News & Resources

Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

Do I need an Attorney to Draft my Will?

  Can you save money by using software to draft a DIY (do-it-yourself) will instead of paying an attorney? Technically, yes, you can draft your own will and save money, now. However, what you save now may cost your family far more in the long run. Although you can save money by drafting your own […]

Can you run a business together after a divorce?

  According to the US Census Bureau, more than 2.3 million businesses in the United States are jointly owned by married partners. And nearly 1 million of those are equally operated by both spouses. If/when these spouses decide to get a divorce, they must decide what to do with their business. Normally, business assets are […]

Local accounting and CPA firm, Bader Martin details how marital status effects your financial and estate planning in the intriguing article available here!


We are pleased to announce Attorney Anton Cauthorn just successfully completed his first semester of teaching Estate and Gift Tax at Seattle University School of Law! Anton’s expertise here at Reed Longyear is a mix of Estate Planning, Probate, and Tax Law. With that well-rounded knowledge Anton will continue providing services here to clients at Reed Longyear and will continue helping prepare future students as an adjunct Professor at Seattle University school of law.

We are delighted to report that  Michael Longyear again chaired the King County Bar Association’s dynamic  education program for attorneys entitled “ Personal Estate Planning for the 99% “ on April 19, 2018 .  Mary Anne Vance, of counsel attorney to Reed Longyear this year spoke on “Ethics in Estate Planning” along with Jeanne Marie Clavere, Professional Responsibility Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Washington State Bar Association .

This month we excitedly observe four fantastic individuals and their time spent at Reed Longyear! Attorney Anton Cauthorn is celebrating his second year, paralegal Sheila Sowecke is celebrating 12 years, family law attorney Christina Corwin and paralegal/IT-support Deanna Hendrickson are both celebrating 15 years at the firm! Happy Anniversary to all!

“Trying” to comply with an Order to Surrender Weapons is not good enough

Earlier this month, Washington’s Court of Appeals issued a decision that helps protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence by clarifying 1) that a restrained person has the burden of proving she/he has complied with a court order requiring him/her to surrender weapons and 2) that filing a “Proof of Surrender” form is not conclusive […]

2018 is here, and we are happy to announce changes at Reed Longyear! Two of our associate attorneys, Carla Calogero and Noah Williams, have transitioned into roles as Members with the firm. Please join us in congratulating them as they move into their new roles.

We are also happy to announce that Mary Anne Vance has joined our firm as an Of Counsel Attorney. Ms. Vance practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate law. Two staff members have transitioned to Reed Longyear from Ms. Vance’s office, so join us in welcoming Cindy McComish and Geoff Dietrich our team as well.  We look forward to working with everyone in the new year!

Attorney Noah Williams’ blog post, “Top Five Common Questions to an Employment Attorney about Nannies and Nanny Shares” was featured on another Seattle based website, Nanny Parent Connection. This is a community site that connects nannies and parents in the Puget Sound region. You can read Noah’s post here or learn more about Nanny Parent Connection here.