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Carl Swanes, attorney

A Gig Harbor native, Carl brings an extensive litigation and real estate investment background to the firm’s elder law and estate planning expertise. His family seafood business gives him an insider perspective on the unique struggles faced by small business owners and the legal solutions that work.

Admitted
VA Accredited
Washington State Bar Association (2009-present)

Law School
Vermont Law School - South Royalton, VT
Juris Doctorate (2008)

College
University of Redlands - Redlands, CA
B.S. in Environmental Studies (2003)

Activities
Carl serves on the board of the Tetiaroa Society, a foundation created as part of Marlon Brando’s estate, when he is not skiing or climbing.


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Chandra Lewnau, attorney

Chandra moved to Seattle in 2010 after practicing law in Austin, Texas for over 10 years. Chandra first became interested in the estate planning and elder law field when her beloved grandmother was struck with Alzheimer’s disease and her family struggled to care for her at home with no legal plan in place. That interest was solidified as a student attorney at the University of Texas Elderlaw Clinic. After law school, Chandra worked for a small firm where she gained experience in a wide range of litigation and transactional areas. The firm handled several difficult contested probate cases and Chandra realized that when families fight, no one wins but the lawyers. Chandra decided then to use her personal and legal experiences to help clients put in place an effective plan to avoid the many problems she has seen over the years. Before moving to Wall Group Law, Chandra worked at a well-known elder law firm in south King County helping clients plan for retirement and long-term care needs using a holistic approach known as “life planning.”

Chandra also has experience helping small businesses and nonprofit organizations get started on the right foot with a solid legal foundation, including corporate bylaws or operating agreements, annual corporate maintenance packages, buy-sell agreements, nonprofit policies, and 501(c)(3) applications.

Admitted
VA Accredited
Washington State Bar Association (2011-present)
Texas State Bar Association (1999-2012, inactive)

Law School
University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
Juris Doctorate (1999)

College
Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
A.B. in Social Anthropology, cum laude (1991)

Activities
Chandra is a member of the Washington Bar Association and the Real Property, Probate and Trust section of the Washington Bar. Chandra previously volunteered at the KCBA's Elderlaw Clinic and Nonprofit Assistance Center Clinic, and with the WSBA's Washington First Responders Will Clinic. She currently offers a free legal clinic at the Snohomish Senior Center one day a month and educational presentations at Mill Creek Senior Center and various other locations in the greater Seattle area.
A long-time shelter volunteer and animal welfare advocate in Austin, Chandra can often be found out walking or swimming her rescue dog or training for a half marathon. She serves on the Board of Directors of Washington Environmental Council.

Book an appointment with Chandra.


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Tracie l. Wall, founder, of Counsel

Tracie is the firm’s founder and continues to serve in an of counsel role on an as-needed basis.

Tracie has always focused her law practice on estate and elder planning. She began as an accountant and passed the CPA exam. She understands the necessity and alternatives for retirement planning. She has significant expertise in estate pre-planning related to pension benefits for Veterans. Moving to estate and elder planning in her law practice was a natural transition for her, and she now has over 18 years of experience in this specialty area of law.

Tracie is physically located in Arizona and will be available by phone and email and for very limited in-person meetings.

Admitted
VA Accredited
Washington State Bar Association (1998-present)
Wisconsin State Bar Association (1998-present, inactive)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (1998)
Certified Public Accountant (Issued 1998, inactive)

Law School
Marquette University Law School - Milwaukee, WI
Juris Doctorate, cum laude (1998)

College
Central Washington University - Ellensburg, WA
Bachelors of Science - Accounting (1993)


Jessica Ertel, paralegal

Jessica has worked at the firm as a paralegal for almost 10 years. Her skill and dedication are key components of the Wall Group Law client experience. Jessica has helped prepare hundreds of successful VA Aid and Attendance applications and is the firm’s secret weapon.


 
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Pam Nagel, Community Outreach

Pam has worked with seniors and the senior housing industry for over a decade. She applies this extensive insider knowledge to help clients and prospective clients understand their options. Pam spends most of her time out in the community spreading the word about VA and other benefits and how a Wall Group Law can help. Pam is available to present informational seminars on the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Program and set up Elderlaw presentations by the attorneys regarding Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Trusts, Probate, etc.