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Teresa Byers' practice focuses on estate planning, probate, guardianships and trust and estate litigation. She enjoys working with a broad range of clients, from young families interested in securing their children's future to succession planning for family-owned and closely held companies. Teresa's practice encompasses both proactive planning, which can avoid many disputes, and the litigation needed to resolve trust and estate disputes, will contests, vulnerable adult protection actions, and guardianships.

Teresa also has experience working with nonprofit and tax-exempt entities. She assists in the formation of both public charities and private foundations. Her work includes providing advice on the qualification for and maintenance of tax-exempt status.

As a graduate of the University of Washington LL.M. Program in Taxation, she is knowledgeable on federal tax issues.

Professional Activities

  • Member,  Washington State Bar Association, 2003-present
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Section, 2004-present
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Tax Section, 2004-2006
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Seattle, 2010
  • Member, Washington Women in Tax, 2010

Community Activities

  • Former President (2011-2013), Former Treasurer (2008-2010) and board member (2007-2014), Volunteer, Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women’s Law Center)
  • Board Member, King County Library System Foundation, 2006-present; Chair, Planned Giving Advisory Council, Spring 2009-present
  • Vice President, Board of Green Tree Early Childhood Center, 2005-2007
  • Volunteer Attorneys for Persons with HIV/AIDS, 2004-present
  • Volunteer, King County Bar Association, Legal Services for Estate Planning and Guardianship, 2004-present

Experience

Experience

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • "Wine, Women and Wills," Legal Voice and Garvey Schubert Barer
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 5.24.16
  • "Solutions for Difficult Gifts and Post-Mortem Planning," Seattle Children’s Hospital CE Conference on Philanthropic and Legacy Planning for Advisors
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 5.7.16
  • "Estate Planning Ethics," U.S. Judge Advocate General's Corps.
    Speaking Engagement
    Bangor Naval Base, WA, 4.20.16
  • "Fiduciaries in the Crosshairs," Alaska Bar Association, Estate and Probate Law Section
    Speaking Engagement
    Anchorage, AK, 3.8.16
  • "Estate Planning Ethics," Kitsap Estate Planning Seminar, sponsored by the Kitsap Community Foundation
    Speaking Engagement
    Silverdale, WA, 1.14.16
  • "Fiduciary Pitfalls," Kitsap Estate Planning Council
    Speaking Engagement
    Silverdale, Washington, 10.28.15
  • "Capacity to Give and Undue Influence," Washington Planned Giving Council
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 5.14.15
  • "Fiduciaries in the Cross-Hairs," 12th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar, WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Section
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 4.22.15
  • "Business and Real Estate Interests in Trusts & Estates," Kitsap Estate Planning Council
    Speaking Engagement
    Silverdale, WA, 1.29.15
  • "Notice, Information-Sharing and Other Issues under the Washington Trust Act-Three Perspectives: the Drafter, Fiduciary and Litigator," 59th Annual Estate Planning Conference, WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 10.30.14
  • "Drafting Tips for the Updated 2011 Trust Act," Washington Bar Association CLE
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 10.2.13
  • "The 2011 Trust Act: One Year Later," Washington Bar Association CLE
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 12.3.12
  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Portland, OR, 10.25.12
  • "Estate Planning for and with Nonprobate Assets," Washington Bar Association CLE
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 8.2.12
  • Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 12.7.11
  • Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 12.6.10
  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, 10.21.10
  • Speaking Engagement
    Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA, 12.17.09
  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Portland, OR, 11.12.09
  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 11.4.09

Admissions

  • Washington, 2003
  • Oregon, 2014
  • Alaska, 2014

Education

University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2003

  • Production Editor, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 2002-2003

University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2004

Lafayette College, B.A., Economics and Political Science, magna cum laude, 2000

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009-2016
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers, Washington Women's Edition, 2013-2017
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