Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C.

Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C.

The Vancouver lawyers of Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. are dedicated legal professionals who have been serving the Vancouver, Washington, area since 1980.

Firm Overview

We have experience representing clients in a wide range of legal matters and provide a personal touch to each individual client's case.

At the Vancouver general practice law firm of Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C., we provide insightful guidance and legal assistance on an individual basis to clients in a wide range of legal practice areas. Our experienced team of legal professionals offers comprehensive legal services to the Vancouver area. We have represented our clients for more than 30 years with confidence and skill in a range of cases.
We understand the emotional and financial stresses involved in your situation for both you and your loved ones. We pride ourselves on the high level of responsiveness and integrity we apply to each and every case. Our attorneys provide an array of legal services to meet your individual needs, detailed below.
Main Office
Main Office
1112 Daniels Street, Suite 200
Vancouver  WA  98666
Phone
  • 360-450-0993
Websites
Estate Planning
Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Matters
We provide clients with a broad range of personalized, comprehensive estate planning services and assist clients with wills, trusts, special needs trusts, community property agreements, powers of attorney, health care directives, probate of estates, trust administration and guardianships. We advise clients regarding wealth preservation, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, and advanced estate planning strategies. The Vancouver attorneys also provide experienced representation in probate, trust, will contests and estate litigation, probate, trust and guardianship administration, and trust, estate, guardianship, and vulnerable adult protection litigation in Washington and Oregon. For further information, please see our estate planning page.

Michael P. Higgins

Michael P. Higgins received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1975. He attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1981. He was admitted to practice in Oregon in 1981 and in Washington in 1982.
Mike has been practicing law in Clark County, Washington since 1982. He has served as a trustee (three year term) and as a treasurer (two year term) for the Clark County Bar Association. He has a BV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mike practices in the following areas of law: probate, trust, and guardianship matters, incuding complex litigation matters, bankruptcy, where he represents both creditors and debtors in business and consumer cases; business, including business formations, transactional matters, and litigation; real estate law, including transactions, foreclosures, and litigation; estate planning, including complex estate planning for avoidance of federal estate taxes; and collections and debtor and creditor law.
Mike is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington. His personal interests are running and hiking to maintain fitness, reading, and taking care of his rose garden. In November, 2011, Mike accomplished a lifetime dream traveling to Nepal and trekking in the Himalayas to Kala Pattar at 18,540 feet to see Mt. Everest with his own eyes 4 miles away.

Legal Assistant to Michael Higgins:
Trena Grasser has been a legal assistant with Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. since 1999. She has taken paralegal courses at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington and Clark College in Vancouver. Trena assists Mike with his complex probate, trust, guardianship, bankruptcy, business, real estate, and estate planning matters.

Areas of Practice
-Bankruptcy
-Business & Commercial
-Business Organizations
-Construction
-Contracts
-Debtor-Creditor
-Estate Planning
-Litigation & Appeals
-Probate & Estate Administration
-Real Estate
-Trusts
-Wills
-Complex Litigation
-Foreclosures
-Transactional Matters

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 1982
-Oregon, 1981
-U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1984
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1982
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2009
-U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education
-Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon - J.D. - 1981
-Loyola University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California - B.B.A. - 1975 - Major: Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Washington State Bar Association, Member
-Clark County Bar Association, Member
-Oregon State Bar Association, Member
-Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington, Member
Education
  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law
    J.D.

Michael G. Beaty

Michael G. Beaty, has been practicing law in Vancouver since 1997. Mr. Beaty is a second-generation attorney, who handles personal injury cases. He has had the privilege of helping over 1,000 clients with their personal injury claims. Some of Mr. Beaty's clients have received settlements in excess of a million dollars. Mr. Beaty prides himself on assisting his clients to the best of his ability and leaving no stone unturned.
Mr. Beaty is married and has two young boys that keep him busy when he is not in the office. He also enjoys watching Dallas Cowboy football, Gonzaga basketball and traveling.

Legal Assistant to Michael Beaty:
Christi Carner, has been a legal assistant for over 24 years, and joined Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. in 2009. Ms. Carner assists with personal injury claims and is highly experienced in settlement negotiations. Ms. Carner loves the field and excels in her job. She helps reduce costs for the firm, Ms. Carner gained experience in medical malpractice, social security, workers' compensation, wills and probate. She has been responsible for creating business brochures, newsletters, and various other marketing tools for the firms she has worked. She attended Mt. Hood Community, the Forum and several CLE Courses.
Outside activities include her love of the Seahawks, gardening, cooking, sewing and entertaining. Ms. Carner has also been a Foster Parent for 15 years and aspires to complete her first novel.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 1995
-Oregon, 1996
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington

Education
-University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma - J.D. - 1995
-Austin College, Austin, Texas - B.A. - 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Washington State Bar Association, Member
-Clark County Bar Association, Member
-Oregon State Bar Association, Member
-The George and Donald Simpson American Inns of Court, Member
-Washington State Association for Justice
Education
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
    J.D.

Jeffrey J. Hatch

Jeffrey J. Hatch graduated from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from Willamette University. Mr. Hatch has been a member of the Washington State Bar since 1994, practicing in Eastern Washington prior to returning to the west side of the state to join the firm in 2000.
Mr. Hatch practices in the following areas of law: family law matters, including marriage dissolutions or separations; custody disputes, child support determinations, and modifications of both prior custody or support orders; personal injury law; estate planning and wills; and misdemeanor criminal defense. Mr. Hatch also handles appeals from trial court decisions before Washington State's Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Hatch is involved in the community. He has served as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America. He has been a member of a local chapter of the Kiwanis Service Club, including a term as the chapter president. He has coached Salmon Creek Little League baseball teams and Clark County Youth Football teams for multiple years.

Legal Assistant to Jeffrey Hatch:
Jodi Whittaker graduated from Clark College with an Associate in Applied Science degree. Ms. Whittaker has been working in the Family Law area since 1989 and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of Family Law. Her love of the field allows her to be rational and compassionate when working with difficult situations. Ms. Whittaker was born and raised in Vancouver and enjoys spending time with her family.

Areas of Practice
-Family Law
-Personal Injury
-Marriage Dissolutions or Separations
-Custody Disputes
-Child Support Determinations
-Wills
-Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
-Social Security Disability
-Litigation Percentage
-90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
-Bar Admissions
-Washington, 1994

Education
-Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon - J.D. - 1994
-Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah - B.S. - 1991
-Major: Accounting

Representative Cases
-City of Walla Walla v. Ashby, 90 Wash. App. 560, 952 P.2d 201 (1998)
-In re Custody of A.C. and M.C., 103 P.3d 226 (2004)

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Washington State Bar Association, Member
-Clark County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities
-Kiwanis Service Club Member (Past President)
-Coach for Salmon Creek Little League
-Coach for Clark County Youth Football
-Scout Leader for Boy Scouts of America Venture Program
Education
  • Willamette University College of Law
    J.D.

Crystal M. Lewis

Crystal M. Lewis is a native Oregonian who attended Portland State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting in 1999. After college, Ms. Lewis worked as an accountant at Willamette Industries in Portland, Oregon, before attending Lewis and Clark Law School where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2004. At Lewis and Clark, Crystal participated in the Environmental Law Moot Court program and earned a Certificate in Environmental Law. During law school, she worked for the Legal Resource Group in Sherwood, Oregon, litigating First Amendment Commercial Speech issues, and at Pacific Environmental Advocacy Clinic, litigating environmental issues.
Ms. Lewis' practice areas are employment law, bankruptcy, homeowners' association law, family law, criminal defense and construction defect cases. Ms. Lewis is now in her ninth year as a litigator.

Legal Assistant to Crystal Lewis:
Trena Grasser has been a legal assistant with Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. since 1999. She has taken paralegal courses at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington and Clark College in Vancouver. Ms. Grasser assists with real estate, probate and estate planning, business law, bankruptcy, family law and employment law.

Areas of Practice
-Employment Law
-Bankruptcy Law
-Homeowners' Association Law
-Family Law
-Criminal Defense
-Construction Defect Defense

Litigation Percentage
-90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 2011
-Oregon, 2004
-U.S. District Court District of Oregon
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Oregon
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington

Education
-Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
-Juris Doctorate - May, 2004
-Portland State University
-Bachelor of Science - 1999
-Major: Business Administration - Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Clark County Bar Association
-Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
-Oregon State Bar Family Law Section

Past Employment Positions
-The Richard Levin Law Group, 2009 - 2012
-The VanderMay Law Firm, 2005 - 2009

Pro Bono Activities
-Oregon Condominium Association Institute, Education Committee Member and Past Chair
-Oregon Washington Community Association Managers, EXPO Planning Committee Member
Education
  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland
    J.D.

Daniel G. Marsh

Daniel G. Marsh, a 1962 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, served as a Washington State Senator for eight years and a Washington State Representative for eight years. Mr. Marsh's practice emphasizes estate planning, probate, guardianships, and some family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Throughout the 50 years of his legal career, Mr. Marsh has prepared numerous estate planning documents, represented many divorce and personal injury clients, and has served as an arbitrator. He received the distinction of being listed as a Super Lawyer in the August/September 2000 issue of Washington Law & Politics Magazine.
Mr. Marsh is involved in several professional law organizations, including acting as the former President of the Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington and participating as a member of the Clark County and Washington Bar Associations.
In his personal time, Mr. Marsh enjoys history, politics, book collecting, bird watching, playing racquetball, and attending musical events with his wife, Linda.

Legal Assistant to Daniel Marsh:
Cindy Hutchinson joined Marsh, Higgins Beaty & Hatch P.C. in 2006 as a part time legal assistant to Daniel G. Marsh, and works with Mr. Marsh on estate planning and probate matters. Ms. Hutchinson brings over 10 years of legal experience to Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. She has attended Lower Columbia College, in Longview, Washington for general studies.

Areas of Practice
-Estate Planning
-Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
-Probate & Estate Administration
-Guardianships

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 1963
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1963
-U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1963
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1972

Education
-University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon - J.D. - 1962
-Willamette University, Salem, Oregon - B.A. - 1959
-Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Washington State Bar Association, Member
-Clark County Bar Association, Member
-Estate Planning Council of Southwest Washington, Member
Education
  • University of Oregon School of Law
    J.D.
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