When I opened my own law firm in 2013, I knew I wanted to improve peoples’ daily lives, and that I wanted to practice law differently. In most areas of law, though, the traditional legal system does not allow for “different.”
So I created my own kind of law firm.
As a mother of two young children, I have experienced first-hand the sense of relief that comes with knowing my affairs are in order and my children will be in good hands if anything should happen to me, or to me and their dad. As a daughter, I understand the anxiety and difficulties that arise when our aging parents start needing our help—whether they want it or not. And as a citizen, I understand how important it is to protect the things that we (and our families) invest so much into, both financially and emotionally—from our jobs to our homes to our investments.
As estate and elder care planners, our number 1 goal is to gain your trust and become your “go to” place for family-centered estate planning, special needs and long-term care planning. We want to earn your trust as counselors and advisors—not just document preparers. Most of all, we want to give you that sense of relief that comes from knowing your family is protected.
And as plaintiff’s attorneys, we seek to protect vulnerable adults, landowners, consumers and employees from deceptive, discriminatory and predatory practices.
Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to building a relationship with you.
Hollie Del Vecchio, Ph.D.
owner / attorney-at-law
I am a second-career attorney who started Adaptive Law Firm PS so I could offer legal services my own way. I pursued my law degree following a nearly ten-year academic career in urban planning and land use policy, and now apply my problem-solving mentality to a mixed practice of estate planning and elder law, and land use and civil appeals. I also place high value on contributing to my local community. I represent my home district (District 3) on the Skagit County Planning Commission, and am a volunteer attorney with the Community Action Concrete Clinic. I serve as a member of the board of directors for the Padilla Bay Foundation and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
I earned my J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2011, where I emphasized agricultural and natural resources law, and my Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2001. I also hold a B.A. in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University’s Huxley College in Bellingham, Washington. I am licensed to practice law in Washington and Montana. And although I no longer teach, I am honored to have earned tenure as a professor within the California State University system.
If I am outside the office, I am probably hanging out with my kids Owen (age 5) and Zoe (age 3), running the amazing trails of Skagit County, baking gluten-free goodies that I may or may not share with others, or listening to podcasts on how to become a better attorney.
Lynn Bacus | paralegal & probate technician
Lynn has served many of the clients of Adaptive Law for 35 years, as a paralegal with the Mount Vernon-based law firm of Youngquist & Betz. She is an essential member of our team, and we are so fortunate that she has decided to stay with us!
Lynn grew up in Seattle and graduated from Shoreline High School. She went on to Metropolitan Business College, and was then hired by the Seattle School District to work with the administrator of the Head Start Program. She worked for the school district for two years and then moved to Sedro-Woolley to raise her family. While raising her family she went to work for Youngquist & Betz until Colonel Betz retired in 2016, at which time she transitioned over to Adaptive Law.
When not working, Lynn can be found working on DIY projects at home, visiting with family and friends or enjoying quiet time with a good book.
Kristen Brandt | office administrator
When you call our office, you will most likely get Kristen. She is an experienced administrative assistant and estate planning services manager, not to mention super helpful and friendly. Kristen grew in Skagit County and graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. After living in Seattle and Kirkland for many years, she returned to beautiful Skagit Valley and is glad to call it home again.
When Kristen is not working, you may find her spending time with friends and family, or perhaps listening to elder law shows on the radio.
Anna Harmon | legal assistant
Anna Harmon started with us as a temporary employee, and we simply could not let her go. She provides back-office support for our entire team. She is our go-to person when technology lets us down. Anna holds a B.S. in Business Management and enjoys applying her detail-oriented, problem-solving nature to our legal practice.
She is proud to call the Skagit Valley her home, and lives in Sedro Woolley with her husband, son, and three smelly cats. When she isn’t working, you can usually find her gaming (both video and tabletop), creating art or music of some kind, or stressed out over an eBay auction trying to add to her large collection of music memorabilia and vinyl records.