Michael Olver

Helsell Fetterman
1001 4Th Ave Ste 4200
Seattle, WA 98154
(206) 292-1144

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 unpublished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 unpublished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 unpublished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 unpublished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

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)
A?, 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)