I graduated from Brigham Young University, receiving my J.D., cum laude, in 1985 and... more
I graduated from Brigham Young University, receiving my J.D., cum laude, in 1985 and my B.A. in American Studies in 1982. Afterward I began clerking for the Honorable Ricardo Hinojosa, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas. I grew up in Washington, and after completing my education and some work experience out of state, I returned to the Seattle area in 1987. I first worked ... view profile
My current community service activity is raising a guide dog puppy for the blind.... more
My current community service activity is raising a guide dog puppy for the blind. Our last dog two dogs we raised are now guides to people in California. Each dog is trained in basic obedience and social manners and sometimes will join client meetings. After approximately a year the puppy continues his training at the Guide Dog campus in Boring, Oregon. I also as an volunteer attorney f... view profile
I was born and raised inSan Diego. Shortly after graduating high school I moved to... more
I was born and raised inSan Diego. Shortly after graduating high school I moved to Los Angelesand attended UCLA where I majoredand earneddegrees inHistory and Political Science. After finishing my undergraduate work, my wife and I moved to Seattle where I attended Seattle University School of Law. During my coursework at SU, Irepresented juvenile defendants at the Law School's Youth Advo... 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.