Laura E. Hoexter

Laura E. Hoexter

Helsell Fetterman LLP

Recognized since 2014

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Trusts and Estates

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Professional Experience
As chair of the firm’s estate planning and probate group, Laura Hoexter’s practice focuses on wills, trusts and estates. She works with individuals to help them establish foundational documents, such as tax-saving wills and living trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and health care directives. She addresses complex issues that may arise, including non-citizen status, retirement benefit planning and life insurance arrangements. Laura has significant experience helping clients meet their more advanced estate planning goals, including the formation of charitable trusts and private foundations, as well as all types of irrevocable trusts such as life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts.

One of Laura’s favorite projects is helping people achieve the dream of owning a business. She assists clients with the formation of limited liability companies, partnerships, S-corporations, and other suitable entities. Then she ensures those entities run efficiently by providing comprehensive operating agreements, and arranges for appropriate exit strategies to ensure a smooth succession to the next generation of owners.

When a loved one passes away, families are faced with many issues at a difficult time. Laura works with the personal representatives (executors) to alleviate the burdens faced by the survivors in order to achieve a smooth administration of the estate. She provides a detailed overview of the probate process, prepares the paperwork necessary to probate an estate, and simplifies the difficult financial decisions involved.

Community Involvement
Laura is the past president of the East King County Estate Planning Council, an Officer of Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network (SPAN) and is a member of many other local organizations including Washington Women in Tax, Seattle Estate Planning Council, the GSBA, and QLaw. Laura volunteers her time at many local clinics, including Wills for Heroes, which provides wills for our local police and firefighters.

  • 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • McGill University, BA - Economics, graduated 1990
  • University of Washington, LL.M, graduated 1996
  • University of Washington, J.D., graduated 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar

Helsell Fetterman LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

13 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Seattle (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Trusts and Estates
Special Focus:
  • COVID-19
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law


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