Larissa L. Chan


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Larissa L. Chan is an estate planning attorney who works closely with individuals and families to prepare personal planning documents. Educating clients about the importance of avoiding estate planning pitfalls, Larissa helps her clients make the best possible decisions for themselves and for their children. Larissa also advises clients on trust administration and probate matters.

To encourage young families to be proactive when preparing estate planning documents, Larissa explains, “Personal  and estate planning is particularly important for  all families with minor children, regardless of whether your assets are large or small, because it lets you choose a Guardian for your children, avoids unnecessary family conflicts, and offers peace of mind for busy moms and dads.”

Larissa graduated from Seattle University School of Law, where she was a member of the Dispute Resolution Board. Prior to joining Reed Longyear, Larissa gained significant courtroom and trial experience as an Assistant Attorney General, representing the Department of Social and Health Services in dependency and termination cases. Larissa furthered her practice in administrative hearings and appeals through her representation of the Department of Licensed Resources and the Department of Early Learning.

Outside of the office, Larissa stays busy as a mother and avid runner.  She also enjoys supporting the local non-profit, Girls on the Run, by regularly volunteering as a running buddy.  Girls on the Run encourages young girls to be happy, healthy, and confident through running.

Here is what a client of Larissa’s recently had to say about her work:

My late husband was a client of Reed Longyear for forty-five years, for over forty of which I have been, too.  When he died in 2012 I was very fortunate to be able to engage Larissa Chan to guide me through the probate process, and then updating my own estate planning.  Larissa is intelligent, compassionate and caring, someone who listens to and respects her client’s concerns.  At every step in both the probate process and the estate planning, she explained everything clearly, patiently, and thoroughly.  I cannot imagine entrusting my legal concerns to anyone else, ever.
• S. Johnson

Published Work

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Dependency CASA Volunteer

Blog Posts

What is the “Dead Man’s Statute” and Why You Should Create an Estate Plan

You might think it is enough to tell your loved ones what you would like them to inherit from you, but your statements alone are not enough, and here is why: The Dead Man’s Statute, RCW 5.60.030, is designed to prevent interested parties from testifying against the decedent’s estate about interactions they had with the […]

What is a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney?

In Washington State, a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney (HCDPOA) is a document that allows the principal (the person for whom the document is prepared) to give a trusted individual the authority to make health care decisions on the principal’s behalf when the principal is unable to due to incapacity (See State of Washington […]

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, also known as a Health Care Directive, is a document which allows you to tell your loved ones your preferences regarding difficult end of life decisions. Imagine if you had a medical condition or injury that was so severe that you were not able to communicate, and your loved ones were placed […]

Why Every Parent of Minor Children Needs a Personal and Estate Plan

If you are a parent of young children, you undoubtedly have a to-do list a mile long. Your personal and estate planning is likely pretty low on the list given the extraordinary juggling of tasks raising a family requires.  Estate planning also might not seem like a priority when you are young and you feel […]