Professional Experience

Michael Olver is an experienced trial attorney with an emphasis on Elder Law issues including guardianships, trust and will disputes, and related litigation; estate planning and administration; and plaintiff’s personal injury.

Appellate Cases

  • In re Estate of Wright, 147 Wn. App 674; 2008 (Lost constitutional argument: “Issue of Decedent”) — published
  • Olver v. Fowler, 161 Wn. 2d 655; 2007 (Meretricious Relationship in Probate)
  • Olver v. Fowler, 131 Wn. App. 135; 2006 (Meretricious Relationship in Probate)
  • Estate of Lennon v. Lennon, 108 Wn. App. 167; 2001 (Deadman’s Statute)
  • Estate of Burns, 131 Wn. 2d 104; 1997 (Estate Recovery)
  • Merrick v. Peterson, 25 Wn. App. 248; 1980 (Joint Tenancy)
  • In re Estate of Benson, COA 63734-7-I; 2011 (Deadman’s Statute) — unpublished
  • In re Estate of Tony Maletta, COA 61564-5-I; 2009 (regarding Inter Vivos Gifts, Burden of Proof) — unpublished
  • In re Estate of Stuart C. Rippee, COA 61916-1-I; 2009 (regarding Burden of Proof in Will Contest Summary Judgment) — unpublished
  • In re Guardianship of Healey, COA 58316-6-I; 2007 (regarding Guardianship procedure) — unpublished

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Chair, Elder Law Litigation Washington State Bar Association (2011)
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Guardianship Section
    • Member, Elder Law Section
  • Washington State Association of Justice
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Board of Directors, Washington Chapter (2009-2010)
    • President, Washington Chapter (2002

Professional Recognition

  • American Trial Lawyers Association, “Top 100 Trial Attorneys in State of Washington” (2008-2011)
  • Seattle Met Magazine “Top 100 Lawyers” 2010
  • Washington Law & Politics, “Super Lawyer” (2001-2011)
  • Seattle Magazine, “Top Lawyers” (2007)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (1985-2011)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (1998)
  • AV®, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

 Seminars & Publications

  • “TEDRA Sword and Shield,” Author/Speaker — WAELA (2011)
  • “Amending Special Needs Trusts,” Author/Speaker — WSBA (2011)
  • “Medicaid Divorce: An Overview,” Author — The Matrimonial Strategist (2010)
  • “Ethical Issues of Interest Involving SNT,” Author/Speaker — WSBA
  • “Access to Medical Records in Guardianships and the Constitutional Right of Privacy,” Author/Speaker — KCBA
  • “Fiduciary Liability and Why Trustees of Special Needs Trusts Get Sued,” Author/Speaker — WSBA (2008)
  • “Lessons from Litigation, Lessons from Olver v. Fowler,” Speaker/Author — WSBA (2008)
  • “The Guardianship Institute, Attorneys’ Fees, Issues Related to Service as Counsel in Various Roles” Author/Speaker — WSBA (2007)
  • “Attorneys’ Fees in Light of Beecher,” Speaker/Author — (2007)
  • “Practical Applications of TEDRA,” Speaker/Author — (2007)
  • “WSTLA Nursing Home Litigation, Getting Fair Value for an Elderly Person’s Life,” Co-Chair — (2006)
  • “Advanced Guardianship III; Author, Voir Dire of GALs,” Co-Chair — (2005)
  • “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Speaker/Author — (2004)
  • Washington Association of Professional Guardians, Ethical Guardianship Practice, Keynote Speaker — (2003)
  • “Advanced Guardianship II; Author, Ademption and Will Disclosure,” Co-Chair — (2002)
  • “TEDRA, Nuts & Bolts and Beyond TEDRA Tips,” Speaker/Author — (2002)
  • “Critical Topics in Elder Law Practice,” Speaker/Author — Portfolio Reorganization (2002)
  • WSBA Elder Law Section: Will Repository, Author — (2002)
  • WSBA and NAELA Vulnerable Adult, Speaker/Author
  • Symposium, TEDRA and Other Civil Remedies — (2002)
  • “Advanced Guardianship Issues; Author, Constitutional Right of Privacy in Guardianships,” Co-Chair — (2001)
  • “Advanced Qualification Strategies,” Speaker/Author — (2000)
  • “Elder Law Basics,” Speaker/Author — (2000)
  • “Red Flags & Resources II,” Speaker/Author — (2000)
  • “Medicaid Trusts – An Overview,” Speaker/Author — (1999)
  • “WSTLA Annual Convention: Luvera Seminar, District Court Hell,” Speaker/Author — (1998)
  • “Red Flags and Resources in Dealing with the Elderly,” Speaker/Author — (1998)
  • “Alternatives to Guardianships: Less Restrictive Alternatives; Alternate Dispute Resolution,” Speaker/Author — (1998)
  • “Litigating Against Personal Representatives,” Speaker/Author — (1997)
  • “Litigating Retroactive Lien Recovery (With Class?),” Author/Speaker — NAELA Institute (1997, Tennessee)
  • “Complex Trial Issues, GAL Training,” Speaker/Author — (1996)
  • “Community Spousal Sole Benefit Trusts,” Speaker/Author — (1996)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Speaker/Author — (1996)
  • “Sole Support Trusts,” Speaker/Author — NAELA (1995)
  • “Medicaid Trusts and Lien Recovery,” Speaker/Author — (1995)
  • “Special Needs Trusts After OBRA ’93,” Speaker/Author — (1994)
  • “Medicaid Lien Recovery,” Speaker/Author — (1994)
  • “Living Trusts — Pros and Cons,” Speaker/Author — (1992)
  • “Wills and Trusts for the Disabled,” Speaker/Author — (1989)


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