I grew up on Vashon Island, just southwest of Seattle in Puget Sound where much of... more
I grew up on Vashon Island, just southwest of Seattle in Puget Sound where much of my family still resides. After attending Pepperdine University and NYU, I graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia with a Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in media writing. I graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, where I served as president pro tem and a member of the board of ... view profile
Sara Kiviat Berkenwald received a joint law degree and masters in business... more
Sara Kiviat Berkenwald received a joint law degree and masters in business administration from Seattle University School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. Sara received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Washington. Her practice focuses on estate planning, special needs trusts, elder law, and probate. Before joining Is... view profile
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
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.