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Personalized and Comprehensive Solutions for Seniors, People With Special Needs and Their Families

Attorney Profile

My Goal In Representing You

Valerie Ohlstrom PortraitMy goal is to honor and serve your values and goals and assist you in identifying your legal needs and options. Legal tools are available to assist you in creating personalized and comprehensive estate and disability plans that reflect your unique circumstances, to plan for the possibility of your own incapacity, to provide supplemental resources for a family member with disabilities during your lifetime or at your death, to provide long term care assistance to a family member experiencing diminished physical or cognitive capacity, and to assure that your estate is distributed as you wish after your death.

This goal is accomplished by:

  • Identifying your goals and objectives;
  • Gathering the information that is relevant to determine the options and potential hurdles to achieving your goals;
  • Educating you about your legal choices; and
  • Applying solid legal principles and strong advocacy to formulate and implement the best approach to assist you in achieving the outcome you want.

About Valerie

I graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Chemistry, with honors, and attended Seattle University School of Law, where I worked as a legal intern in the Estate Planning Clinic at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and was a member of the Dispute Resolution Board.

Prior to law school my time was spent raising my three sons, the oldest of whom was born with multiple disabilities. My involvement included advocating for my own son, assisting other families in advocating for their children with special needs, and being involved in several organizations who assist people with special needs and their families, including acting as the founding President of Lifetime Secure Personal Assistance Network (LifeSPAN), a family directed organization that works with families to plan for the future of their loved one with disabilities.

I am passionate about providing legal assistance to clients as they age or who have special needs, and their families. The need for such planning is rooted in two sociological trends:

  • Baby boomers, those people born between 1946 and 1964, are living longer, and as a result sometimes experiencing diminished physical or cognitive abilities as they age which affect their lifestyle, choices, and family relationships, and
  • For the first time in history, many adults with disabilities are outliving their parents or other family members, who have often been their primary caregivers and advocates.

I look forward to assisting you in creating a plan that meets your needs and goals, assisting you or your family in implementing that plan in the future, and assisting you if a legal dispute arises related to these issues.

For recreation and fun, you will find me cruising Lake Washington and Puget Sound in our Bayliner Cruiser with my husband, Jeff, enjoying boating activities at Queen City Yacht Club with family and friends, walking on the beach on the Washington coast, and participating in a variety of activities and celebrations with our three adult sons.

Educational Opportunities

I am available to speak with your group or organization about topics related to Estate and Disability Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning, Probate and Trust Settlement, and Guardianship. Please contact me to discuss the topics that would be of interest to your group or organization.


  • Peace of Mind. Clients experience peace of mind when they create effective estate and disability plans that reflect their goals and values, protect them or a family member when they experience disability or diminished capacity, and express their wishes during their lifetimes and when the time comes to settle their estate.
  • Communication. Building relationships with clients fosters trust and open communication and facilitates conversations that identify the client’s goals, values, wishes and concerns.
  • Education. Educating clients about the legal choices and options available to them to achieve their goals assures that clients make the best decision for themselves and their families.
  • Skill, Expertise, and Advocacy. Applying solid legal principles and strong advocacy while guiding clients with skill and expertise is essential when assisting clients in creating the estate and disability plans which reflect their values and goals, when a client finds him or herself in a situation of crisis or diminishing capacity, or when the time comes to settle the estate of a loved one as he or she wished.


  • Flexible appointment times
  • Validated parking in our convenient downtown Seattle location
  • Office on Bainbridge Island to serve clients in Kitsap County and Jefferson County
  • Appointments available in your home or other location convenient to you
  • I work collaboratively with other professionals who assist you when we agree it is appropriate, including financial advisors, insurance providers, banks, real estate professionals, and geriatric care professionals
  • Serving King, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Snohomish counties


Washington State Bar Association

  • Elder Law Section Member

King County Bar Association

  • Guardianship and Elder Law Section Member
  • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section Member

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Special Needs Law Steering Committee Member, 2008 to present

Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Board Member, 2013

Valerie Ohlstrom: Attorney & Counselor At Law

The information contained on this website is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered legal advice. Legal advice can only be given with a full understanding of a particular client’s facts and circumstances and an examination of all relevant personal documents already in existence; if you have specific legal questions you should consult a licensed attorney in your area. Use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship of any kind between Valerie Ohlstrom and the user. The links found in this website are provided as a service to the user; Valerie Ohlstrom does not control the contents of these links nor warrant their accuracy, and they are not intended to be referrals to or endorsements of the linked entities.


For all legal inquiries, please call Valerie at (425) 881-5251 or email Valerie through the Contact Page here.