Kara Novak

Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC

Kara Kalenius Novak counsels clients on all aspects of estate and trust planning and administration, including complex income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning issues. A significant portion of her practice involves representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate disputes, including guardianships and court-supervised trusts. Kara also advises Washington state trust companies and certified professional guardians on corporate and regulatory compliance matters.

Representative Work:

  • Estate Planning & Probate
    • Advised estate planning clients on wide variety of issues; prepared Wills, Powers of Attorney, Revocable Trust Agreements, and other documents
    • Drafted prenuptial and property status agreements to protect inherited assets and family business interests
    • Assisted personal representatives in probate matters, including tax, real estate, and other matters
    • Assisted with LLC, irrevocable trust, life insurance trust, qualified personal residence trust, and grantor retained annuity trust planning for high net worth families
    • Counseled business owners on succession and sale issues
  • Trust & Probate Litigation
    • Assisted elderly client with uncovering financial exploitation by family member and breach of fiduciary duty claim against family member
    • Resolved various trust administration disputes on behalf of trust beneficiary with minimal court intervention
    • Successfully defended personal representatives in probate breach of fiduciary cases, creditor’s claim matters, and other issues
    • Developed exit strategies for fiduciaries dealing with difficult beneficiaries and/or assets
    • Negotiated resignation and replacement of trustees on behalf of beneficiaries
    • Represented professional fiduciary in intervention (court-supervised) probate; handled approval of periodic reports, contested motions, and real estate matters
  • Guardianships & Court-Supervised Trusts
    • Represented professional fiduciary in complex guardianship and court-supervised trust with related assets in excess of $20 million, including real estate purchases and sales, periodic reporting, investment decisions, and court-approved estate planning
    • Ongoing representation of national bank as trustee of various court-supervised special needs and settlement trusts
    • Successfully petitioned for termination of settlement trusts for minor beneficiaries after beneficiaries reached age of majority


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
    • Master of Laws in Taxation, 2008
  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
    • Juris Doctor with honors, Order of the Coif, 2007
    • Articles Editor, Washington Law Review
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature with honors, Summa Cum Laude, 2001
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

Professional and Community Activities:

Kara is a member of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, where she cooks meals for a local women’s shelter and serves in a variety of roles, including as confirmation mentor, lector, and Eucharistic minister.

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association; Real Property, Probate, & Trust Section and Taxation Section
  • King County Bar Association
  • MAMAS: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle


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Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC is located at 701 5th Avenue, #5500 Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104, United States. You can reach out to Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC using their phone line (206) 682-7090. You can also check their website mpba.com or email them at [email protected].
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