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Klaus Otto Snyder

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Administrative law Attorney at Sumner, WA

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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
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Sumner Law Center
15306 Main Street East
Suite B
Sumner, WA, 98390

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Posted by Charlie | May 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Damage Claim by Painting Customer
Klaus Snyder is an excellent lawyer and very knowledgeable in the contribution trades. I run a small painting business and we had a very difficult situation take place where an employee fell off a ladder and broke a sliding glass door. Turns out through a series of unfortunate events our business insurance has lapsed which was mainly the fault of mine. The customers we worked for became extremely hostile and hired an attorney and sued my company vs allowing us to amicably fix any issues free of charge to them. Klaus took on the case even though he’s obviously a busy guy and handles a lot of cases and was extremely professional and helped me through the whole process from start to finish. I was lucky to have representation as this was a case that other lawyers had shied away from based on my financial situation but Klaus went to bat for me and we worked together and mounted a good defense of my company and the results were far better than what would have resulted from no representation obviously. Klaus is very straight up and will tell you how it is and that’s a good quality as it helped me stay focused through a very difficult time for me and my family. I appreciate the excellent work!
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Posted by Med | March 20, 2017
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Run -do not walk - from his office
Was not prepared for court date. Lost my case. Had to get another lawyer to fix his mess. Klaus took the product of that work to help another client and never compensated me for that. In fact, he sued me for the balance of bill. Why are the other reviews only 1 star? I do not think he deserves that much. Frankly, I am surprised he is still in business!
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Posted by Leah | February 24, 2017
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Avoid at all costs. You will regret it.
He was the lawyer my parents hired to write up their Will and Trust because it was a pretty complex estate with some very specific instructions on the dividing of assets to certain family members. My parents died a few years ago, and and he did not finish the Will and Trust to their wishes. I was named executor because my three older brothers were too incompetent to handle the matters on their own. For four years now, there's been so many things that he gave me bad advice on, and all of it has fallen on my shoulders. My house was in my parents' name and it was supposed to be transferred into my name at their deaths; but Klaus neglected to include that into the Will and Trust. Now I'm going to lose it. Usually he would insist that we meet up for face to face meetings at $350 an hour. I asked multiple times if I could record our conversations to ensure that I was really clear on what's being said, and he always would refuse. On top of it all, I was so overwhelmed with everything and he really took advantage of that. Most of our correspondence would be either face-to-face, or over the phone. He would bully and threaten me anytime I questioned him about whether or not something was correct. There were also many times when he would talk and talk for hours and charge the estate thousands of dollars, and I would still walk out of there with the same questions as when I contacted him. Not to mention the huge breach in trust because he sells vitamins on the side with one of those multilevel marketing programs and would hawk them to me. When I stopped buying them from him, he became more and more hostile towards me.
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Posted by Cynthia | April 11, 2014
Short plat of property
I hired Klaus to redo the Road Maintenance Agreement on our 5 acre parcel which our home is on. Klaus was requested to basically incorporate the two new lots from the short plat into the RMA giving my home easement crossing over the two new lots we created in the short plat. I had the legal descriptions from the Surveyor and only needed them to be added into the RMA. A cost and timeframe was given to me after the consultation meeting, but after 3 months I had nothing, phone calls ignored and I was put on "ignore". His lack of timeliness held up my short plot approval with the City and I ended up retrieving my documents from his law firm and typed them all myself but of course I got a bill from Snyder of $600 plus for nothing.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2008
$45,000.00 for easement that was never obtained
We hired Mr. Snyder to obtain an easement for property that we purchased. Mr. Snyder estimated it would cost approximately $8000.00 to obtain the easement. Mr. Snyder decided to file a lawsuit to resend the purchase, thus forcing the sellers, the seller’s realtor and broker, our realtor and broker to obtain the easement. Instead, all of the defendants filed a counter suit. Mr. Snyder neglected to advise us before filing the suit, that we could be liable for counter claims filed by the defendants, thus leaving us liable for 5 defendant’s attorney fees. The defendants filed for a summary judgment and Mr. Snyder lost the case. We were very lucky that we only ended up being responsible for seller’s attorney fees over $18,000.00. Mr. Snyder’s fees exceeded $27,000.00 and we still did not have an easement to our property. Mr. Snyder had a surveyor research 3 roads listed on a deed showing there was no legal access to the property. This cost $1100.00 to find out that the surveyor could not find the three roads listed. This deed was for a proposed highway that was going to be located on the opposite side of our property. The proposed highway was scrapped by the state of Washington and never built. No wonder the surveyor could not find these three roads, they never existed. We found a Real Estate consultant who agreed to look at our paper work to see if an easement would be obtainable for our property. After reviewing our paperwork, the Consultant found that the title company did not transfer the true legal description for our property. The Escrow Company forged our signatures on the tax affidavit. The consultant had the titles true legal description corrected showing that we did own the property under the railroad easement and highway. He had the seller’s attorney file a quick claim deed along with a corrected tax affidavit for the property. Our consultant then contacted Tacoma Rail and the person in charge of the Railroad Right of way to obtain a crossing permit application. Our consultant received verbal approval from the Tacoma Rail for the easement until the crossing application completed and was returned to Tacoma Rail. We completed the application and it is currently at Tacoma Rail for approval. The consultant's charges to date are under $2000.00.
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
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Sumner Administrative law Lawyer Klaus Otto Snyder
Klaus Otto Snyder
Administrative law Attorney
Sumner, WA
Licensed for 37 years