My Story

As an attorney and counselor based in Poulsbo, I listen to my clients and their families with compassion and understanding. My mission is to help them make knowledgeable legal decisions – by providing both practical advice and intelligent, creative legal solutions.

Many of my clients are facing the challenges of their changing lives. From advising young families with minor children to helping families plan for possible long-term care, I approach every situation with respect and thoughtfulness. My clients deserve excellent counsel, tailored to their unique circumstances.

I came to the law after a rewarding career as a librarian. But the important lessons I learned as an Adult Basic Education instructor were the impetus for a change. I saw how my students’ improved math and reading skills – and the self-sufficiency those skills afforded them – changed their lives and brought so much pleasure.  But I also saw that so many of my students had legal challenges that impacted their lives even more than their shortage of skills. I wanted to make a difference.

I bring to my legal practice the patience and understanding I’ve learned as:

  • the spouse of a career military officer, also an attorney
  • the mother of three terrific adult sons and two wonderful daughters-in-law
  • the grandmother of four adorable little kids
  • a fortunate and happy beneficiary of the chance to have lived all over the world
  • a librarian, sharing a love of reading and helping others with the information and resources they needed
  • a teacher of Adult Basic Education and a volunteer ESL instructor

Education & Associations

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, M.S.
  • University of Virginia, B.A.
  • Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Kitsap County Bar Association
  • Member, ElderCounsel
Patrice White Elder Law Attorney

What to Expect at Our First Meeting

We will have a conversation. No clock will be ticking.

We will talk about you. I would like to hear about your life, your family, where you live, what kind of work you do or did in the past, and anything else you think is important for me to know about you. And I will tell you a little about myself.

We will talk about what brought you to me, what I can do for you, how I can help you solve a problem, and what kind of advice you would like from me. We will discuss what kind of solution is best for you. And I will let you know what information I need from you in order to proceed.

When you come to my office,
you will see pictures of my family.
Please bring pictures of yours.