I knew what to expect (both positive and potential negative). I knew I had a fighter sitting next to me that was there for me, but MOST importantly, for my son. This is who you want at the table with you during the difficult time of divorce. This is who you want at the table during mediation (if offered). This is who you want at the table at trial. Sarah GETS IT. She knows the law inside and out, up and down, front to back. Sarah's knowledge and presence gave me confidence time and time again. She never wavered, nor was rattled, nor thrown off course by sudden filings or unexpected challenges. She is consistent. Thorough. Effective. She fights for her client like nobody I had seen in all the years I had been pulled into legal battle after legal battle with my ex-husband. Sarah brought resolution to my case that was above and beyond what either of us expected. The outcome of the 2 plus years we had together was a gift I could NEVER have envisioned. Sarah was able to convey all that I had experienced over the years to a judge who listened intently and showed respect right back to her. The judge, in turn, put a parenting plan in to place that was nearly exactly what we were seeking. It had strong structure with accountability, safety protections for me and my son, language that reflected the severity of all the abuses, and partial legal fees were even ordered to be paid by the other party. As TOUGH as this time in my life was, I would NEVER have wanted to do it without Sarah. If you are seeking an attorney that will prioritize your family, will respect you as a client, will be honest and straightforward, even when it's hard, will guide you every step of the way, will communicate in a timely manner, and will exhaust all avenues to maintain the best interest of her clients and their family, then hire Sarah. Attorneys like Sarah deserve credit. Family Law is not easy, and she is-hands down-meant for Family Law, and guiding and fighting for those who find themselves within the often chaotic and highly emotional time of separation and divorce.
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Posted by James | January 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Good advice when I needed it
Sarah helped navigate the murky waters of my divorce over the course of last year. Along the way I had so many questions about what I should and shouldn’t do, and how I should phrase all correspondence sent to my spouse. She answered my emails and phone calls quickly and reminded me along the way to remain civil and calm. It was as good an experience as I could have hoped for, and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Response from Sarah Hovland January 9, 2019
Thank you James.
Posted by Lisa | November 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A client-focused and very competent attorney
Sarah was clearly familiar with the process, was thorough in doing her research, was well prepared and prepared us also in our fight to prevent renewal of an order of protection. Her advice and education for us were invaluable. She helped us understand and focus on the purpose of the upcoming hearing, allowing us to provide her with effective information. On the day of the hearing, she did more than act as legal counsel. She recognized our distress in waiting for proceedings to begin and appropriately engaged us in conversation, so we entered the hearing more relaxed. During the hearing, Sarah succinctly argued the many facets of our case, including referencing applicable case law. She readily rebutted each point made by our opponent. Ultimately the commissioner found in our favor. She clearly sees her role as more than just a job; her focus was not just the case but on us as her clients. Thank you so very much, Sarah.
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Response from Sarah Hovland November 21, 2018
Thank you Lisa
Posted by Juan | May 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good divorce lawyer with ethics
Sarah has been guiding me through my divorce process and has done an excellent job. She demonstrated that has a deep knowledge of the law and was well prepared during the entire process. She helped me to remain calm and provided good advice for most of my lengthy divorce even when the other party had absurd demands. The only thing she needed, was to respond faster to the emails and questions I sent her. It is refreshing to see a lawyer that cares about what is best for her client. Great lawyer and a good person.
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Posted by Roz | April 9, 2018
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Strongly recommended
Sarah helped guide and advise me through one of the most difficult chapters of my life. She is very firm and no nonsense. In these situations, that's whats called for. She helped me escape a bad situation. I have a life, again. My life. I have nothing but a positive future to continue building. It was a long and hard journey. I am so thankful to be on the other side. Thank you for helping me through!
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Response from Sarah Hovland April 10, 2018
Thank you Roz.
Posted by Barbel | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help with my divorce case
My lawyer guided me through a very challenging time in my life when I was going through my divorce. She worked hard and explained every step of the way what was going on so I could understand the process. I was very happy with her work.
Response from Sarah Hovland February 1, 2018
Thank you Barbel.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Washington Family Law Group, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Redford Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Irish Business and Employers Confederation
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • University Legal Assistance
  • 2006 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Warwick School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2009
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • 2011
  • Graduated with Distinction
  • University of Warwick School of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's Academic Honor List
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (9)
Endorse Sarah
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sarah was a great opposing counsel. She was very reasonable but firm, always strongly advocated for her client, always prepared and prompt."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I absolutely endorse Sarah. She is always prepared, always attentive to her client's needs, and she puts in the extra effort that doesn't go unnoticed by those fortunate enough to have her represent them."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Sarah is phenomenal lawyer who truly cares about her clients. She's a fighter. It is clear that she prides herself on not only achieving the best possible results for her clients but doing so in the most cost-effective way. It would be impossible for me to give her a stronger endorsement."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is very knowledgeable in the area of family law, and dedicated to provide the best representation to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is a skilled family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is a good lawyer and a great person. She is the right fit for anyone going through a divorce"
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
""Exceptional!" That is how I would describe Sarah. I cannot count the number of times I have heard Sarah argue in open court and I am repetitively impressed by her poise, dictation, knowledge of the law and advocacy for her clients. If you are looking for strong, dedicated legal representation you will not be disappointed working with Ms. Hovland."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is a brilliant and hard working attorney. She shows great care and consideration for her clients. Sarah has excellent insight into the law and is a strong advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tukwila Family Lawyer Sarah Elizabeth Hovland
Sarah Elizabeth Hovland
Family Attorney
Tukwila, WA
Licensed for 13 years