About Me

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Welcome

Hi! I’m Lauren Pitman,
an Estate Planning Attorney,
and I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m the mother of two young children, and the daughter of two aging parents. I know firsthand what it’s like to manage a family in this busy world.

I’m also an estate planning attorney, and when I make a plan for a family, I really get to know them personally. Who do they love? What do they value? Why are they planning? I am devoted to crafting a plan that truly serves them.

This is such important information, yet more than half of Americans will never make an estate plan.

A good estate plan eases stress. It takes care of the people you love, in the way you intend. It can maintain and even improve, interpersonal dynamics.

That's why I created the Side By Side Planner.

People think that estate plans are all about money, but they’re not just about protecting your assets. They do so much more: everything from expressing choices about your health care to making sure your beloved pet has an emergency plan.

For those Americans who do not make a plan, their families will not get the financial benefit of having a plan, and they will never know the true peace of mind.

You are one of the bright few who is taking control of your future.

In the Side By Side Planner, I will walk you through the same process as any of my estate planning clients. We’ll get to know what motivates you, and where you need to spend time planning. We’ll work together to make smart choices that will protect the things you value and the people you love.

This is empowering knowledge that has always been in the hands of estate planning attorneys. But I know that all families deserve to have access to it.

I am an attorney, but I’m not your attorney. While I hope that you will feel like you have received valuable legal counsel in the Side By Side Planner, this workbook is not a legal document, and it doesn’t replace time spent with an attorney.

In some cases, you will find your specific situation opens up more questions. When you progress through the workbook or when you read the articles in this site, be sure to make note of these questions, and take them to an attorney you trust.

We are often so quiet about estate planning issues. We don’t want to air our dirty laundry or talk about death. Family and financial issues are sensitive. I understand.
But it’s beyond time to get the conversation going, so we can make good choices for our families.

On behalf of your loved ones, thank you for taking the time to think about these issues. I’ll be here, by your side.

Lauren's Official Bio

Lauren A. Pitman is a principal member of Bauer Pitman Snyder Huff Lifetime Legal, PLLC. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2001, and her law degree, with Honors, from Seattle University School of Law in 2005. Since her admittance to the bar in 2005, her legal practice has emphasized estate planning, probate, elder law, and issues pertaining to long term care and Medicaid planning.

She has served on the Executive Board for Senior Action Network of Thurston, Thurston and Lewis Counties, and on the Executive Committee for South Puget Sound Estate Planning Council. Her past community work has included serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the Hands on Children's Museum and presently sits on the Board of the Mayday Foundation.

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