Heather L. Crawford

Heather L. Crawford

heatherHeather L. Crawford joined Robin H. Balsam P.S. in 2006. Since then, she has extensive experience in complex guardianship, trust and probate litigation. In addition to private practice, Ms. Crawford’s caseload includes appointments by the court as a guardian ad litem for Title 11 matters, as an attorney for alleged incapacitated people and minors, and as an investigator for purposes of probate administration. Ms. Crawford’s reputation is that of both an aggressive, knowledgeable litigator and creative problem-solver. Depending on a client’s goals, Ms. Crawford passionately and aggressively represents clients with difficult elder law issues surrounding powers of attorney, probate, disagreements as to disbursements from estates, and abuse of elders such as financial exploitation and undue influence. On the other hand, she also helps several clients solve problems with creative and out-of-court agreements.

Ms. Crawford experience includes representing fiduciaries with litigation and management of estates. As Vice President of Commencement Bay Guardianship Services, a professional guardian agency, she routinely works with guardians and care managers to resolve care and financial issues, and frequently advises clients with fiduciary accountings and fiduciary decision-making.

Ms. Crawford obtained the status of a Washington State Certified Professional Guardian in 2009, after completing the University of Washington’s nationally-renowned pilot program on professional guardian certification. Her history also includes experience as the former chair for the Tacoma Pierce County Guardianship Committee.

Prior to her work with Robin H. Balsam P.S., Ms Crawford worked as a staff attorney to the Honorable United States District Judge, Robert J. Bryan. In that capacity, Ms. Crawford gained experienced in employment discrimination, insurance contract interpretations, social security, and constitutional violations. Before joining the federal court, Ms. Crawford worked in private practice for three years. During that time, her practice included general civil litigation, employment law, business law, and probate.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1999
  • University of Washington, B.A. Economics, 1993

Admissions and Licenses

  • Washington State Bar Association: 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington: 2000
  • RCW 11.88 Guardian ad Litem: 2007 to date
  • Washington Certified Professional Guardian: 2009 to date

Affiliation(s)/Membership(s)

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Professional Guardian Association
  • Guardianship section of the Pierce County Bar Association