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Lynn St. Louis

Elder law Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Elder Law Group PLLC


Licensed for 37 years

About Lynn

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    Medicaid Asset Preservation and Long-Term Care-Focused Estate Planning

    37 years

Lynn St. Louis is an Elder Law Attorney, providing legal counsel on Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Long-Term Care.  Lynn's practice offers life care planning services to assist clients and their loved ones through the myriad of legal and social issues in order to find, keep, and pay for quality long-term care. Through implementation of Medicaid Asset Preservation Strategies®, families can preserve substantial assets and obtain Medicaid long-term care benefits. 

 

As an Elder Law Attorney, Lynn seeks to honor and protect seniors' autonomy and wishes through life planning documents such as Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives (Living Wills). Through Wills and other estate planning services, Lynn provides clients with peace of mind, knowing that their wishes will be carried out and their estates will not be unnecessarily depleted.

 

Lynn is a 1985 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She moved to Spokane in 2006 and is currently listed in Washington’s Top Lawyers. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and its Elder Law Section, the Spokane County Bar and the Spokane Estate Planning Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), is a Past President of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA), and was honored as the 2008 Member of the Year of the Washington Chapter of NAELA for outstanding achievement. Lynn is currently a director on the board of WAELA. She is also AV rated, meaning she is one of only 5% of women lawyers to be selected for the Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Women Lawyers.

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Licensed for 37 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/20/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/25/2022

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Elder Law Group PLLC
711 W Indiana Avenue
Suite 102
Spokane, WA, 99205

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Posted by Aaron | January 3, 2012
Personable
Walking into the office of Lynn St Louis is quite the experience. First, you are greeted by the front desk worker who opens the door for you before you have a chance to and welcomes you in. Then she offers you bottled water, coffee or soda (they also have an assortment of candy). The office environment is peaceful and inviting. The meeting room is private and calming and Lynn St Louis takes the time to answer questions and explains everything in detail so that anyone can follow the legal language. My wife and I are moving to Indonesia and were required by our company to have wills, so we had Lynn St Louis write up wills that met our needs. Thank You, I would highly recommend Lynn St Louis to anyone seeking a personable lawyer.
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Posted by Roy | April 30, 2010
An Elder Law Godsend
My father was approaching his death and his affairs were in horrible shape. Within a week Lynn was able to prepare all the documents necessary to make sure that all was in good order prior to his passing. In addition she arranged for a geriatric social worker to assist his wife in moving into an independent living cottage on the campus where he resided in a nursing home. Since my father’s death Lynn has been absolutely wonderful in working through the probate process and assisting in dealing with a supplemental needs trust which she established for my stepmother. Thanks to Lynn and her staff an untenable situation was made very manageable.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
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Use Elder Law-You couldn't do any better!
We consulted with Lynn St. Louis and staff a few years ago to draw up estate plans for us. She and her entire crew, most especially Elizabeth Wallace, were excellent! We just made another appointment with them to discuss some further questions, and we wouldn't go anywhere else. We had gone to a couple of law offices previously, but were disappointed. Lynn and staff knew exactly how to deal with questions about protecting assets, Medicaid, wills, etc.
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Posted by Gwen | December 16, 2016
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Amazing Experiance!
We went to Lynn St. Louis to get my parent's will set up and Lynn and her associates were amazing and so helpful! They made sure that we understood everything, and didn't overwhelm us with legal jargon. They worked with us to make sure that everything was in place for when we needed it. When my mother passed away, we called them to find out what the next step was. Before they even started they expressed their condolences and sent us a card! When we sat down with them to get my mother's estate squared away, they walked us through the process step by step. If we forgot what was going on, they were always happy to go over it again! They made sure to keep us posted when we needed to sign something, or what information we needed to bring them. Their rates are very reasonable and they are worth every penny! I am so glad that we found Lynn St. Louis! I cannot say enough good things! If you want experience, and also want to be treated as a person, and not a billing number, this is the place to go!
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Posted by Renee | November 30, 2016
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Superior Quality
We hired Lynn after the passing of a family member. Lynn was more than wonderful. She was very easy to work with and payed very close attention to every detail. When outside help was necessary, she knew just who to call. She and her office staff are courteous, knowledgeable and professional. We would highly recommend this office to anyone in need of estate management/probate.
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Posted by Michele | April 13, 2015
Just what we needed.
My husband and I went to Ms. St. Louis for our estate plan based on reading her reviews on this website. Working with Ms. St. Louis is an experience for which I am grateful. Her office staff puts you at ease. They are very professional. Then you meet Piper! (her dog). We saw him grow to a 6 month old. What a character! I felt at ease immediately after meeting her. Ms. St. Louis is a kind and compassionate woman. Lynn walks you through everything you need to know and some things you would have never thought about. I am comfortable in knowing that we have everything in place due to her excellent work.
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Posted by Cara | September 17, 2014
Compassionate and Proactive
Lynn represented me as I took on the duties of Personal Representative for a family member's estate. Not only was Lynn compassionate with her directives and suggestions, she was proactive throughout her representation which left me feeling safe in her hands. The situation was one with many facets and unknowns, so her thoughtfulness and ability to be proactive prepared me for varying circumstances and left me feeling ready for the next step. Not only did Lynn offer sound legal advice, she was also helpful in a therapeutic manner as she understands that there is much more to probating an estate than the paperwork and legalities; each task comes with the need for processing emotions and you may never know when your grief will be triggered. Lynn understands her line of work to the very core and it shows that she pursued her calling. I am so very thankful for Lynn's assistance and representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2014
Updating end-of-life doumentaton
Lynn was courteous and helpful throughout updating our wills, etc. She wants to be helpful and she did a thorough job of presenting us with documentation. I found her very trustworthy in general.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2014
An Outstanding Legal Experience
Lynn and her office did an extraordinary job for us, resolving a complicated and difficult muddle of a case and relieving us of a huge stress in our lives. Our situation had been bungled by another lawyer, and disentangling the pieces was overwhelming. Lynn and her office were able to assess the situation quickly and adroitly, form a plan, and execute masterfully. In our interactions with Lynn and her staff, we always felt confident with their expertise and attention. Even more, we felt that we were heard and respected. I was impressed by the clarity and rigor of all the documents Lynn's office prepared. Even had our case not gone in our favor I would have been impressed by their work; the fact that our case was successful despite being messed up by our former lawyer speaks to the quality of their work. Overall, this experience stands out as the best legal experience I have ever had.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2013
An expert second opinion, and fresh, creative ideas.
I telephoned Lynn because I needed a second legal opinion, to help me judge the work of another attorney, and I essentially chose her from the yellow pages. I had read that finding an attorney who is willing to risk giving an opinion about the work of another attorney can be difficult, because of liability issues. Within minutes of meeting Lynn I knew that she was the attorney I had been hoping to find: she is not only fearless, fair and honest ("Potential liability -- that's what we have liability insurance for: in case we mess up and hurt our client's interests, and that's as it should be --I think a client should be compensated if their interests are harmed," she said), but she is also what has been called, in admiration, a "lifelong learner:" "I love reviewing the work of other attorneys, and having them review my work, as well," she said. "The law is always changing, and so is society, and one of the best ways to keep one's skills and knowledge current is keep informed about what others in the field are doing, and how they are doing it, and to have them give feedback about your own work, as well," she told me. And Lynn turned out to be wonderful to work with! Knowledgeable, fair, willing and eager to learn, having top people in her Rolodex to call should other areas of expertise be required -- I believe Lynn is everything I could ever want in an attorney. I recommend her highly, and wholeheartedly. I wished she had been the first attorney contacted!
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Posted by Cheryl | April 26, 2013
Compassion and Professional
Lynn St. Louis Offices helped my parents with their Estate Planning and Health Care Directives several years ago. I attended the consultations with my parents and was very impressed with how she related to them. Her Staff was very efficient and friendly. When we needed her services again when my Father passed away she was very consoling at this time of grief. We will always turn to Lynn St. Louis for legal matters in the future. We have recommended her services to many friends with confidence knowing she is a great Attorney.
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Posted by Michael | April 26, 2013
Grateful Som-In-Law
When my Father and Mother In Law asked my wife and I for help with their Estate Planning in 2008 we turned to Lynn St. Louis Law Offices. She worked with them with professionalism and sincerity making sure that their wishes were granted. My In Laws were very grateful for Lynn and her Staff for complete follow-thru. After the passing of my Father-In-Law in November 2011 Lynn helped make a very difficult time just a little bit easier. We are very pleased with the service and have reccommended her Offices many times.
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Posted by Mickey | April 23, 2013
An Attorney who is Professional, Experienced, Successful and she CARES!
August of 2011 my husband suffered a very serious accident, we had no insurance and I did not know where to turn. I needed immediate help with our situation. I made several random calls from the directory and one of them was to Lynn's office. Her staff responded immediately to my dire stress and I was able to see her within 1 day for a consulation. The others were all more than two weeks out. Lynn and her staff were so kind and considerate of my emotional state and my husbands medical state. I will be forever indebted to her and them for the kindness they showed. Lynn was so very diligent and she perserved for us, even after I had given up. Her level of experience and her proffessionalism excels. She was successful in our case. I highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of any estate services.
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Posted by Linda | April 23, 2013
Highly recommended for all your personal family law needs
I have dealt with Lynn St Louis for several years after a referral from a professional friend. Lynn listened to my needs and was empathetic to my situation. She took the time to understand and document exactly what I needed to follow up on and advised me of my options. She has been a blessing to me and my family members who have utilized her services as well.
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Posted by Cheryl | April 23, 2013
Our Thanks once again for all your and your wonderful staff's help after my Mother's passing
Our family was told you didn't need an attorney since my Mother had a will but we had no idea of what was involved until we talked to Lynn St. Louis and was so grateful to her and her staff for all of their help. They kept us up to date on every aspect and happy to answer any questions we had at any time and that was times 4 living children and their spouses. I have and will continue to recommend her.
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Posted by Terry | March 27, 2011
Mother's Care
We could not have had a better legal representative for my Mother, and to help the family with Mother's Medicaid application, and estate planning. Lynn and her staff took the time and effort needed to make us the family feel that we were more than just another client.
Posted by marty | November 3, 2010
medicaid and preserving assets
A Geriatric program provider( who knew Lynn) refered me to Lynn's office. During the first meeting Lynn had a plan to take care of my parents and preserve assets and planned the correct way to medicaid for my parents. Lynn and her office AND her network of professionals, helped me with my parents, securing a line of credit, the sale of their house and manage the pay down to medicaid application.The words trustworthy, knowledgeable, caring, job well done come to life from Lynn and her office. Lynn and her office made it possible for me to care for my parents, be with my family, keep my job, sleep well at night and to rest assured that medicaid would be there for my parents. I can not thank Lynn and her office enough for doing such a professional job
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Owner
  • Elder Law Group PLLC
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • In the Guardianship/ now Probate of Kitty S. Oakes
  • Favorable, establishing inheritance rights of persons via "equitable adoption"

Associations

  • Spokane Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Natonal Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Past President
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Honoree
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2016
  • Honoree
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2009
  • Member of the Year
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Spokane & Inland Northwest Senior Resource Guide
  • Elder Law: Meeting Seniors' Needs
  • 2017
  • Prime
  • Family Values - Plan Ahead to Protect Your Assets and Preserve Your Medicaid Benefits
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Celebrate Life! Expo
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (30)
Unknown Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lynn's compassion and dedication to her clients makes her a tremendous attorney. The energy she brings to her firm makes it a wonderful place to work. She has the ability to solve problems by approaching every situation from every possible angle. It is a pleasure working in her firm."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In my opinion, Lynn is hands down the best Elder Law attorney in Spokane and probably throughout Eastern Washington. She is a true champion for her clients, well respected by the government, and is a true professional. I would highly recommend her and the rest of her firm."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lynn is a knowledgeable, skilled, and thorough attorney. She looks at every angle and takes care to plan for her clients' futures in addition to solving their current issues. She is compassionate and honestly cares for her clients and their families. I would recommend her to anyone."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Elder Law is often a delicate balance in meeting both the social and legal needs of seniors and their families. Lynn does this with tremendous skill, compassion and style. She treats each client as if this client is the most important client the firm has. Lynn listens. Then she and her staff respond to a client's needs above and beyond simply providing excellent legal services. Lynn explains complicated legal solutions to clients in a way they can understand, always providing options so they can make informed decisions. She constantly strives to improve her skills and service for the benefit of clients and her staff. I recommend Lynn if you are looking for great skill, true value and peace of mind for your family."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lynn St. Louis is both an excellent attorney and a compassionate human. I would easily refer a member of my own family to her office."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have collaborated on a number of cases, and I have found Lynn to be knowledgeable, thorough, organized, and deeply caring of her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lynn is a fantastic attorney. Not only is she a knowledgeable and skillful practitioner, but she is also very compassionate and puts her clients first."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lynn is a very knowledgeable, competent and thoughtful attorney. She is a strong and skillful advocate for her clients. She has also provided excellent leadership to the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. I have no hesitation referring clients to Lynn."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lynn St. Louis. Lynn is an outstanding elder law attorney. She has been very active in the various elder law professional associations. Lynn is a leader in the elder law community. I value my friendship with Lynn and will refer clients to her without hesitation."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lynn has a passion for elder law and for helping people deal with tough issues. I have known Lynn for many years and know how competent she is. She knows the importance of helping the elderly deal with the real and many times uncomfortable issues of growing older in our society where it can be very very tough and disconcerting for elderly people. Lynn helps these folks cope with these tough issues. She is very very good. Lynn has been a very active member of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys which has helped her maintain her high level of understanding of this important area of the law."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lynn is a wonderful attorney. She has a genuine concern for her clients, and the experience and expertise to help those clients navigate the complex world of estate planning and elder law. I respect her both professionally and personally."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Lynn about a decade ago attending national continuing legal education programs. I've enjoyed working with her to understand how other state's interpretations of federal laws can help our clients in Washington state."
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Spokane Elder law Lawyer Lynn St. Louis
Lynn St. Louis
Elder law Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 37 years