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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee||N/A||2016 - Present|
|American Inns of Court||Master Barrister||2000 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|Washington Association of Professional Guardians||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Professional Guardians||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Special District Counsel||1999 - 2004|
|Washington State Bar Association||Special District Counsel||1990 - 1993|
|Stetson University College of Law||Elder Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2013|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Montana-Missoula||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|WSBA - The Guardianship Institute||Special Issues in Representing Professional Guardians and Trustees||2007|
|Washington State Professional Guardian Seminar||Guardianship Issues||2007|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section||What Steps to Take When You have an Incapacitated Client||2007|
|Annual Fall Elder Law Conference||Challenges of Applying Substituted Judgment as Opposed to the Best Interest Standard in a Guardianship||2007|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Death & Dying Issues||2006|
|5th Annual Guardianship Seminar||Real Estate||2006|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Guardianship Issues (Moderator)||2005|
|Washington State Bar Association||Establishing, Managing, and Terminating a Special Needs Trust (Panel Speaker)||2004|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Competency, Capacity, and Insanity||2004|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Guardianship Issues (Moderator)||2004|
|Washington State Bar Association||Vulnerable Adults, Civil Perspective||2003|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Personal Injury Settlements, Trusts, and Ethics (Moderator and Speaker)||2003|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Representing Incapacitated Persons in a Dissolution Action||2003|
|Real Estate Sales and Ethics Panel||Real Estate Sales and Ethics||2002|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Guardianship And Related Issues, Code Verses No Code Issues, How Does One Determine What Code To Establish For A Client?||2001|
|Guardianship Committee||Real Life Issues and Cases, Panel Discussion||2000|
|Tacoma Young Lawyers Computer Seminar||Computer Seminar||1999|
|Tacoma Young Lawyers||Computer Seminar||1999|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Civil Discovery||1999|
|Guardianship Committee||What Happens After A Guardianship Is Entered?||1999|
|Bar Convention||Taking Stock Or Stocking Up, Y2K||1999|
|Washington State Bar Association||Community Property Agreements, Durable Powers of Attorney and Changing Wills||1998|
|Less Restricitve Alternatives to Guardianship Committee||Who Is Your Client||1998|
Posted by Nancy
After having tried unsuccessfully to handle this disagreement without an attorney, I was fortunate that Robin Balsam was recommended to help me. Not only is she very familiar with probate law, but she also knew well the opposing attorney - with whom I had had negative experiences. This was a small case, so I greatly appreciated Ms. Balsam’s taking it on and giving it her immediate attention. My stress level was significantly reduced as there was peace-of-mind knowing that someone exceptionally knowledgeable was looking out for my best interest. It required almost a year before the case was settled. Throughout this time, Ms. Balsam kept me apprised of the status and each month I received a detailed accounting/time report. Lastly, the settlement check was mailed shortly after the documents were finalized. Yes, I highly recommend Ms. Robin Balsam . . . I promise you will sleep better.
Posted by Drew
I retained Robin Balsam in June of 2013 to assist me in dealing with my aging mother and her irrevocable trust, of which I am a beneficiary. My mother was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia which progressively got worse. I came across evidence that the assets in the trust were being misused, to the benefit of third parties. Robin sent letters and provided information to my mother and my estranged sister (who had power of attorney for my mother and is the executor of her estate). For over a year she provided me with professional advice and counsel, bot legal and with respect to dealing with my mother and sister in the most productive way possible. She also helped identify and quantify trust assets. She was always professional, responsive and courteous. Her efforts I believe stopped the misuse of the trust assets. My mother recently passed away, and as a result of Robin's efforts and advice, the trust and my mother's estate is I believe being settled correctly.
Robin managed to do all this even though she, my mother and sister are in Washington and I am in New Hampshire. We worked via phone and email, and occasionally met in person when I was in Washington to see my mother.
Robin's billing was always fair and accurate.
I had no negative experiences at all with Robin so have nothing to mention in the way of constructive criticism.
I highly recommend Robin to anyone who needs legal assistance in her areas of expertise.
Posted by Amanda A.
Robin Balsam is extremely intelligent and well-versed, yet she possesses great patience and is warm and likeable. I would trust her with any matter at hand. She represented me for over a decade in a complex family matter with some pretty hostile characters involved. She was able to cut through their games and focus on the most important things, even though I was rather emotional about what was going on at the time. She has a sense of humor as well. She was supportive of me legally and emotionally and I will never forget all that she did for me. I am STILL reaping the life benefits of her past work on behalf of my family.