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Sara Kiviat Berkenwald is an attorney with the Bellevue firm of JGS, where she specializes in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, taxation and charitable giving.

Sara received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington (with Honors), her law degree and master's in Business Administration from Seattle University School of Law (JD/MBA) and her LL.M (Taxation) from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to joining JGS, Sara practiced as an associate with the law firm of Isenhour Bleck, PLLC in the areas of elder law and special needs trust planning. Sara serves on the Cardozo Society of Washington State Advisory Board and the Kline Galland Home Health and Hospice Professional Advisory Board. She and her husband have two young children.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Trusts: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Emily Ann Jarvis

    I have known Sara Kiviat Berkenwald since I started practicing law five and a half years ago, and throughout that time I have found her to be a conscientious, knowledgeable and approachable attorney. I have recommended her to clients on several occasions!


    Emily Jarvis Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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  • Anna M Cashman

    Sara is a tremendous asset to the Seattle legal community. She is extremely knowledgeable in estate planning, special needs trusts, and probate matters. Sara is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone.


    Anna Cashman Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Jeppesen Gray Sakai, PS

10655 NE 4th St #801
Bellevue, WA, 98004


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Seattle University School of LawCum Laude2009
University of WashingtonGraduated with Honors2003
Honors SocietyGolden Key International Honors Society2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trust and Estates AttorneyJeppesen Gray Sakai, PS2016 - Present
Trust and Estates AttorneyIsenhour Bleck, PLLC2012 - 2016
AssociateFoster Law Offices2009 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WANAELA)Board of Directors2016 - Present
Kline Galland Home Health and Hospice Professional Advisory BoardAdvisory Board2015 - Present
King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember2012 - Present
King County Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Cardozo Society of Washington StateSecretary2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Krishna D. Vara FoundationBoard Member2001 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleMember2013 - 2014
King County Bar AssociationNeighborhood Law Clinic Pro Bono Counsel2012 - 2013
Northwest Immigration Rights ProjectPro Bono Counsel2011 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
NWLawyerFamily Medical Leave Insurance2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/ALL.M. in Taxation2013
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA2009
University of WashingtonHistoryBA2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women's Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle Board MeetingCommon Estate PLanning Documents2015
University of Washington School of Law - Elder Law CourseElder Law Attorney Practice2015
DSHS Region II Financial Case WorkersCommon Estate PLanning Documents2014
DSHS Financial Workers Region 2Common Estate Planning Documents2014
CLEBankruptcy Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Workshop2011