Lane Powell has 140 years of experience serving as a strategic business advisor and legal counsel to premier public and private companies. Synonymous with excellence and innovation, Lane Powell’s attorneys bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their work that is reflected in a client roster that includes some of the most venerable – and dynamic – companies and individuals in business today.
We are seeking an experienced attorney for our Private Client Services practice in our Seattle office. Attorneys who are part of our Private Client Services Team counsel clients on the full range of estate and gift planning, estate administration, family business governance and transition planning, family office services and dispute resolution matters. The team has extensive experience working with high net worth individuals and multi-generational families, including founders, owners and leaders of businesses and charitable organizations of all sizes.
Strategically advising clients about their estate planning and drafting wills, trusts and related estate planning documents, including durable powers of attorney and health care directives; prenuptial, cohabitation and property status agreements; partnership, LLC and buy-sell agreements; and succession and family-transition planning to protect family- and closely-held businesses
Communicating with clients and family members regarding the management and operation of family and closely-held businesses
Providing sophisticated tax planning to minimize state and federal estate, gift and other transfer taxes, as well as preparing federal and state estate and gift tax returns
Advising clients regarding charitable planning, including charitable trusts, donor advised funds, supporting organizations, private foundations and tax-exempt organizations
Business planning, including business succession planning, transition of business ownership and representation of the business in tax-related matters
Advising families and fiduciaries in the settlement of estates and the ongoing administration of lifetime and testamentary trusts
Assisting with probate and transfer of estate assets, including managing estates with complex assets, business succession and multi-generational planning needs; addressing foreign inheritance, tax and other cross-border issues; navigating transfer tax audits that arise out of estate settlements and postmortem tax planning
Counseling trustees about their duties related to the administration of trusts
Qualified candidates will have at least four years of experience in all aspects of estate and trust planning, including estate and gift taxation, estate and trust administration, business succession, income tax planning for closely-held businesses, and charitable giving. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an unswerving client service ethic are a must for this position.
Prior experience working with high net worth individuals and families, including diverse clients with wide-ranging service needs, working knowledge and experience with community property regimes, an LLM in taxation, non-profit experience, advising tax–exempt organizations on governance and tax-related issues, and admission to the Washington, Oregon and/or California bar.
Any job offer will be conditioned upon successfully completing a pre-employment background, credit and reference check.
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About Lane Powell PC
Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. Our approximately 200 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges.
With offices throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska, we’re thoroughly versed in the industries of the Pacific Northwest as well as the legal issues that face our clients on a regional, national and international level.
Many of our attorneys are leaders in their field and receive national recognition in their practice. Our clients benefit not only from some of the best legal minds, but the best business minds too: attorneys who are intimately familiar with the business environment, and know the emerging risks and opportunities of their industries and practice groups.
Since 2008, Benchmark Litigation has consistently recommended Lane Powell’s litigation practice. The firm also receives recognition every year as a "Firm of the Year" in Oregon and Washingt...on since the award's inception in 2013. Recommendations are contingent on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.
We emphasize a team approach and shared accountability for solving problems. In the business world, specialization is increasing and our multiple practice areas and industry groups reflect this process. Our clients benefit from the specialized expertise of individual attorneys as well as the collective capabilities of our teams — attorneys who thrive on putting their minds and expertise together to come up with creative, cost-effective and positive resolutions.
We're in it for the long haul. There's a reason we've enjoyed long-term relationships with Nordstrom and many other clients. First and foremost, we don't take our relationships for granted. We work with clients to build their business. We offer forward-thinking, long-term legal resolutions, not shortsighted approaches. Then there's the sundown rule: we resolve to return our clients' calls by the end of the day.
We’re dedicated to helping our communities thrive. We have strong ties to more than the business communities of the Pacific Northwest. As a Firm and as individuals, we are involved directly in a wide variety of worthwhile organizations that have significantly contributed to community progress, which is why Lane Powell constantly remains one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region and Portland area by Puget Sound Business Journal and Portland Business Journal.
We have a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including exciting new initiatives around mentoring, hiring and fostering an inclusive workplace. A sampling of these initiatives includes a diversity scholarship for summer law students, participation in the national Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a diversity and inclusion affinity group. We are proud to announce that Lane Powell was recently awarded 100% on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index.
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