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Holland Ilene McBurns

Estate planning Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Evergreen Estate and Elder Law


Licensed for 22 years

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About Holland

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Attorney Holland McBurns has offices in three locations: Spokane, Kennewick and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She has been committed to helping seniors live their best lives and making a difference in her community.  This determination resulted in a BA, Cum Laude, in Women’s Issues from the University of Washington, and Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Gonzaga School of Law.
Holland has been in privatel practice since 2000. In 2004, Holland was awarded the VLP award for legal representation of indigent clients. Her practice focuses on family value based planning, guiding each family to make the best decisions for their uniques situation. Her Elder Law practice emphasises pre -planning and crisis planning for Medicaid, long- term care, special needs planning, estate planning, estate administration, and guardianships.
Holland is currently a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Spokane County Bar Association, the National Association for Elder Law Attorneys, the Washington Association for Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Counsel, and the National Business Institute.
In addition to her legal practice, Holland is a committed wife and mother of three wonderful children who love to bike, hike, run and garden. Understanding the struggles and needs of families, Holland is dedicated to providing her clients with the kind of support and guidance necessary for the best possible results.

Client's Choice 2016
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Licensed for 22 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2020
Updated 11/20/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Evergreen Elder Law
818 W. Riverside
Suite # 510
Spokane, WA, 99201
Evergreen Elder Law
8350 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA, 99336
Evergreen Estate and Elder Law
2115 E. Sherman Ave., Suite 219
Coeur d'Alene, ID, 93814
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Client's Choice 2016
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Holland received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2016
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent choice
I found Holland to be very helpful and advised me on the things that I would have to provide to the office.
Posted by Jessica | March 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know of my experience with Mrs Mcburns and Mrs. Howie. Far too often, people are eager to write letters or make a phone call to complain, but I wanted to take the time to write to let you know that I am very pleased with the performance, support, professionalism and determination of both Mrs. Mcburns and Mrs. Howie. Throughout the planning and writting of my last will and testament, they were always very quick to respond, made themselves available during times that most would consider after hours and always patient in explaining the status and details/developments of my will. Throughout this process they truly made this as smooth and comfortable as possible. Every step along the way, I was kept informed of the progress, promises were maintained, and my family and I were beyond satisfied with the end result. We could not have asked for more! I thank and commend Holland Mcburns and Alex Howie and their whole team for truly being For the People!!
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Posted by David | June 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very satisfied client
This aging thing really caught up to me fast. I just recently realized how vulnerable I was with regard to my current income and assets should my health take a dive. Thank you, Holland, your advice has put me totally as ease!
Response from Holland McBurns June 8, 2020
That is exactly how we want our client to feel - "totally at ease". Thank you, David, for giving us the opportunity to work with you in getting your personal matters in order. Protecting your assets is so important and we want to make sure we have you as protected as possible. We are here if you have any questions, please just give us a call. Thank you again, we appreciate it.
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Posted by Don | June 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Found out what we really needed to know . . .
From the very first interview, we felt extraordinarily comfortable. We had approached the firm about a a joint will, but within a short dialogue examining possible future scenarios, we clearly realized that we needed someone who really understood the issues and the complications that occur as we age and our circumstances, both health and financial, change. Our issues were addressed with the preparation of a document and estate plan that give great comfort to my wife and I. We feel prepared, as much as we can be, for the "last chapter" of our wonderful lives. Thank you so very much from your grateful clients, Don & Bette!
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Response from Holland McBurns June 8, 2020
Thank you, Don & Bette, for this very nice review for Evergreen Elder Law. We do our best to provide our clients with as much information as possible. We want you to be comfortable with the choice you make for your circumstances. If Bette or you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call us. We will always be glad to help. Thank you for choosing us to assist you, we are very appreciative.
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Posted by Kevin | May 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further
Holland has been my attorney for over a decade. She is a complete professional. She is smart, kind and completely trustworthy. She is always available and quick to get back with any of my concerns. She always has your back and best interests in mind. Highly recommend!!
Response from Holland McBurns May 27, 2020
It has been a pleasure working with you, Kevin, over the years. Thank you for the very kind review and your "Highly recommend". Just know that you are very much appreciated. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help out.
Posted by Robert | May 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Holland McBurns and her Associates
My father went to Evergreen Elder Law and consulted with Holland McBurn’s and Hired her right away. He felt very comfortable with her and her staff. She set him up with his estate planning. He was a veteran and she helped him understand his rights with the VA. She explained everything in detail with total understanding. After he passed , Holland explained our next steps and walked us through the probate process. When we called with questions she got back to us in a very timely manor. I would highly recommend Holland McBurns to anyone wanting to help their parents with setting up their future.
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Response from Holland McBurns May 20, 2020
Hello Robert, Thank you for the very nice review for our firm, we are most appreciative. We are pleased that we were able to assist your father with his estate planning and better understand his rights as a Veteran. The loss of a loved one is always difficult. We try our best to make sure that we provide the information and services needed to the family to make it as easy as possible. We Thank You for the recommendation and are here for you if you have any questions or need any further assistance.
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Posted by Randall | November 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Please read this if you or someone you know needs Elder Care legal help!
My wife and I never expected to provide 24/7 care for our adult daughter, nor were we prepared for the innumerable administrative and legal challenges we faced as we waded through Veterans Administration, Social Security, Medicaid, medical and other legal issues in trying to provide the best of possible outcomes for her. Our emotional pain and lack of preparedness must have shown through to Holland and Jen, as they helped us tackle the most challenging and life-changing decisions we have ever faced, but they did so with understanding and compassion that is missing from so many professional relationships. We are so very thankful for their skill and capability, and they have earned our trust because of the wonderful way we were treated by them. Thank God for them... truly.
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Response from Holland McBurns December 31, 2019
Hi Randall, thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate your trust and confidence in us.
Posted by Vicki | July 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Evergreen Elder Law
I did some research and exploration and came upon the offices of Evergreen Elder Law. From the moment I spoke with the receptionist I felt respected, valued and regarded as an important client. I made an appointment for March 20, 2018. When I presented to their offices I spoke with someone who was sympathetic for my loss, confident that their offices could help and exuded competence. I was heartened to note that they were recognized as “Client Choice “Estate Law Office” for 2016.” And my experience with their offices made me a believer. I explained the complications as I perceived them regarding the first PR; the conflict of interest as he was an employee of Wells Fargo Advisors and the person responsible for my father’s investments, part of an unpleasant personal relationship and responsible for not catching errors created in the Wells Fargo offices by incorrectly assigning the same account number on two very different accounts: IRA, individual investment. I also mentioned a potentially problematic relative/beneficiary. This did not seem to be an impediment to Evergreen Elder Law. The advice I received from Evergreen Elder Law in navigating the difficulties with Wells Fargo were in my best interest. The difficulties with the recalcitrant family member who withheld assets from the estate and refused to sign the beneficiary release was handled with the sole goal of closing the estate with the help of Evergreen Elder Care. Declaration of Completion was filed. In thirty days the estate would be permanently closed. Evergreen Elder Law provided professional, supportive, thoughtful and complete service
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Posted by Lusetta | February 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate planning services for my father.
I live out is state and last month after coming back home for a visit, my father's health and living situation became desperate. I needed to act and didn't know where to start. I was so grateful to get a consultation with Holland within 48 hours and get results for our family! We are so grateful for her patience with us and helping educate us on WA state procedures. Not to mention her office location at the flour mill is breathtaking of the Spokane River. I have recommended Holland to my friends and family residing in Spokane who need help with their parents and their own estate planning.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Caring and Compassionate
Holland and her team were very helpful to me when I was dealing with the loss of a loved one. They guided me the entire way through the probate process with compassion. I would highly recommend Holland and her office to anyone needing help with probates.
Posted by Scott | October 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very friendly and professional
Holland McBurns and the team at Evergreen Elder Law prepared a Simple Will Package including Power of Attorney for my wife and I. I was extremely happy with how easy they made this process. McBurns was both pleasant and professional as she walked me through the paperwork. I found her staff to be very well organized, sympathetic to my concerns, and thorough in the details. What sets McBurns apart from other attorneys is her laid back, friendly approach to legal counsel. I would definitely use her services again.
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Posted by Emily | March 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and professional staff and service
Holland and her team provided estate planning documents for my husband and me. Throughout the process, I was so impressed by Holland's kindness, how helpful and genuine her staff was and their impressive attention to detail. They made the process straightforward and easy to understand. I would not hesitate to return to Evergreen Elder Law for any future legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Evergreen Elder Law
Holland McBurns and her law team prepared my documents without flaw. She guided me through all of my choices and their outcomes, which allowed me to make the correct choices for my specific needs. I feel this could not have happened without their experience. Their kindness and patience made my afterlife legal decisions easy. I would not hesitate to hire or refer Evergreen Elder Law again! Thank you Holland McBurns.
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Posted by Sharon | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Holland and her team made a huge difference!
Holland and her paralegals took me by the hand and guided me to financial professionals to help me with my investments that had previously been mismanaged. Thanks to Holland and her team and the wonderful people they connected me with, my life is better than before. I am so thankful for all they have done to get my on track. I can now feel confident in my future.
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Posted by Sharon | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful & Professional
Although Holland no longer practices family law, she agreed to assist me in my divorce. I was very happy with the job Holland did on my case. She was incredibly understanding about my feelings, always asking me how I was feeling and checking in to make sure she was doing what I wanted. The only thing I would say, is she was too nice, I would have liked her to have been more aggressive, but that's probably because my ex's attorney was so nasty. Holland chose to stay civil and ultimatly got me the results I wanted.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Evergreen Elder Law
Holland Mcburns is very knowledgeable. She is a very genuine, caring, and compassionate attorney. She was very helpful and paid attention to detail. I had great experience with her. I would highly recommend her law office.
Posted by K Matthew | January 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Accurate, Professional
Holland and her staff provided the proper direction and documentation for our estate planning in a concise and comprehensible manner. Subjects of this nature are often something that you might want to delay action on or ignore, but it is critical that you don't. So when the process began, we were greatly impressed with and grateful for the choice we had made in an attorney. We could not recommend more highly Holland McBurns and her skilled office staff.
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Posted by Charles | January 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Evergreen Law
Holland is both a fantastic lawyer and a caring individual. I was in a serious legal bind Holland and her staff stepped in and handled my case with professionalism and class. If I ever have legal issues in the future, she is the only attorney in Spokane I would consider hiring. She is intelligent, diligent, and trustworthy. She has a mastery of the law and is wonderful person. Thank You Holland and everyone at Evergreen Law!
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Posted by Virginia | January 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional in all manners
We worked with Holland McBurns for our estate planning needs. She was excellent to work with especially as new parents we were uneducated about all the considerations we should make to secure our child's future. She took the time to explain every step and detail and our choices for the best outcome for our situation. My husband and I are both relieved to have this step completed and know that our child will be in a secure place if anything were to happen to us. Thanks so much to Holland for helping us with the process.
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Posted by Leesa | February 3, 2013
Dedicated and professional
Holland is truly one of the most sincere and professional attorneys I have come to know and over many years in the legal field. Her work is innovative in the complex area of estate planning and she strives to know the latest legal strategies to protect and represent her clients. Holland is dedicated to satisfying her clients’ needs and does it in a kind manner. She is a wonderful communicator both with her clients and with her colleagues. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of legal services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Evergreen Elder Law - Change of firm name.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Holland McBurns
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate General Counsel
  • BLG
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Dependency Attorney
  • Olympia Public Defender Office
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Contract Attorney
  • Spokane County Public Defender
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Coordinator
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Legal Intern
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office Mark Allen Johnson
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • IN RE: the MARRIAGE OF Peggy Marie BURETA, v. Robert Thomas Bureta
  • Fully Favorable

Associations

  • Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Action Network of Washington Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • BIM Management
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Veteran's Administration
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association for Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Association for Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • Inland Northwest Business Alliance
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • 2017 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Elder Attorney - Washington
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys 2016-2017
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • 2016 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Small Law Firm of the Year
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • 2004
  • VLP Award for Legal Representation of Indigent Clients
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2003
  • Young Attorney of the Year
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Cum Laude
  • Gonzaga School of Law
  • 2000
  • Cali Award- Legal Research & Writing
  • Gonzaga School of Law
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Senior Resource Directory
  • Veteran's Benefits in 2017
  • 2017
  • Journal of Business & Technology Law
  • Law Firm rebrands, relocates to the Flour Mill
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Long Term Care Benefits for Seniors
  • Veteran's Benefits for Seniors
  • 2017
  • Estate Administration and Probate in Washington State
  • Estate Administration
  • 2017
  • Care To Stay Home
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2017
  • EWVTF
  • Elder Law Issues & LTC Planning
  • 2015
  • Corbin Park Senior Center
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2015
  • Valley Hospital
  • Long-Term Care Planning
  • 2014
  • Paying for long-term care
  • Long-Term Care Planning
  • 2014
  • VA Benefits Presentation
  • VA Benefits
  • 2013
  • Senior Center
  • Elder Law Q & A
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • Elder Law & Estate Planning
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (22)
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holland is a brilliant empathetic lawyer. She cares deeply about doing her job thoroughly and making sure her client's goals are achieved. Couple this with the operation she had built and you have a sure win with Holland."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holland is a professional, honorable, experienced and aggressive advocate for her clients. My first experience with Holland was when she was a Title 26 GAL in a family law matter. Her report was thorough and balanced. Her recommendations and testimony were well thought out and firmly based on all of the facts and circumstances. She consistently maintains that high standard throughout all of her cases. I refer clients to Holland with confidence."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Holland. She an extensive training and education regarding elder law and areas affecting seniors. She takes the time with her clients and is available to answer questions. Holland is professional and knowledgeable."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Holland McBurns for help with any elder law matter. She is highly competent, professional, and compassionate. She genuinely cares about helping seniors and their families."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Holland has extensive training and education in those areas of the law that affect seniors and any other individual that is updating/organizing their estate. I have solicited her assistance with complicated trusts and been impressed with her knowledge and contribution. I recommend Holland without reservation."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holland is my go to referral for clients who are in need of an elder law attorney. I trust Holland to help my clients and my clients' family members and friends. Whether the legal issue is elder abuse, guardianship, estate planning, or probate, I know Holland can help."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holland is knowledgeable and compassionate. She will take the time to answer any and all client questions. Her paralegal team is dynamite!"
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Holland is a highly skilled and competent attorney. She knows the law, and she is a strong advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Holland is an excellent lawyer and extremely dedicated to her clients. She has a passion for the law and being an advocate for her clients. She is one of the most professional attorneys I know!"
Elder law Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Other
"Not only is Holland a dedicated and well-informed attorney, but she's also very personable and engaging. Holland is dedicated to using her legal expertise to help her clients achieve and even exceed their goals."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"I would not hesitate to refer clients to Holland. She has a keen interest in elder law. She is a member of Elder Counsel, the premier organization for Medicaid and VA benefits planning. I recommend her without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holland is among the top in her field. I would definitely would refer clients who needed help in her community. Holland is very competent and very good with her clients. Highly recommended."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney is among the top in their field. I would surely refer clients who needed help in his community. Holland s very competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In the area of estate planning, I am always confident referring people to Holland. Having worked on opposing sides against Holland in the past, I know that her work is thorough and well thought through. I gladly endorse her work."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Holland McBurns. I routinely refer cases regarding children or the elderly to Holland. She has a proven track-record of serving as an effective advocate for children and the elderly."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Holland is an amazing attorney that I have had the privilege of working with over the past several years. She is someone that you can trust with your legal matters."
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