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 am a United State Military Academy - WEST POINT - graduate, I served honorably in... more
I am a United State Military Academy - WEST POINT - graduate, I served honorably in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Captain, and then attended law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. I have been licensed since 1994 and focus my practice on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, and Guardianships. My office is located at 22525 - SE 64th Place, Suite 286, i... view profile
Immigration law - all family and business immigration matters, asylum, visas under... more
Immigration law - all family and business immigration matters, asylum, visas under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), consular processing Family Law - contested and uncontested dissolution; property settlement agreements Estate Planning - Wills Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorneys for Health Care and Financial Matters, Health Care Directive... 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.