Vivien K. Chang

Principal Attorney

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Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.

(Certification by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization; No certification is available through the Washington State Bar) 

 

Ms. Chang’s practice focuses primarily on estate planning, probate, and business law. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of clients from complex and high net-worth individuals, to young families with emphasis on protection of children and anticipated growth of family assets. She assists clients in the set-up of family trusts, credit shelter trusts, family limited partnerships/limited liability companies, foundations, charitable remainder trusts, family business succession planning, community property agreements, wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives. Her probate experience includes working with judicial and non-judicial administration of estates of small to large taxable estates, post-mortem tax planning, tax filings, and funding of testamentary trusts.

Ms. Chang also practices in the areas of corporate and business law, including incorporation, buy/sell of businesses, and corporate maintenance. Ms. Chang is a frequent speaker for financial institutions and for continuing education courses on the topics of estate planning, business succession, and complex trust set-up and administrations.

Previously with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, a full service law firm.

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Juris Doctor Loyola Law Review, MEMBER

University of California, Irvine Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Professional Organizations

Washington State Bar Association (Real Property, Probate & Trust Section)

State Bar of California (Trusts & Estates Section)

State Bar Admissions

Admitted to New York State Bar Association, 2011

Admitted to Washington State Bar Association, 1996

Admitted to State Bar of California, 1995

Languages

Also fluent in Cantonese Chinese

Presentation Highlights

  • Guest Speaker on AM 1300 radio show Northwest Real Estate Connections – speaking on legal issues related to real estate holdings. Listen to June 26 2013 audio.
  • Speaker, “Intermediate Estate Planning Series-Probate, Guardianship, and Trusts,” sponsored by Women’s University Club of Seattle (2010-2011)
  • Speaker, “Money Smart Women-Basic Estate Planning,” sponsored by Women’s University Club of Seattle (March 2009)
  • Speaker, “Top 10 Rude Awakenings When Your Estate Planning Client Gets a Divorce,” sponsored by East King County Estate Planning Council (May 2008)
  • Program Chair and Speaker, “Estate Planning for Business Owners” sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association(December 2007)
  • Program Chair and Speaker, “When a Simple Will Isn’t,” sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association (October 2006)
  • Panel Speaker, “When Death and Divorce Collide” sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association (December 2005)
  • Speaker, “Practical Roadmap and Points of Interest for Planning Estates Between $1 Million to $5 Million,” The 48th Annual Estate Planning Seminar sponsored by the Estate Planning Council of Seattle and the Washington State Bar Association(November 2003)
  • Program Chair, “How to Draft Wills and Other Estate Planning Documents,” sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association (October 2003)
  • Speaker, “Trust Drafting,” Continuing Education Course sponsored by Sterling Education Service (November 2003)