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Richard C. Tizzano

About me

I am an Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney, and I also specialize in Guardianships, and Adoptions. I like to say that I practice 'happy law.' 

In 1999 I opened my own practice in Poulsbo WA and in 2010 I became a principal of the Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano, P.S. law firm. Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano was established in 1954. We are a full service law firm and pride ourselves on taking care of the needs of our clients in Kitsap County and the surrounding communities. We have 2 offices for your convenience; Bainbridge Island & Poulsbo.

I have 20 yrs of legal experience in Washington and California and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. My practice also includes Trusts Probate, Will Contests, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Business Planning, Incorporations, and LLC's.

In March 2014 I started conducting monthly Life Care Planning Seminars around the WestSound region. My seminars are designed to share & highlight the concerns of:
~ HealthCare - Learn the roles of Medicare, Medicaid & Long Term Care Insurance
~ Housing - Maintaining quality of life, Aging in Place, & Retirement Communities
~ Financial - Preserving wealth from taxes & uncovered medical costs
~ Legal - Estate Planning & Safe Harbor Trust Planning

The seminars provide solutions for a secure & successful retirement, and legal peace of mind for you and your loved ones. My goal is to proactively educate seniors & their families. There is no charge to attend. Please go to to see when I'll be in your neighborhood.

I am graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California and Seattle University School of Law. Prior to law school, I served as an ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God Church, and I have extensive experience in both the financial and commercial real estate markets. This unique background enables me to provide a compassionate, comprehensive approach to the practice of law and estate planning. 


Professional Memberships and Activities


o   BV-Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell


o   Member, Washington State Bar Association


o   Member, California State Bar Association


o   Member, Kitsap County Bar Association


o   Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce


Civic Activities


o   Puget Sound Youth For Christ/Board Member


o   Kitsap Community Foundation/Past  President


o   Poulsbo Rotary Club, Member


o   Licensed Foster Parent


o   Volunteer, Gateway Fellowship Church




o   J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, 1992

Bachelor of Science, VanguardUniversity, Costa Mesa, California, 1972


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
    24 years
  2. Elder Law: 25%
    21 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    24 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
  5. Adoption: 10%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Richard C. Tizzano

19717 Front Street NE
Poulsbo, WA, 98370

Richard C. Tizzano, Attorney at Law

18887 Highway 305, Stu. 800
Poulsbo, WA, 98370

241 Madison Avenue N
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preferred Provider, Aging OptionsAging Options2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Aging Options, Preferred ProviderN/A2013 - 2015
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2010 - 2015
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Member2010 - 2015
Kitsap County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Kitsap CountyAging Options2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Southern California CollegeN/AN/A1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Older Americans ConferenceLife Care Planning: Highlighting Concerns of Housing, HealthCare, Financial & Legal Issues2015
Kitsap County Estate Planning ConferenceEP/Medicaid/Elder Law Updates2015
Caregiver Support ConferenceElderlaw Issues2014
Health and Senior Resource FairElder Law / Estate Planning2013
Richard Tizzano is available to speaktopics include; Estate Planning, Elderlaw/Medicaid eligibility, Guaridanships, and AdoptionN/A