Our diverse team of attorneys specialize in a variety of legal representation. We are committed to providing the highest levels of service in the following areas:
Our attorneys provide counsel to individuals and companies on a variety of business matters. Our goal is to blend sophistication with a practical approach focused on finding real world solutions. Areas in which we commonly provide counsel include:
- Business formation and structuring;
- Corporate governance;
- Employment law; and
- Purchase and sale agreements
Our attorneys also have extensive experience in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial contracts.
Our attorneys draw on their industry knowledge, efficient project management, business acumen, and ability to take complicated, high-stakes commercial cases to trial to help clients resolve disputes quickly and effectively.
We represent plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation. We leverage our strong trial skills to provide our clients with resolutions to a broad scope of business and commercial disputes.
Proper estate-planning ensures that your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes and can also reduce or eliminate estate taxes upon your death. We provide a wide range of estate-planning services including:
- Simple and complex wills;
- Durable Powers of Attorney;
- Health Care Directives;
- Revocable Living Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts;
- Asset protection planning;
- Business succession planning;
- Special needs trusts;
- Family limited liability companies;
- Charitable trusts and foundations; and
- Business succession planning.
Regardless of the size of your estate, our attorneys can assist with your estate-planning needs.
The firm’s litigation practice includes the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate controversies.
- In the estate context, this includes representing personal representatives and beneficiaries in will contests, removal actions and general probate disputes.
- In the trust context, this includes representing trustees and beneficiaries in any action brought by or against a trustee as well as pursuing trust modification or termination proceedings, removal actions and lawsuits to compel trust accountings.
There is no substitute for experience, whether defending a fiduciary charged with personal exposure for handling a trust or estate, or representing a plaintiff in a will or trust contest. Our team achieves consistently strong results for clients in disputes involving wills and trusts. Our attorneys with estate planning, probate, trust and tax experience work together with the firm's litigators in a manner that allows the firm to bring a unique set of skills to the problems its clients may face in these areas.
If a loved one in your life is unable to manage his or her own personal or financial affairs, the court may need to appoint a guardian. Our attorneys can assist you in petitioning the court to appoint a guardian. Upon filing a petition for guardianship, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem who will investigate and provide a report to the court on the necessity of a guardianship. It is possible your loved one will only need a limited guardian, someone to help with either financial matters or personal matters. Alternatively, your loved one may need a full guardian to handle all matters. In either event, if the court determines your loved one is incapacitated, a guardian will be appointed and will assume responsibility for the incapacitated individual and account to the court, usually on an annual basis.
Our attorneys efficiently and effectively assist residential, commercial, and mobile home park landlords regain possession of their property. On most occasions, our firm’s work on behalf of a landlord is done on a flat fee basis so that our clients only pay for the work necessary to regain possession. Our rates are competitive.
While most individuals hope to age independently in the comfort of their own homes, as individuals age, it is not uncommon for them to need more care than they can provide themselves. Our attorneys are here to assist you with planning for the care you or your spouse may need. Whether you need assistance applying for Medicaid now or preparing for care needs in the future, we can help. Medicare rarely pays for long-term care and long-term care is very expensive. Qualifying for Medicaid is often the answer. You should consider your potential care needs, and the care needs of your spouse, when you are creating your estate plan, and the earlier you start your planning, the more options you will have. We can assist you with maximizing your assets for you and your family while helping you obtain the care you need.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or have catastrophically lost a loved one, our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the claims process. It is important to know your rights when dealing with both the at-fault party’s insurance company and your own insurance company.
- We fight hard on your behalf to make sure you get the care you need and are fairly compensated for you or your loved one’s injuries.
Often times we are able to resolve your claim without starting a lawsuit. However, if an insurance company is not taking your injury seriously, we will file a lawsuit and be zealous advocates on your behalf. Although most personal injury cases settle short of trial, our experienced attorneys are ready and willing to take your case as far as is necessary to get you the compensation you or your loved ones deserve for the injury suffered.
Washington has an inexpensive and short probate process. Probate is a procedure by which a deceased person’s property is accumulated and distributed. If a person has a Will, the assets are distributed in accordance with its terms. If a person does not have a Will, property is distributed in accordance with the law of descent and distribution. Intestate distribution follows the Legislature’s view of how a typical person would want property distributed. It creates priorities and shares among spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents and others. If a person does not have a Will, that person’s property does not go to the State of Washington except in very unusual circumstances.
A probate is commenced by filing a petition in the Superior Court and obtaining the appointment of a personal representative. The personal representative (formerly an executor or executrix) collects assets, considers creditor’s claims, pays taxes and other bills, and distributes the assets of the estate. The procedure is not difficult, but most personal representatives want the assistance of an experienced attorney in working through the process.
In Washington, the attorney’s fees are based on the time devoted to the probate, and the hourly rate of the person doing the work. In our office, attorneys meet with clients, go to court, assist the personal representative with decision making, and supervise the entire probate process. We also have excellent paralegal support that deals with the day to day processing of a probate at less than an attorney’s hourly rate. Having a paralegal process a probate also ensures that it will be done in the least amount of time.
In some cases, disgruntled heirs or creditors may sue the personal representative for various reasons. An heir may also try to have a Will set aside if he or she believes it was produced as the result of undue influence or because the person making the Will lacked legal capacity when it was executed. Such claims are hard to win, and if a judge finds that the claim was not made in good faith, the person contesting the Will can be ordered to pay the estate’s attorney’s fees and litigation costs. Our firm has been involved in several such cases and recently prevailed at trial and through appeals in the Washington State Supreme Court in a Will contest.
Disputes can also be resolved under the terms of the Trust and Estates Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA). Rather than file a lawsuit, a person can file a petition under TEDRA. The matter is then referred to arbitration or mediation. Procedures such as this often shorten the duration of and reduce the cost of probate litigation.
Our attorneys represent a broad array of clients in complex disputes involving real property throughout the Puget Sound. We combine deep knowledge of all aspects of the real estate industry with expertise as skilled and experienced trial attorneys to handle a wide variety of real estate related litigation, including disputes involving title claims and title insurance, mortgage actions, foreclosures, lender liability, zoning and entitlements, commercial and residential leases and related agreements, and fraud and breach of contract.
Abuse of elderly and disabled individuals, including financial exploitation, is a growing epidemic. Washington has adopted specific laws to protect vulnerable adults from abuse. A vulnerable adult includes anyone who is 60 years of age or older who has the functional, mental, or physical inability to care for himself or herself, anyone who is found incapacitated in a guardianship proceeding, anyone who has a developmental disability, anyone who is admitted to any facility, or anyone who is receiving home care or hospice care. Whether you are the vulnerable adult yourself, or are concerned about a vulnerable adult, our attorneys can help you obtain a vulnerable adult protection order with victim’s restitution.