I have nearly 25 years of teaching, counseling, design and drafting experience in... more
I have nearly 25 years of teaching, counseling, design and drafting experience in the following practice areas: Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts Business Formation and Succession Deferred Compensation Planning Probate and Trust Administration Income and Estate Tax Planning Estate Litigation Business Litigation Real Estate Transactions Wealth Transfer Planning Charitable Planning ... view profile
I practiced as a CPA in Idaho for 11years handling mostly tax matters, including... more
I practiced as a CPA in Idaho for 11years handling mostly tax matters, including significant estate planning matters, before heading to law school. Since receiving my Juris Doctor degree, I have practiced mainly in the estate planning and probate areas. During the last 20 years I have successfully completed hundreds of estate plans from simple Wills to complex trusts. Tailoring a proper estate ... view profile
Maureen A. Wickert is a solo practitioner located in Tukwila. Wickert Law Office... more
Maureen A. Wickert is a solo practitioner located in Tukwila. Wickert Law Office works with clients in the areas of elder law, probate, estate planning, special needs, guardianships, trust administration, Medicaid planning, and real estate. Maureen is a board member of WSBA’s Law Clerk Committee. She also volunteers for KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Renton, Elderlaw Clinic in Kent, Kinshi... view profile
I am a father of five wonderful children. I have been married to my beautiful wife... more
I am a father of five wonderful children. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 11 years. I enjoy working on various projects in and out of the house. This of course, is much to the chagrin of my wife, who patiently bears with me and then helps me call someone, who knows what they are doing, to come fix myfix later on.
My 34-year old law practice emphasizes complex probates, trusts and guardianships,... more
My 34-year old law practice emphasizes complex probates, trusts and guardianships, estate planning and business transactions. My probate, trust and guardianship practice has included the representation of hundreds of parties in probates, trusts and guardianships and mediation and litigation related thereto. I am a frequent speaker on these subjects to members of the Washington State Bar and the... 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.