Heidi focuses on all aspects of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and... more
Heidi focuses on all aspects of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on personal planning for high net worth families and individuals. Heidi's practice also focuses on charitable planned giving for families and individuals and advising tax-exempt organizations with respect to incorporation, board structuring and education, federal and s... view profile
My practice is limited to estate administration and related estate litigation. I... more
My practice is limited to estate administration and related estate litigation. I accept appointments as a professional fiduciary for difficult estates or when the previous fiduciaries have been disqualified during the course of litigation within the estate. I also serve as an expert witness infiduciary litigation.
Liv Wernecke is a shareholder with more than 30 years experience at Betts Patterson... more
Liv Wernecke is a shareholder with more than 30 years experience at Betts Patterson Mines, he heads the Estate Planning and Probate practice area and also is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group. Mr. Wernecke’s practice covers estate planning, succession planning for closely held business, real estate and investment entities, compensation and retirement arrangements, pr... view profile
George specializes in business law, tax and estate planning. He graduated with... more
George specializes in business law, tax and estate planning. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington where he also received his law degree and an MBA (finance/accounting). George is general counsel to over 300 corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, as well as many individuals and families. His practice includes formation, operation and liquidation of ... view profile
Jim chairs Ryan, Swanson Clevelands Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor practice... more
Jim chairs Ryan, Swanson Clevelands Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor practice group. He counsels employers (regionally and internationally) and individuals on a wide variety of employment-related issues, including employment agreements and severance packages. Jim represents clients with employment matters in a range of industries. These matters include: Employment Discrimination ... view profile
An active attorney and inactive Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Waldbaum regularly... more
An active attorney and inactive Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Waldbaum regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Washington Department of Revenue. He has more than thirty years of experience in the tax field. Mr. Waldbaum joined LeSourd Patten in 1971 and is a past president of the firm. He is also a past president of the Washington State Bar Association's T... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.