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Beau James Ruff

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

Beau is a local to the Tri-City Area. He grew up working for his father at Ruff’s Giant Burgers. He graduated from Kamiakin High School and attended Gonzaga where he obtained both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree. After graduating law school, Beau entered the U.S. Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served for four years, including a year-long tour to Iraq for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition to his service as a military prosecutor in the Army, Beau also focused his talents in providing estate planning for soldiers, retirees, and families.


 


After leaving the active duty military, Beau obtained a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington, allowing him to incorporate specific tax advice into his estate and business planning practice.


 


Beau continues to serve in the military as a Major in the Army Reserve. He enjoys assisting his clients with their personal and professional financial affairs. He is passionate in his practice of preserving wealth and offering creative solutions to estate and business planning problems.


 


Beau has also been a Continuing Legal Education instructor for the Washington State Bar Association on several occasions and is regularly a speaker for various professional organizations as well as the quarterly End of Life seminar sponsored by the Kadlec Foundation. His presentations focus on estate planning, probate, trusts, and business and family succession planning.


 


Beau is married and has one son.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Probate: 30%
    160 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    12 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
    12 years, 500 cases
  4. Business: 20%
    12 years, 160 cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Audrey S Cromwell

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Audrey Cromwell Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles B. Cromwell

    Beau is one of the most skilled, thorough, and dedicated estate planners I have encountered in my years of practice in the field.

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    Charles Cromwell Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

2415 W Falls Ave
Kennewick, WA, 99336-3068

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200307/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent Ratingmartindale-Hubbell2015
Bronze StarU.S. Army2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLeavy, Schultz, Davis, Clare & Ruff, P.S.2008 - Present
MajorUS Army JAG Corps2003 - Present
AttorneyFluor Hanford General Counsel's Office2003 - 2003

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Kennewick City Planning CommissionChairman2012 - 2015
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMember2009 - 2012
Rotary ClubN/A2009 - 2011
Tri-Cities Estate Planning CouncilPresident2009 - Present
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationPresident2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Tri-Cities Area Journal of BusinessNon-Compete Clauses A Key to Protecting Long-Term Profitability2015
Tri-City Area Journal of BusinessOrganizational Documents are Imperative for Entrepreneurs When Starting A Business2015
Tri-City Area Journal of BusinessThe New Estate Tax Regime in Washington State2015

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawAdvanced Course Completion2009
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2008
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawBasic Course Completion2004
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Gonzaga UniversityBiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Monthly MeetingBasics of Wills and Probate2014
Judge Advocate Officer Advanced CourseProfessional Responsibility for Army Attorneys2014
Judge Advocate Officer Advanced CourseWill Drafting2014
Kadlec End of Life SeminarEstate Planning and Probate2011
Washington Young Lawyers Division (Local)Choice of Entity Planning2010
Tri-City Estate Planning CouncilThe Offensive Four-Letter Words of Estate Planning2010
Business Law ClassBusiness Organization Planning2010
Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Express CLEBasic Estate Tax Planning Tools2009
Benton Franklin County Bar Association MeetingTiered Equity and the Professional Service Corporation Buy In2009
International Armed Conflict TrainingLaw of Armed Conflict2006
Government EthicsEthics2005