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Arlene Joe

Guardianship Attorney at University Place, WA

4.9   58 reviews

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About Arlene

Learn Arleneā€™s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Guardianship
    50%
    Representation on guardianship appointments. Assistance in annual/triennial guardian reporting requirements.

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, simple ways to avoid probate.

  3. Probate
    20%
    Representation on opening and managing probate. Serving as professional representative.

Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 03/18/2023

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

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Law Office of Arlene Joe
5705 78th Avenue Ct W
University Place, WA, 98467-3984

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  58 customer reviews
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Posted by Loree | August 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Revocable trust and new will
Arlene took care of all our needs and explained very clearly just what had to be accomplished. Very thorough and helpful
Posted by Kayla | July 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
We loved working with Arlene! She was so welcoming when we came to her home office and always kept an open line of communication. The guardianship process was a breeze and she really works with a high level of integrity.
Posted by Kathy | July 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent understanding, knowledge, intuition and service
Arlene Joe addressed my unique guardianship needs with great expertise. Given the background and my request for guardianship for a disabled family member, she was able to quickly access all of the needed legal information through the court system and quickly complete the needed documents to complete the process. I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Kelley | June 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best
I hired Arlene to acquire guardian of my Mom, who was in a dementia facility. My Dad passed away and left a difficult situation as he had made a mess of their affairs shortly before he passed. Arlene acted quickly with her knowledge and experience to ensure I could act on my Mom's behalf as soon as possible. She was always available to guide me through every step during such an extremely stressful, emotional time for me. I couldn't be more grateful to have worked with Arlene. Her knowledge, experience, professionalism, and most of all, her honesty and integrity is a true blessing to me! She is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What money can't buy
Arlene called me the next day, was understanding, referred me to other attorneys since she can't take new clients, gave me hope and peace of mind. Just had to leave it in God's hands that she wasn't able to work with me.
Posted by Abraham | March 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful lawyer!
Ms. Arlene represented my family, helping us to get guardianship of our adult child with special needs. She explained everything to us and guided us through the process. We highly recommend Ms. Arlene Joe!
Posted by Joan | February 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Ms. Arlene Joe as a family law attorney. I live in another state and had to initiate and process a complex family guardianship case in Washington State. Ms. Joe guided me through the court processes of formalizing the guardianship of the Estate and Person, setting up a Special Needs Trust and ensuring the bank account to administer the SNT was set up according to law and IRS regulations. Ms. Joe is a knowledgeable, professional who is always concerned about what is best for her client, and was extremely responsive to my questions and concerns. I highly recommend her as a knowledgeable and caring legal professional.
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Posted by Dianna | December 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and efficient Lawyer!
I hired Arlene Joe to go through the probate process for my father's estate. She explained the legalities clearly, was efficient, conscious of my time, readily available and a woman of integrity!
Posted by Ron | December 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
She completed all of my estate planning in a timely matter and to my satisfaction.
Posted by Melanie C. | November 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Estate Lawyer plus more!
Arlene is a blessing when our family needed help with the probate of my husband's estate. She clearly explained the process, fees, what she can offer to help and what she can not do. She thoroughy walked me through the process and I appreciated that she also offered suggestions of what I can do to avoid extra lawyer fees. The follow ups were consistent and flexible. Arlene is caring, compassionate, and understanding yet firm with what needs to be done in a timely manner. She went extra miles for my family. I love her wisdom and compassion which was a blessing during our difficult time. Arlene was very pleasant to work with and sincere with her desire to help. I HIGHLY recommend Arlene!!
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Posted by Molly | November 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended for the guardianship process!
Not only is Arlene knowledgeable, she is also compassionate, kind, and honest. She took out my fear of going to court.
Posted by Michael | November 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best!
I hired Arlene not only because of her familiarity and knowledge of our guardianship case, but mostly because of her sincerity and apparent concern for our best interest. She is kind, gracious and professional. Simply put, she's the best!
Posted by Jackie | October 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Arlene
Arlene helped me probate my wife's will. She clearly explained the process and the fees. She walked me through each step. She provided consistent follow ups. All of this was done with deep compassion. She made an arduous task very doable. I will soon be consulting her about my new will and power of attorney.
Posted by Barbara | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Arlene Joe
Arlene began working with my sister and I during a very difficult time in our lives. We were applying for guardianship of our elderly and ill father. Arlene was available any time we needed to consult with her, she represented us through court proceedings while always being patient and compassionate. Arlene is prompt, knowledgeable, efficient, and very through. Our father passed away shortly after we were awarded guardianship and again Arlene was available and has been with us through the entire Estate process. She has always been professional, caring and considerate. We are coming to the end of our legal relationship but our family will always be grateful for her legal assistance, and compassion she made a difficult time for us a lot less stressful.
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Posted by Henry | September 15, 2017
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Arlene was just wonderful.
I had been working with another firm which seemed to frustrate me as it seemed difficult to get things moving forward in closing my mother's estate. A friend suggested I use this site to search for a lawyer who better suited my needs. After reading the reviews I was very fortunate to find Arlene. It was like night and day how she was able to explain each step. She demonstrated to me her skill, knowledge and most importantly her empathy in our shared mission. Both my mother and father did not leave a will so it was a bit of a mess to navigate and get my head around. Arlene was a real pro and I am now so relieved to have resolved my parent's affairs. My highest recommendation to her and her services. I will be using her services again to get my own family's affairs in order having learned a valuable lesson in all this. An excellent, honest, and trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by Pauline | August 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney.
Knowledgeable about guardianship court documents. Helped me find other resources and referred me. Made the process so much easier .
Posted by Joel | July 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
An excellent experience from start to finish. Arlene Joe prepared our Estate documents and helped us through the process, step by step. Flawlessly. She was very informative and knowledgable in answering all of our questions. We would definitely recommend Arlene Joe to any of our friends or family in need of estate planning. Arlene Joe is not only a great lawyer, she is also a great person.
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Posted by Lew Humiston | May 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
How it should be
I hired Arlene to represent me in a guardianship case. Everything was done timely and professionally. She was by-my side all-the way. I would not hesitate to hire her again in the future or recommend her to anyone needing legal counsel.
Posted by Wendy Buchanan | April 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Arlene Jo
Arlene is one of the most efficient and professional individuals I have had the privilege of working with. She always returned calls or emails within a very short time. Her level of experience was extremely helpful and made it easy to understand the legal procedures I had to deal with. I would refer her to others with the highest level of confidence and assurance that they too, would be more then pleased with her work and professionalism.
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Posted by Pamela | February 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Personalized service!
Arlene is very quick to respond and always professional. She is also compassionate and understands the complexities of family relationships. She's a wonderful attorney and human being!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Friends of the Law Library
  • 2019 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • North West Immigrant Rights Project
  • 2017 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Puyallup Tribal Health Center
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Arlene Joe
  • 2005 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Extended Foster Care Program
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Pro Tem Settlement Conference Judge
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Friend
  • Friends of the Law Library
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Tacoma Community College
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Program Coordinator
  • WA State Dept of Public Health
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Board Member
  • Washington State Public Health Association
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 2004
  • San Jose State University
  • MPH - Public Health
  • 1978
  • University of CA, Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • Tacoma Community College Paralegal Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Friends of the Pierce County Law Library
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Asian Forum
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • WA State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2017
  • L'Arche Tahoma Hope
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Pierce College Board
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Mediator
  • 2006 - 2015
  • WA State Public Health Association
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service to the TPCBA
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Hunger Warrior
  • Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
  • 2013
  • Faculty Excellence Award
  • Tacoma Community College
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (10)
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Guardianship Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am thrilled to endorse Arlene as a hard-working, ethical and knowledgeable advocate. She takes the time to listen and identify a client's goals, and is compassionate in working toward solutions. Arlene is also committed to giving back to her community through volunteer efforts on many fronts. I highly recommend Arlene and always enjoy working with her as I know she will be honest, reasonable and ethical."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years Arlene has volunteered her time and devoted her legal skills to assisting TeamChild youth clients. She is very talented at working with vulnerable clients and families in need. Arlene provides the highest caliber of legal assistance in family law and estate planning matters. We often refer cases to her involving youth who are escaping violence and critically in need of legal help. Arlene always delivers exactly the help that is needed and in a manner that is compassionate and highly professional. I strongly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Joe is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She handles matters efficienty and attempts to get issues resolved between the parties rather than going to court. However, when necessary, she is well prepraed to represent her clients in court."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a strong and worthy advocate for her clients. Arlene and I have worked in the Guardianship arena for many years. We appear before the Court on an almost weekly basis. She is gracious to the court, a strong advocate for her clients, passionate on behalf of the elderly wards, and efficient in getting her cases completed. I heartily endorse Arlene to anyone who needs a compassionate advocate for the elderly and disabled."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I always appreciate when Ms. Joe is involved with me in legal matters, whether as an opposing attorney, mediator or otherwise. She is professional, smart, and versatile, whether defusing conflict through mediation, or arguing before the court. I have referred clients to her for these reasons, and I will continue to do so."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am honored to endorse Attorney Arlene Joe for her compassion, expertise, and creativity. She is a fierce advocate for her clients, and highly regarded by the guardianship legal community. Ms.Joe is always personally available to her clients, and exhibits significant listening skills. I am impressed by her grasp of the law and perseverance on behalf of her clients. She deserves the high marks she receives in our legal community and we are fortunate to have her practice in Pierce County, WA. I always know when I refer potential clients to Arlene Joe they are in skilled legal hands.."
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University Place Guardianship Lawyer Arlene Joe
Arlene Joe
Guardianship Attorney
University Place, WA
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation