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Keith Armstrong

Keith Armstrong

Protect What Matters . . . Your Empire
  • Business Law, Probate, Estate Planning ...
  • Washington
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Biography

Mr. Armstrong was formerly a Government Trial Lawyer with over 1000 victories and a 75% win ratio in state and appellate hearings. His perspective can give you well-rounded advice because he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel and advisor for WA state agencies. Mr. Armstrong helps you understand and use the strong arm of the law to your advantage. His advice is proven but more importantly, understandable. His simple background in Oklahoma City allows him to break down complete legal issues into understandable options to protect your empire.

Mr. Armstrong has studied International and Administrative Law in London, England, France, Italy and Japan. In 1996, Mr. Armstrong taught a seminar (in Japanese) on criminal procedure and a legal analysis of the O.J. Simpson trial to Tokyo law students in Japan. Mr. Armstrong’s experience switches from public law practice to private practice every 5 years assisting government in consulting roles and private companies export to foreign lands.

Born and raised in the Oklahoma City, the heart of America, Mr. Armstrong was academically trained at Oklahoma State University, receiving a BS in Business Administration. He obtained his law degree at Washburn University School of Law in Kansas, the “Land of Oz.” There he studied International Business Law. International influences landed him in London, England for the summer studying Administrative Law and the start of the European Union. Since then Mr. Armstrong has become a pseudo-ambassador-at-large hosting several conferences in Kansas with foreign ambassadors from U.S.S.R, France, Japan, Denmark, Hungary and Sweden.

Today, Mr. Armstrong lives in Tacoma with his spouse, another government attorney. He is very active in the community encouraging legal forums, business development workshops, apprenticeships, workforce development and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance
    Military Law
    Veteran's Benefits
    International Law
    Imports & Exports
    Landlord Tenant
    Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Tenants' Rights
Additional Practice Areas
  • General
  • General Civil
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    20 minutes free; 21 minutes $350
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    33 1/3 percent upon successful prosecution
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also accept flat fee rates
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
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Languages
  • English
  • Japanese
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Strong International Law Group, LLC
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Small Business Law firm providing Probate, Estate Planning and Small Business Law and Veterans' Disability Appeals
Supervisor of Operations Small Business Enterprise & Apprenticeship Programs
City of Tacoma
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Contract Management
Accenture
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Strategic Advisor
City of Seattle- City Light
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BCA HR Investigator, Boeing Commercial Airplane Unit
Boeing
Attorney Advisor
Pierce County Construction Partnership
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Contract Consultatant
State of Washington, Dept. of Enterprise Services, Office of State Procurement
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Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Attorney General's Office
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Over 1000 victories in Superior Court
Civil Rights Investigator
Washington State Attorney General's Office
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Education
Washburn University School of Law
J.D. (1993) | International Law
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Brunel University London
International Law
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Oklahoma State University
B.S. (1982) | Business Administration
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Grambling State University
Business Administration
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Awards
Excellent Rating
Avvo
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
2021
A+ Rating Accredited Business
Better Business Bureau
Entertainment Lawyer of the Year
Lawyer Monthly
Outstanding Buyer of the Year
Washington Office of State Procurement
Outstanding Employee of the Year
State of Washington, Attorney General's Office
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association
Member
Current
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Pierce County Minority Bar Association
Treasurer
Current
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Pierce County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Washington State Bar  # 23795
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Business Planning: Don't Let Your Family Business Fade Away - Protect it.
Strong International Law Group Blog
Do Living Trusts Protect Assets from Creditors?
Strong International Law Group Blog
What is a Will?
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Speaking Engagements
Shield of Protection Around Your Business, Automotive Service Association Northwest, Washington Chapter, Tacoma, Washington
Probate, Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts, Leaving a Legacy Conference, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church, Kent, Washington
Websites & Blogs
Website
Strong International Law Group
Blog
Strong International Law Group Blog
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. My brother is personal representative of mom's estate. He is asking to get paid $80 dollars per hour.
A: Your brother may be overstepping his bounds with an $80/hour rate for probate administration. The rate is not set by statute but RCW RCW 11.48.210 provides just and reasonable." If the estate probate is not complex or if your brother is not providing professional services such as legal, accounting, appraisal services, his rate may not be approved by the court. Many courts allow nonprofessional administrators $20-$35/hour, but all compensation would have to be approved by the court either during probate or at the end. So your brother may believe he is smart by setting an arbitrary rate, but the court will have the final say so on that expense. Also, if your brother has mismanaged the probate account he may have to account for that to the court. You may want to file a Special Notice under RCW 11.28.240 and request an accounting of probate finances under RCW 11.68.065. It would be good to find an experienced probate attorney in your county to help protect your rights in this probate because it does not seem the brother is looking out for all heirs equally, something required by his oath and the statutes. ... Read More
Q. My mother lives in Sydney, AU with my brother but is also a legal resident of WA state. We need to file a will. How?
A: Your mother can file her Last Will & Testament in Washington State under RCW CW 11.12.265 prior to her death. The cost is $20. Your mother or proper attorney-in-fact or guardian can withdraw that Will anytime with proper identification. Having it witnessed with two persons makes it legal, notarization makes it stronger but not more legal.
Q. Can my mom lose her home to medicaid if she gifts it to her minor grandchild before apply for assisted living or HH?
A: More than likely you mom's home will be vulnerable to Medicaid attachment. If she keeps the home, they can require her to turn it over to pay for her future care. If she transfers it, sells, quit claims it to her grandson, Medicaid will have a "lookback period" either 3 years or 5 years to look back to see if your mom transferred any asset away from her estate. Then Medicaid can attach the house or funds for reimbursement. There is no way to defeat the lookback period. An irrevocable trust would be helpful but the lookback period would still apply. We hope for you mom good health past the lookback period so Medicaid can't touch it. If there is a way to finance your mom's care pas the lookback period, you could have possibilities, but seeking an estate planner or probate lawyer in your county would be very helpful for you. ... Read More
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Strong International Law Group, LLC
841 174th St S
Spanaway, WA 98387
Telephone: (253) 221-0285
Fax: (253) 539-2810
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Saturdays by appointment