Our practice is an interdisciplinary, counseling-oriented practice offering a full... more
Our practice is an interdisciplinary, counseling-oriented practice offering a full range of estate, business, asset protection and charitable planning services that accomplish client goals. Solutions we provide include trusts, wills, LLCs and partnerships, estate & gift tax planning, estate & gift tax audits, asset protection, business planning and succession plans, and charitable plans. ... view profile
I believe that the most important service an attorney can provide to a client is to... more
I believe that the most important service an attorney can provide to a client is to really listen to the client in order to understand his or her goals. An attorney who does not grasp the client's goalswill almost certainly be unsuccessful.
W. Theodore Vander Wel was born in Newton, NJ; admitted to the bar, 1988, Washington,... more
W. Theodore Vander Wel was born in Newton, NJ; admitted to the bar, 1988, Washington, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; education: Dordt College (B.A., 1985); Drake University (J.D. with honors, 1988). Member: King County and Washington State Bar Assocation; National Lawyers Association. --- Whether before or after litigationerupts... view profile
I've written a book entitled, "Smart Estate Planning in Washington--What You Really... more
I've written a book entitled, "Smart Estate Planning in Washington--What You Really Need to Know." For more information, you can preview it at www.waltar.com Mr. Waltar was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in eastern Washington. He moved to Seattle in 1980 to attend college where he graduated from Seattle Pacific University, cum laude, earning dual degrees in English Literature an... 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.