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Sarah Grace O'Farrell McCarthy

Estate planning Attorney at Clinton, WA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Sarah O. McCarthy, Sarah O'Farrell McCarthy

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 10 years
    California - CA 13 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Sarah

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I see law as a healing profession, on a similar level to medicine. Attorneys, at their best, are both healers and teachers. I love that the practice of law gives me a diverse set of tools for helping individuals and familiies to achieve resolution to the troubles that keep them awake in the night, and ultimately, to help them find peace. There are generally always some bumps along the path to peace.  But I am there to provide direction, advocacy, and support. 

Location

Kelly, Arndt & Walker, PLLP
PO Box 290
6443 Harding Avenue
Clinton, WA, 98236

Reviews

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Posted by Tamara | March 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Sarah was not only thorough, she was also very easy to work with. She listens well and asks pertinent questions. My husband and I had her update our old wills and POA's. Our experience with her was so positive I suggested to my 98 yr old mother (who had been looking for someone to update her will) that she meet Sarah. My mom was treated with courtesy and respect. She appreciated the explanations given and chose Sarah to update her will. All of us feel that her work was exceptional and an excellent value.
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Posted by Marilyn | December 5, 2023
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Thorough, competent, delightful to work with!
We have worked with Sarah since 2017 on our Trust, Wills, Health Care Directives, and Power of Attorney. We just updated all of these documents. She is wonderful to work with and had suggestions when I was confused about a few things. Highly recommend!!
Posted by Charles | November 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Mister
I found Sarah McCarthy from a referral of a retired Lawyer who lives down the way. We were very pleased with her and we found her very efficient and friendly to work with. My referring lawyer said " She does all my work", We say the same,"She will do all our work also" Thank you.
Posted by Susan | October 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Patient Expertise Personified
Sarah O’Farrell McCarthy is awesome to work with. Over the past several years, my husband and I worked with Sarah to update our Wills and other estate planning documents. She also has helped me work through some thorny family LLC issues. Sarah listens well to questions and objectives and provides knowledgeable guidance and options. She showed amazing patience as my husband and I developed a unique approach for future distribution of our estate. This required numerous revisions to our draft wills as our thinking was refined to best meet our goals. We are very happy with the result. We recommend Sarah without reservation.
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Posted by Janet | June 10, 2023
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perfect fit
Recommended to me by a close friend, I was so pleased that Sarah was so easy to work through something that was so difficult for me, my mother's trust. She always explained every detail of the choices, what to expect, and understood what I needed handled. She is so pleasant and concise and knowledgeable. It was a joy to sail through this.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2022
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Clear and Compassionate
Sarah helped us with viewing and sorting out the complexity of our recently changed situation. I especially appreciated her suggestion that we write a personal letter to each heir to include with our wills.
Posted by Lisa | December 5, 2021
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Stress-free and Professional
Sarah did a very thorough and comprehensive job with our will. I was dreading the whole thing but she is professional and easy to work with that it made it a pleasure.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
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Sarah McCarthy
She did a very thorough and comprehensive job restating my Will and Special Needs Trust.
Posted by Karen | March 11, 2021
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Attorney
Sarah has worked for me twice during the last two years. Both times were to make changes to my will. She did an excellent job and is very easy to work with.
Posted by Suzanne | November 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
For two years Ms. McCarthy helped me and my family with family legal matters, and Estate planning. She was so very helpful, and provided so much assistance, I can’t thank her enough.
Posted by Julie | November 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A wonderful attorney to help you with your will!
Sarah is not only extremely competent and knowledgable, but she is also incredibly patient with first-timers like myself. Sarah was very generous with her time, very clear in her communications, and very willing to go through a plethora of drafts as my husband and I finally figured out what we wanted to do with our estate. Sarah is the best; I have no negative things to say about her at all, just admiration and appreciation for a job VERY well done!
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Posted by Jeannie | May 14, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer for Probate/Estate
Sarah was my lawyer during a complicated and lengthy probate. She walked me through the legal procedure and explained my options throughout the entire process. Her grasp of the process and laws, combined with her thorough explanations, removed so much of the stress I was carrying. Being the perfect blend of being approachable, knowledgeable, and capable, she provided the rock-solid legal help I needed to close out a loved one’s estate. I recommend her to anyone needed legal assistance with a probate or estate.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-285 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kelly Arndt & Walker
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kelly, Arndt & Walker, PLLP
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Anderson Hunter Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Clerk to the Hon. Mary Kay Becker
  • Washington State Court Of Appeals, Div. 1
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney Advisor to Hon. Jennifer Gee, District Chief Judge
  • U.S. Department Of Labor Office Of Administrative Law Judges
  • 2009 - 2011
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Education

  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Whitman College
  • BA Summa Cum Laude
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sales of real estate out of guardianship
  • Successfully obtained all three court orders which authorized the sale to the desired purchaser.
  • Negotiated settlement of overtime claim on behalf of plaintiff/employee
  • Successfully settled case after mediation to the satisfaction of my client
  • Dozens of Successful Petitions to Establish Guardianships for Incapacitated Adults
  • Obtained court Orders in all cases establishing Guardianships upon the terms desired by my clients.
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Associations

  • Society of Human Resources Management
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Stanford Law School
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Special Meeting of the Everett Public Facilities District
  • Washington's Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act
  • 2017
  • Special Meeting of the Everett Public Facilities District
  • Washington's Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act
  • 2016
  • Snohomish County Human Resources Association Annual Legal Update
  • Washington and Ninth Circuit Employment and HR Law Updates - 2016
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah is a terrific legal writer and researcher. I have the opportunity to read her briefs and am constantly impressed with her command of the subject matter and persuasiveness. She is a bright and talented attorney."

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Clinton Estate planning Lawyer Sarah Grace O'Farrell McCarthy
Sarah Grace O'Farrell McCarthy
Estate planning Attorney
Clinton, WA
Licensed for 13 years