Advocates Law Group

Attorney Jan G Zager

Jan G Zager

After graduating from Bryn Mawr College and Stanford Law School, she practiced corporate litigation at a large New York City law firm. When she and her husband adopted their second child, and she was juggling the work/life balance of raising young children, Jan became Legal Director of a non-profit educational advocacy agency in Elmsford, New York. She also maintained a private practice, representing children and adults in custody, juvenile justice, child welfare, and domestic violence cases.

Jan and her family moved to the Seattle area in 2003 after the tragedy of 9/11. Soon after, she established a small private practice advising and representing families on special education issues and related challenges associated with raising children with special needs. After her mother’s death from cancer in 2005 at her home in California, Jan exchanged distance caregiving for more in-person care management: she moved her father to the Seattle area so she could help manage his increasing dementia.

From 2006-2008, Jan trained as a chaplain, completing a residency in clinical pastoral education at Harborview/University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Her areas of focus were mental health and end of life issues. This hands-on experience of supporting families as well as professionals make complex decisions about health and finances inspired her shift to elder law and life planning issues upon her return to full-time legal practice. Drawing on her law school focus on taxation, she spent the next few years in intense study and gradually shifted her practice to elder law and then to estate planning. After a year of working for a small estate planning boutique firm, in Jan re-opened her private law office dedicated to estate planning and elder law. Jan joined Advocates Law Group in 2017, delighted to have the institutional strength of a partnership of experienced practitioners.