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Lora L Brown Legal Services

Lora L. Brown has been practicing exclusively in the trusts and estates arena since 1991. She began her law career at the former Seattle firm Bogle & Gates. She was a partner at the Seattle firm Stokes Lawrence. She began her solo practice in 2006. Lora practices exclusively in the areas of trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, negotiating premarital and postmarital agreements, advising fiduciaries and beneficiaries, and assisting in the negotiation of disputes that arise in the context of an estate or trust.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lora L. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). Lora is the Western Regional Chair, and also the Washington State Chair of ACTEC. She serves on the Practice Management Committee of ACTEC and is Chair of its Special Projects Subcommittee.

Lora served as Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the Taxation Section of the Washington State Bar Association (2010-11). She served on the Executive Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust (“RPPT”) Section of the Washington State Bar Association from 1996 through 2007, including as Chair of the RPPT Section in 2005-06 and as Chair Emeritus in 2012-13. Lora is a Past Chair of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the King County Bar Association.

Lora L. Brown served on the Steering Committee for the development and publication of the Washington State Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Probate Deskbooks (published in 2006), and as a member of its Editorial Board.

Lora L. Brown is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (admitted 1991), the WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section and WSBA Taxation Section, and the King County Bar Association.

Lora L. Brown is a past board member of the Washington Environmental Council, and a past Trustee of the Northwest Fund for the Environment.

EDUCATION

Lora L. Brown obtained her law degree from Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law) in 1991, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington.

RECOGNITIONS

“Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics (consecutively, 2002 through 2016)

“Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” by Washington Law and Politics (2006 - 2016)

“Top 100 Washington Lawyers ” by Washington Law and Politics (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Lora regularly presents to legal organizations, including ACTEC, WSBA RPPT Section and other legal organizations. Recent presentations include-

ALI-CLE Presentation on ‘Legal and Practical Issues for Estate Planners’ (April 2016); and ACTEC Practice Committee Presentation (March 2016).

“Moving On: A Pragmatic Approach to Succession Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses”, (WSBA, RPPT Section, December 2013)

“ACTEC Fellows present: Lessons learned, a law practice in retrospect” – panelist and moderator (WSBA RPPT Midyear meeting, June 2013)

“Starting and Managing Your Own Law Practice,” panelist (WSBA, July 2010)

“Updates on Tax Laws and Regulations Impacting Trusts and Estates,” Program Co-Chair (WSBA, August 2009)

“Retirement Planning, When Death and Divorce Collide” (WSBA, November 2006)

“Ethics Update” panelist, 50th Annual Estate Planning Seminar (WSBA, November 2005)

“Factors in Choosing a Corporate Trustee” panelist, 2005 Northwest Trust Conference, (Washington Bankers Association, April 2005)

“Premarital and Postmarital Agreements: The Estate Planner’s Perspective” (Seminar Group, October 2004 and October 2005)

“Keeping Probate and Nonprobate Property Straight,” Basic Washington Estate Planning Skills Course, (University of Washington, Washington Law School Foundation (April 2004)

“The State of the Estate Tax – The Conundrum Continues,” Washington Planned Giving Council, April 2004)

“Enron, Ethics and Lessons for Lawyers” panelist, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Midyear Meeting (WSBA, June 2003)

“Estate Planning with a Conservation Purpose,” Land Trust Alliance NW Conference (LTA, April 2001)

 
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