Brian J. Dano


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Estate Planning and Trust Practice

Mr. Dano has been in the active practice of law for over 40 years, initially engaging in general practice in Ellensburg, Washington, with emphasis on criminal law, real estate and business matters. Since 1982, Mr. Dano's practice has eliminated litigation and concentrated in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, probate, real property and commercial transactions, business entity creation and management, and family business succession planning. Included in the practice area are giving advice and counsel and preparation of estate planning documents, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Community Property Agreements, Trusts and Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements; documents necessary for the creation and management of limited liability companies; and documents involved in all manner of real property and commercial transactions. Also included are advice, planning and assistance with probate and trust administration.


Mr. 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, AARP, Peoples Law School, Edward Jones and private businesses. In addition, Mr. Dano has been an instructor at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake teaching a course in real estate law to license candidates.

Program Topics

Mr. Dano 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


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

Bar/Court Admissions and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (1972- )
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Taxation Section
  • Business Law Section
  • Sole and Small Practice Section
  • Kittitas County Bar Association (1972-1984)
  • Grant County Bar Association (1984- )
  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Washington (1976- )

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
  • 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


  • 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

Our Mission


How We Can Help

At Dano Law Firm, P.S. we have been providing peace of mind and decades of experience in the areas of real estate and business transactions; estate and future planning; probate administration; and limited liability company (LLC)/corporation creation, management and transactions. We partner with you by first listening and understanding what you need. Then with that knowledge and our expertise, we customize a solution to your situation that is attentive to details and timelines and always confidential.

Call or email today to see how we can work together for your peace of mind.