After over a decade as a litigator with the State of Washington and one of the top... more
After over a decade as a litigator with the State of Washington and one of the top 100 largest law firms in the United States, Michael G. Ballnik joined Phinney Estate Law as a partner in 2009. While heexcelled as a litigator, Michael made the move to an estate planning practice in order to use his extensive legal background for the benefit of individuals, families, and small businesses and to ... view profile
I take great pride in developing meaningful relationships with my clients. Whether... more
I take great pride in developing meaningful relationships with my clients. Whether handling due diligence matters related to the acquisition, financing, permitting and construction of a 300,000 sf mixed-use project or organizing the small estate of a couple married for 60 years and counting, I strive to provide every client with practical and effective service.
Ballard attorney Geir T. Jonsson provides estate planning and transactional legal... more
Ballard attorney Geir T. Jonsson provides estate planning and transactional legal services in a friendly and cost-effective manner. Areas of practice include: wills and trusts, living wills, living trusts, financial powers of attorney, medical power of attorney, probate, and taxation. The Jonsson Law Firm, PLLC is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. We will travel thr... 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.