Legal Team

 

Attorneys

 
 
Bruce Moen

Bruce R. Moen

Bruce Moen has been in private practice in the State of Washington since 1976.  For the past 35 years, his practice has been limited to estate administrations and litigation.  This involves both representing private parties and accepting Court appointments as a fiduciary in contested estates.  Mr. Moen has been appointed by the Court as a Personal Representative, Special Administrator, Special Master, Guardian, or Trustee in contested estates over 100 times and as Guardian ad Litem approximately 200 times over the past 35 years.  He is regularly consulted or retained as an expert by other attorneys engaged in defending and prosecuting estate matters or in resolving difficult issues of estate administration.  He periodically served as a Judge pro tem in the King County Superior Court and served regularly as a Court Commissioner pro tem from 1990 to 2010.

Mr. Moen has lectured and authorized over 60 articles for legal seminars sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and the National Business Institute.  He has also authored a chapter on guardianship for the 1989, 1996, 2000, and 2006 editions of the Family Law Desk Book published by the Washington State Bar Association.  

Mr. Moen has testified in Court as an expert witness and has qualified as an expert in estate litigation in numerous cases.  He was quoted as a “commentator” by the Washington State Supreme Court in the published opinion of In the Matter of the Estate of Toth, 138 Wn.2d 650, 981 P.2d 439 (1999).  The Court of Appeals referred to Mr. Moen as an “acknowledged expert in the field of the administration of trusts, guardianships, and estates” and based their holding upon his expert testimony in an unpublished opinion, In Re Estate of Sullivan, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, Docket No. 49266-7-I (February 13, 2003).

Mr. Moen is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.  He was named as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015 through 2019.  He was also named as a “Top Lawyer” in Seattle Met Magazine in 2010 and 2016.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
Juris Doctor, 1975

Activities & Affiliations

Washington State Bar Association

  • Member, Real Property and Probate Section

  • Member, TEDRA Committee

King County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Pellegrini Foundation

  • Founding Member

  • Board of Directors, 2012 - present

  • Treasurer, 2017

Professional Recognition

  • “AV Preeminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • “Super Lawyer”, Washington Law and Politics Magazine, 2006-2008, 2013, 2015-2019

  • “Top Lawyer”, Seattle Met Magazine, 2010, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Suquamish Tribal Court

 
 

 
 
 
Sarah Moen

Sarah L. Moen

Sarah Moen was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where she received her B.A.  She then received her J.D. from Whittier Law School and her LL.M. (Taxation) from Villanova University School of Law.  Ms. Moen has over 18 years experience representing clients in fiduciary matters as well as serving in various Court-appointed fiduciary roles.  She is a third generation lawyer.

Ms. Moen has lectured and authorized over 20 articles for legal seminars sponsored by the King County Bar Association and the National Business Institute.  She serves as a Court Commissioner pro tem in the King  County Superior Court.  She serves on the Washington State Bar Association Client Protection Board and previously served on the Continuing Legal Education Committee.  She also serves as the Chair-Elect for the Guardianship and Elder Law Section of the King County Bar Association and previously served as the Section’s Seattle Vice-Chair and Treasurer. 

Married with three children, Ms. Moen enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, spending time on Maui where she grew up, snowboarding, marksmanship, and soccer.

 

Education

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
LL.M. (Taxation), 2001

WHITTIER LAW SCHOOL
 Juris Doctor, 2000

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A., 1997

Appellate Cases

In the Matter of the Estate of Constance L. Little, 444 P.3d 23 (Wash.App. Div. 1 2019)

Activities & Affiliations

Washington State Bar Association

  • Member, Real Property and Probate Section

  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2016-2019

  • Client Protection Board (2019-present)

King County Bar Association

  • Member, Real Property and Probate Section

  • Member, Guardianship and Elder Law Section

    • Seattle Vice-Chair, 2012-2013

    • Treasurer, 2013-2019

    • Chair-Elect, 2019-2020

    • Section Chair, 2020-2021

    • Past Chair, 2021-2022

Ballard High School Girls’ Soccer Team

  • Varsity Squad, Assistant Coach, 2007-2014

  • Junior Varsity Squad, Assistant Coach, 2008-2009

  • FS Squad, Assistant Coach, 2007, 2010-2015

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Tax Court