Chandra Lewnau practiced law in Austin, Texas for over 10 years before moving to Seattle in 2010. She was admitted to the Washington bar in 2011. Her practice areas include estate planning, probate, small business formation and governance, nonprofit formation and 501(c)(3) applications.
Chandra is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law. Chandra first became interested in the estate planning field as a student attorney at UT's Elderlaw Clinic, an interest that was confirmed by watching family members struggle to manage the affairs of loved ones with dementia. After being admitted to the Texas bar in 1999, Chandra worked for a small firm where she gained experience in a wide range of litigation, tax, and transactional areas. The firm was a pioneer in establishing paternal inheritance rights for illegitimate children in Texas and also handled other difficult contested probate cases involving will contests, fiduciary litigation, and other matters. In most of these cases, an effective estate plan would have saved years of expensive litigation. Chandra is dedicated to helping you and your family avoid this negative outcome by careful advance planning that considers more than just tax issues.
Chandra also worked as de facto in house counsel for Lawyer's Aid Service, Inc. (LAS), a company that has helped Texas lawyers form thousands of entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and professional associations. Chandra represented LAS in a variety of legal and tax matters and litigation. She was the principal author of one of LAS's best-selling products, a Texas limited liability company record book trusted by hundreds of Texas attorneys. She also revised their corporate and nonprofit record books to keep up with ever-changing federal and state laws. Chandra enjoys helping small business form a solid legal basis for future success. She also helps several nonprofits develop corporate governance practices and policies and obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
A long-time animal shelter volunteer and animal welfare advocate, Chandra can often be found volunteering when she isn't out walking or swimming her own two dogs. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association and volunteers at the King County Bar Association's Elderlaw Clinic and Nonprofit Assistance Center Clinic. She also volunteers with the WSBA's Washington First Responders Will Clinic. Chandra recently joined the Board of Directors of the Washington Environmental Council.