Washington Estate Planning Lawyer

As experienced counsel (43+ years) with a Masters Degree (L.L.M.) in taxation, I pledge to provide you with competent, prompt and courteous service. For the past fifteen years (1999-2014) I received a Martindale-Hubbell®V Preeminent Peer Review rating which represents the highest possible Peer Review rating in quality of legal work and ability and ethical standards. Having represented thousands of clients over the years as a Bellevue estate planning lawyer, I believe experience is a critical factor in making your decision in selecting an attorney.

Practice Areas: My law practice emphasizes the following practice areas: Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives), Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianship, Business and Tax Controversy.

Firm Location: My firm is located in Bellevue, Washington (over 34+ years) and my clients are usually from the Greater Seattle area including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Woodinville & Issaquah. You can use my handy contact form to contact me. Click here for my mailing address and phone number.

Get Started: This website provides an overview of each category of practice offered. Please follow the easy To Do steps to get the process started.

Estate Planning

For Estate Planning clients, responsibility and motivation are important prerequisites. The “Do Nothing” approach is generally not a satisfactory solution in today’s complex legal world. Thoughtful planning to benefit your family and other loved ones is a function of “taking care of business”. The motivation to commence the estate planning process requires a sincere commitment from the client to see the process through to completion. At times, motivation may encounter inertia-whether it be an issue with priorities, lack of understanding of the legal process and/or other factors. Your presence at this website is an important first important step. My goal as your Bellevue estate planning attorney is to provide solutions to your legal needs and provide an adequate explanation of the legal principles relevant to your situation. Estate Planning involves the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, & Health Care Directives (a/k/a “Living Wills”), Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements. For more information, please see Estate Planning.

Probate and Trust Administration

For Probate clients, the loss of a loved one is devastating. Coupled with compassion and many years of experience I help guide clients through the maze of tax and non-tax issues pertaining to estate and trust administration. Please see the Probate & Trust Administration Practice Area for more information.

Estate & Gift Tax Planning

As a Bellevue estate planning lawyer I provide assistance with Estate & Gift Tax Planning. For deceased individuals, Federal and/or State Estate tax returns preparations may be necessary. In addition, I provide assistance with lifetime gift giving issues (“gift tax planning”). Please visit the Estate & Gift Tax Planning Practice Area


For clients needing advice regarding guardianship and related matters.

Business Law & Entity Formation

For clients either starting a new business (“entity formation”) or who have an existing business and need assistance with business legal issues.

Real Estate

My practice in this area is mostly limited to clients needing assistance with the buying or selling of residential real estate either with realtor or without a realtor.

Tax Controversy

I provide tax controversy assistance for clients who are having either civil audit or collection problems with the Internal Revenue Service.

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