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Richard Thomas Olson

Richard Thomas Olson

also known as R. Thomas Olson, Tom Olson

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About me

R. Thomas Olson advises clients with respect to formation of business entities and the appropriate form in which to conduct business. He also handles legal matters that businesses encounter in their operations. His practice includes ownership transition and estate planning for the principals of closely held businesses. Tom’s clients include design professionals, as well as a variety of clients engaged in water-related activities, such as fish-processing companies, fishermen, and towboat operators.

Representation of Investment Management Firm

Assisted an investment management firm in a successful proxy solicitation to gain control of an energy limited partnership. The transaction was reported in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Oil and Gas Investor. 

Entity Formation

Assisted clients who require a business entity to examine the available options and select the appropriate entity, formed the entity selected, and advised the clients regarding governance issues

Estate Planning

Created both estate plans for mid to high net worth clients with assets in California, Oregon and Washington. Planning included preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, including insurance trusts, gift trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, and various charitable split interest trusts

Gift Planning

Assisted individual clients who want to make lifetime gifts, either to charity or individuals, to examine and evaluation the various methods of making those gifts so that their tax and personal goals are met

Life Insurance Planning

Worked with clients to determine their life insurance needs, how the policies should be held and who should be the named beneficiaries; also formed irrevocable life insurance trusts and oversaw the transfer of policies to the trusts.

Probate Administration

Counseled executors through the probate process for both simple and complicated estates; assisted clients with the transfer and distribution of assets; and prepared and presented to the court all documents necessary for the probate procedure.

Trust Administration

Represented both trustees and beneficiaries in connection with on-going administration of trusts holding a variety of assets including closely-held businesses; instructed individual trustees regarding their fiduciary responsibilities and assisted them in the performance of their duties.


Practice areas


  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 19%
  2. Estate Planning: 19%
  3. Trusts: 19%
  4. Mergers & Acquisitions: 19%
  5. Other: 24%
  6. More 


Payment types:

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Contact info

Helsell Fetterman, LLP

1001 4th Avenue Suite 4200
Seattle, WA, 98154


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AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselHelsell Fetterman, LLP2013 - Present
PartnerMiller Nash2000 - 2013
PartnerReed McClure1985 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Washington’s Department of Economics, Visiting CommitteeChair2006 - 2006
Rocky Mountain College, National Advisory CouncilMember1999 - Present
Rocky Mountain CollegeBoard of Trustees1996 - 1999
Rotary Club of the Emerald CityPast President1994 - 1995
Bainbridge Island Public Library BoardPresident1993 - 1999
Rocky Mountain CollegeMemberN/A
Washington Delta Upsilon Educational FoundationMemberN/A
Glaser FoundationPresidentN/A
Rotary Club of the Emerald CityMemberN/A
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of WashingtonEconomicsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
6th Annual UW Career Discovery WeekPanelist re: Legal Careers2005
"Simple” WillsDrafting Estate Planning Documents2002