|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Washington Super Lawyer||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Washington Super Lawyer||SuperLawyers||2013|
|National Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|July 2010 Top Lawyer||Seattle Metropolitan Magazine||2010|
|Five Start: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager||Seattle Magazine||2009|
|WHO'S WHO||Strathmore's WHO'S WHO||2004|
|Owner||Ridgway Law Group, P.S.||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Ridgway and Gafken, P.S.||2008 - 2012|
|Partner||The Law Office of Mary Anne Vance and Sheila C. Ridgway, P.S.||1993 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Codicil||Editor||2008 - Present|
|Trust and Estates Dispute Resolution Act Subcommittee||Member||2005 - Present|
|KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section||Member||N/A|
|KCBA Alternate Dispute Resolution Section||Member||N/A|
|King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Member||N/A|
|WSBA Alternate Dispute Resolution Section||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||N/A|
|King County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Probate Litigation and Ethics Continuing Legal Education||Chairman||1998 - 2005|
|Robert Moss v. Estate of Shapiro||N/A|
|See all legal cases|
|The Codicil, RPPT Newsletter||Court of Appeals Sets Aside Banker's Unintentional Estate Planning||2010|
|KCBA 9th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Prosecuting & Defending Will Contests||2006|
|WSBA Trust & Estate Litigation||Remedies & Attorneys' Fees in Trust & Estate Litigation||2004|
|KCBA 5th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Claims of Unmarried Partners||2002|
|WSBA How to Probate an Estate||2001 Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes||2001|
|WSBA How to Probate an Estate||2000 Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes||2000|
|WSBA Estate Planning and Probate Litigation||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||1997|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|University of Washington||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|Continuing Professional Education Seminar||Trust and Estates Disputes Resolution Act (TEDRA)||2014|
|11th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation||Arbitration, Mediation or Both||2014|
|WSBA Tax Section CLE: International Tax and Estate Planning- What to Avoid and How to Plan for Your Clients||Trust and Estate Litigation: Estate Planning from a Litigator's Perspective and Current Issues||2013|
|Ethics for Guardians & Litigation Seminar||Introduction to Ethics for Guardians and Ethics in Litigation: When Are You in Over Your Head?||2010|
|13th Annual Probate, Trust and TEDRA Litigation||Probate and Real Property: The Parallel Universes, The Intersection Between Estates & Trusts and Real Property Issues||2010|
|Real Property Probate & Trust Meeting||Trust and Estate Litigation||2009|
|12th Annual Probate, Trust and TEDRA Litigation||Trust and Estate Litigation||2009|
|Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council||Fiduciaries and Fiduciary Management in the 21st Century||2008|
|10th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Forensic and Geriatric Psychiatry||2007|
|9th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Prosecuting & Defending Will Contests||2006|
|8th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Moderator of Ethics Panel||2005|
|Trust & Estate Litigation||Remedies & Attorneys' Fees in Trust & Estate Litigation||2004|
|7th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Claims of Unmarried Partners||2004|
|6th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Claims of Unmarried Partners||2003|
|5th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Claims of Unmarried Partners||2002|
|How to Probate an Estate||2001 Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes||2001|
|4th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||2001|
|How to Probate an Estate||2000 Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes||2000|
|3rd Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||2000|
|2nd Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||1999|
|1st Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||1998|
|Estate Planning and Probate Litigation||Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions||1997|
Posted by Helen
I was referred to Sheila by my first probate attorney because he thought I would need Sheila's litigation experience. Rather than an excruciating and expensive litigation experience, Sheila's professional acumen ruled the day, gently reining in two inexperienced and error-prone attorneys working for a hostile and aggressive beneficiary who challenged my administration of the estate. As others have noted, Sheila is able to acknowledge the emotional toll of such a challenge while gently and repeatedly bringing the client (me, in this case) back to the practical matters at hand. Aside from her own experitise, her staff is wall-to-wall wonderful, talented, and patient. Sheila also gave me excellent referrals to another terrific attorney to deal with real estate and a child's trust, and also a CPA who worked miracles. All-in-all, first class; hire Sheila.
Posted by Susan
Sheila helped me with a difficult and stressful family situation. What I appreciate most was her ability to come up with innovative, creative ideas and solutions. This allowed me to move forward with confidence in pursuing and resolving the issue rather than waiting for another party to initiate legal action. We achieved a positive outcome within a shorter time period. She kept me focused on the big picture as opposed to all the emotional details. I felt she had a high level of knowledge and understanding of the issue at hand, the law, and the best way to navigate through the process. I highly recommend Sheila.
Posted by Michele P.
It’s sad when a loved one dies how greedy and ruthless relatives can become when there is money involved. Wills, trusts and estates are complex matters and if you determine you need to hire an attorney, you really need to find the best attorney you can to represent your interests. Should you need to look at contesting a will, you need to hire an attorney who has probate litigation expertise and experience.
Sheila Ridgway was referred to me by another trust and estate planning attorney, Eric Fahlman, who did not have probate litigation expertise.
I met and hired Sheila in May 2009 and my matter was resolved in December 2009.
I highly recommend hiring Sheila if you need assistance in any will, trust, estate or probate matter that might require litigation. Sheila is sharp, responsive, communicates legal jargon in simple terms so you can understand, is compassionate, really cares about you and doing the right thing, is fair about her billing, and gets results.
Sheila is recognized as one of Washington’s leading probate litigation attorneys. She has excellent credentials. She has served as the Chair of the Probate Litigation and Ethics seminar sponsored by the King County Bar Association since 1998. She has spoken at many legal seminars on behalf of the Washington State and King County Bar Associations on estate and trust litigation and probate.
Sheila is highly regarded among her peers: Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated "Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers” and has been recognized in Seattle Met Magazine, 2010 Top Lawyer.
Most people do not enjoy dealing with legal matters or attorneys, but I can honestly say it was a positive experience working with Sheila. She’s good and I highly recommend hiring her for any will, trust, estate, or probate matter.
With sincere recommendation,