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Michael T. Smith advises individuals and companies of all types and sizes regarding the proper formation and structure of a business entity (corporation, limited liability company, etc.), their general business and corporate matters, issues related to the purchase or sale or lease of real property and transactions to purchase or sell their business.

Michael also focuses his practice on assisting people prepare their estate plan, including wills, trusts, community property agreements, durable powers of attorney, health care directives, and helping families navigate and administer a loved one's estate in probate proceedings. Michael can also assist with guardianship proceedings for loved ones needing assistance.

In addition, Michael has 7 years of experience helping new and used motor vehicle dealers deal with both manufacturers and the government agencies responsible for dealership oversight.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Probate: 15%
  4. Guardianship: 10%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



Hourly ($200-225/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John E Wallace

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Michael for years. He is a good attorney and works hard for his clients.


    John Wallace Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeremy Adam Johnston

    I have recommended and hired Michael Smith to prepare Special Needs Trusts for my personal injury clients. He did quality work. I highly recommend him for any matters related to trusts and estate work.


    Jeremy Johnston Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Tuell & Young, PS

1457 South Union Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98405-1951


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2013
Leadership Program Certificate of CompletionTacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce / PLU2010
Mergers & AcquisitionCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2006
Real EstateCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2006
Legal WritingCALI Excellence for the Future Awards2004
Metzger Legal Writing Scholarship AwardSeattle University School of Law2004
Presidential AwardSeattle University School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTuell & Young, PS2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyDavies Pearson, PC2007 - 2013
Legal InternDavies Pearson, P.C.2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Young Professionals NetworkMember2011 - Present
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsDirector2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington Young Lawyers DivisionMemberN/A
Tacoma OperaTreasurer2008 - 2011
National Association of Dealer CounselFellow2007 - 2013
Tacoma OperaBoard Member2007 - 2012
Honorable Ronald Culpepper, Pierce County Superior CourtLaw Clerk2004 - 2004
Honorable John McCarthy, Pierce County Superior CourtLaw Clerk2004 - 2004
Seattle Journal for Social JusticeStaff Member2004 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Davies Pearson Automotive Dealer Update PublicationVarious Articles Addressing Issues Important to Motor Vehicle DealersN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
George Washington Universitymagna cum laudeBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Small Business Week Speaker SeriesTop 10 Legal Issues Small Business Owners Face2016
Small Business WorkshopThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2015
Small Business WorkshopStarting Your Own Business - Entity Selection2015
Creative Enterprises TrainingBusiness Permits, Copyrights, and Trademarks2015
Small Business WorkshopSelecting a Business Entity Structure2014
Small Business WorkshopThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2014
MeetupEstate Planning for Parents2014
Job + Business Center - Free Business WorkshopsSelecting a Business Entity Structure2014
Job + Business Center - Free Business WorkshopsThe Basics of Contracts for Small Business Owners2014
Are You and Your Family Prepared?Estate Planning for Families2014
Small Business WorkshopStarting Your Business - Common Legal Issues2013
Recent Developments in Estate Planning and AdministrationNuts and Bolts of Estate Planning2013
WSADA's Webinar TrainingsTop Legal Reminders for Auto Dealers2012
WSADA Title Clerk WorkshopDealer Compliance2011
Boeing EmployeesProbate and Estate Planning More Than Just a Will2010
Boeing EmployeesProbate and Estate Planning2009