Mary Anne Vance focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts,and probate. She is... more
Mary Anne Vance focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts,and probate. She is the co-author of the Probate and Estate Planning Chapters of the "Washington Civil Practice Deskbook". She chairs and speaks at legal seminars sponsored by the Washington State and King County Bar Associations. She was voted "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics Magazine and voted one of Seattle's Top At... view profile
Jenni Frere Volk was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. She also had the... more
Jenni Frere Volk was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. She also had the pleasure of living in eastern Washington for four years while attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington’s most prestigious collegiate institution. As a liberal arts college, Whitman provided Jenni with a solid foundation to become a successful, well-rounded attorney and business owner. Jenni wen... 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.
When I graduated from law school, like many idealistic law students, I wanted to... more
When I graduated from law school, like many idealistic law students, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people I served. I moved back to my home state of Washington from California in late 2010 to be with my family, nostalgic for the culture of the northwest. In California and then Washington, I worked in several different law firms in a surprisingly wide aray of practices... 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
Alexandra "Xan" Gerson's practice focuses on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate... more
Alexandra "Xan" Gerson's practice focuses on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and trust administration, business succession, and tax planning. Xan works with individuals and families to achieve their estate planning objectives. By taking the time to understand each client's family and personal relationships as well as their financial situation, Xan helps clients evaluate their optio... 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.