Since graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1984, Sheila Ridgway has... more
Since graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1984, Sheila Ridgway has concentrated her practice in litigation and the mediation of trust, estate, elder abuse, and guardianship matters. Sheila has served as Chair of the KCBA Probate Litigation and Ethics seminar since 1998, has spoken at many WSBA and KCBA legal seminars on estate and trust litigation and probate, and is an appointe... view profile
I've been passionate about helping seniors and their families since 1993 when I had... more
I've been passionate about helping seniors and their families since 1993 when I had the opportunity to help two families protect long held real estate from the costs of long term care for one of the patriarchs. Since then my practice, and now my firm, have developed into a practice exclusively focused on elder law.
An experienced estate planning and probate attorney, Kristinas practice involves... more
An experienced estate planning and probate attorney, Kristinas practice involves analyzing, preparing, and helping clients implement estate plans. She also counsels clients on charitable giving, prenuptial agreements, estate and gift tax issues, estate and trust administration, and guardianships. She represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in negotiating settlements of trusts and estates, as w... view profile
Focuses practice on estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney,... more
Focuses practice on estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and high net worth tax planning. Probate and trust administration. Advises individual and corporate fiduciaries in their roles as trustees and executors. Represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate litigation. Admitted to practice in Washington State, the U.S. District Court for t... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.