ABOUT OUR ATTORNEY

BRIAN J. DANO

PROGRAMS

Senior attorney, Brian Dano, has and continues to give lectures and seminars in the area of estate planning in the central area of the state of Washington, which has included presentations in Spokane, Wenatchee, Chelan, Othello, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Soap Lake, Royal City, Quincy and Ellensburg to groups that include Ag Expo-Farm Forum, Practice Management Network, Estate and Federal Employees Pre-Retirement Planning Conferences, Association of Professional Mortgage Women, Mothers of Preschool Children, service clubs, Peoples Law School, Edward Jones and private businesses. In addition, Brian has been an instructor at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake teaching a course in real estate law to license candidates.

PROGRAM TOPICS

Brian has given talks and written papers with the following topics:

  • Entities and Succession Planning

  • Basic Estate Planning

  • Drafting and Planning Life Insurance Trusts

  • Use of Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in Estate Planning
    Selected issues -

  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts;

  • Life Insurance Policy Beneficiary Designations;

  • Estate Strategies for Farmers;

  • Estate and Business Planning;

  • Significant Estate and Gift Tax Changes and What To Do About Them;

  • Entities in Estate Planning;

  • Charitable Giving;

  • Probate;

  • Revocable Living Trusts;

  • Estate and Business Planning for Farms;

  • Agricultural Sales

  • Water Law

PUBLICATIONS

Brian has published articles relating to estate and family business succession planning in the Columbia Basin Herald, Grant County Business Journal, Moses Lake Scene, Samaritan Hospital Foundation Newsletter and other publications.

BAR/COURT ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Washington State Bar Association (1972-currrent )

  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

  • Taxation Section

  • Solo and Small Practice Section

  • Kittitas County Bar Association (1972-1984)

  • Grant County Bar Association (1984-current )

  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Washington (1976-current )

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES, HONORS AND AWARDS (PAST AND PRESENT)

  • Martindale-Hubble AV rated (over 30 years)

  • Estate Planning Council of North Central Washington

  • Former Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Washington State Bar Association, former Special District Counsel (Disciplinary Committee)

  • Washington State Bar Association, Task Force on Minorities in the Legal Profession

  • Washington State Bar Association, Future of the Legal Profession Study Group

  • Washington State Supreme Court, Practice of Law Board

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES (PAST AND PRESENT)

  • Former Director and President of the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce

  • Former Director and President of the Ellensburg Rotary Club

  • Former Trustee, Central Washington University Foundation

  • Former Director and President, Central Washington University Athletic Booster Club

  • Founder, Whisky Dick Triathlon (Vantage to Ellensburg - 3rd Saturday in July)

  • Former Trustee and Current Emeritus Trustee, Big Bend Community College Foundation

  • Former Member and Vice-Chair, Moses Lake Tourism Commission

  • Former Director and President, Moses Lake Downtown Development Task Force

  • Former Director and President, Grant County Economic Development Council

  • Former Member, Moses Lake Business Association

  • Former Member, Moses Lake Vision 20/20, Downtown Redesign Committee

  • Former Member, Moses Lake Parks & Recreation Commission

  • Former Member, Masquers Theatre Board of Directors

  • Trustee, Jarrod Harrison Dano Foundation

  • Former Trustee, The Lauzier Trust

  • Former Board Member, Columbia Basin Foundation

EDUCATION

  • Ellensburg High School, (1960-63)

  • United State Air Force Academy (1963-65)

  • Washington State University (1965-68), Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)

  • Gonzaga University School of Law (1968-72) Juris Doctor