Wendy S. Goffe 
Seattle, WA
(206) 386-7565 Direct
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Wendy S. Goffe


Wendy Goffe has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients on estate planning issues. Her experience includes advising clients on matters including probate and trust administration, estate and gift taxation, charitable giving and nonprofit trusts and corporations, family-owned business succession and issues concerning unmarried couples. Wendy is a regular speaker at local, regional and national events addressing a number of estate planning topics. She has also been interviewed by and written for many national publications.

Wendy is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, and her articles can be found at

Before joining Stoel Rives, Wendy was a shareholder at Graham & Dunn PC and an attorney at Bogle & Gates.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Estate Planning & Probate, Nonprofit Organizations), 2003-2014, listed in Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Trusts and Estates), 2007-2015
  • Listed among Rising Stars,SM Washington Super Lawyers, 2000-2001
  • Member, ABA Taxation Section, Community Property Comment Project
  • Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Taxation Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington Women in Tax
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Seattle University Law School, 2002-2008
  • Former member, Executive Committee, Estate Planning Council of Seattle
  • Former member, Executive Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Former member, Editorial Board, Washington State Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Newsletter
  • "League of Justice," Washington CEO, 2006


  • "Fighting for Flex Time," Huffpost Live Hosted by Nancy Redd, June 11, 2013
  • "I Love Being a Working Mom But I Didn't Always," Panelist, HuffPost Live Hosted by Nancy Redd, Mar. 22, 2013
  • "Working Moms Speak Up," Panelist, HuffPost Live Hosted by Nancy Redd, Feb. 1 2013
  • "You're What? With Whom? But Have You Thought About...?: Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, Civil Union -- The Developing Legal Landscape," 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Jan. 2012
  • "Charitable Planning for Same-Sex Couples" (co-chair and panelist), 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Jan. 2012
  • "An Estate Planners Roadmap To The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death: Health Care Directives From Religious Perspectives," Fear No Evil, WSBA 56th Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Seattle, Nov. 2011
  • "Blind, Burial, Business, Ballots, Blunderbusses, Basset Hounds and Baby Buskers: An Introduction to Lesser-Known But Useful Trusts," 55th Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, Nov. 2010
  • "Estate Planning for the Unmarried Couple," Chicago Estate Planning Council, Apr. 2009
  • "Marriage, Domestic Partnerships and Meretricious Relationships: Washington's Developing Landscape," 53rd Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Seattle, Nov. 2008
  • "Washington's Developing Landscape" (panelist), Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors Forum on Marriage, Domestic Partnerships and Meretricious Relationships, Apr. 2008
  • "From NASCAR Condominiums to Private Mausoleums: Keeping the Vacation Home in the Family," 41st Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Jan. 2007
  • "Death, Dirt and Duties: Estate Planning for Real Estate Transfers" (chair and panelist), 41st Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, 2007
  • "Cohabitation Agreements," 51st Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Seattle, Nov. 2006

Civic Activities

  • Member, Planned Giving Committee, The Nature Conservancy
  • Member, Professional Advisory Council, The Seattle Foundation
  • Member, Children's Legacy Council, Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Former member, Planned Giving Committee, YWCA
  • Former member, Board of Directors; Chair, Executive Committee; Member, Planned Giving Committee, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Washington Chapter
  • Former member, Board of Directors; Co-chair, Grants Committee, Jewish Women's Endowment Fund
  • Former member, Jewish Federation Professional Advisory Committee
  • Former member, Acquisition Committee, Tacoma Art Museum
  • Former member, Professional Advisory Committee, Northwest Giving Project
  • Former member, Advisory Committee, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Former member, Ethics Committee, Northwest Hospital


  • View Wendy Goffe's Social Science Research Network (SSRN) publications at http://ssrn.com/author=471238
  • View Wendy Goffe's monthly articles on Forbes.com.
  • "50 Ways To Leave Your Loved Ones," MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2014
  • Estate Planning Questions in Light of DOMA's Uconstitutionality," Probate Practice Reporter, August 2013.
  • "Postmortem Conception Quandary: When Must an Heir Be Here?," Estate Planning Magazine, July 2013
  • "Tax Consideration for Registered Domestic Partners and What Happens if DOMA is Repealed," Washington CPA, Nov./Dec. 2012
  • Quoted in "Supreme Court Nears Gay Marriage Decision Over DOMA-Related Cases," Karen McVeigh, Guardian.co.uk, Nov. 2012
  • Blended Family Finances," Jane Bennett Clark, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Aug. 2008
  • "How I Became The Straight Lady for Gay Marriage," Forbes.com, Jun. 2012
  • "How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Your Bridges," Forbes.com, Apr. 2012
  • "A Working Mom Defends the Lululemon Stay-at-Home Mother," Forbes.com, Apr. 2012
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? What Religion Says About Pulling the Plug," Forbes.com, Nov. 2011
  • Quoted in "Married, With Complications," Forbes.com, Apr. 2011
  • "From Zoom to Doom? Risks of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning" (coauthor), Estate Planning Magazine, Apr. 2011
  • Quoted in "The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Wills," Deborah L. Jacobs, Forbes.com, Sept. 2010
  • Quoted in "Estate Planning as a Family conversation," Deborah L. Jacobs, The New York Times, Mar. 2010
  • Quoted in Wills, Trusts and Estates, Jesse Dukeminier, Robert H. Sitkoff and James Lindgren, 2009
  • Quoted in "Wherever You Go, the Taxman Goes," Deborah L. Jacobs, The New York Times, Apr. 2009
  • Estate, Tax and Benefits Planning for Unmarried Couples (coauthor), American Bar Association, 2009
  • Quoted in "Blended Family Finances," Jane Bennett Clark, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Aug. 2008
  • "Preparing Effective Cohabitation Agreements for Unmarried Couples," Estate Planning, Sept. 2007
  • Chapter 18, "Joint Ownership and Use: Keeping the Cabin in the Family," 41st Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2007
  • Quoted in "Détente at the Cottage: Strategies for Keeping a Co-Owned Vacation Home from Tearing the Family Apart," Deborah L. Jacobs, BusinessWeek, June 2007
  • "Estate and Charitable Gift Planning for Unmarried Couples" (coauthor), The Journal of Gift Planning, Second Quarter 2006


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1986, cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa


  • Washington
  • U.S. Tax Court

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