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About me

As a professional, I not only endeavor to provide the highest quality service to my clients, but I also try to give back to my community by working on legislation and serving various professional and charitable organizations. I believe that estate planning is about people - it is planning for yourself and those people and organizations you care about. I do most of my estate planning work on a fixed fee basis and I do not charge for the initial meeting with a client.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 85%
    27 years, 800 cases
  2. Probate: 15%
    27 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($325/hour), Fixed (always)

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  • James William Minorchio

    I have worked with Mr. Burkart on several matters over the years and have always found him to be insightful and capable. Mr. Burkart is of the highest integrity.


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Contact info

Kutscher Hereford Bertram Burkart PLLC

705 - 2nd Avenue
Suite 800
Seattle, WA, 98104


AZInactive 198807/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer Estate PlanningWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Estate PlanningBest Lawyers in America2010
Five Star Customer Satisfaction Wealth ManagerN/A2007
AV RatingN/A1999
Order of the CoifArizona Chapter, Order of the Coif1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKutscher Hereford Bertram Burkart - KHBB Law2009 - Present
OwnerGarvey Schubert Barer1990 - 2009
AssociateFennemore Craig1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gift and Estate Planning Council Central Washington UniversityMember2009 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2000 - Present
Seattle Estate Planning CouncilMember1995 - Present
Washington Planned Giving CouncilMember1992 - Present
Washington Estate and Gift Tax Committee Member1991 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
RPPT Section of Wash. State Bar Assoc.Chair - Executive Committee2009 - 2010
University of Washington Planned Giving CouncilChair2008 - 2010
RPPT Mid-Year MeetingCo-Chair2004 - 2004
RPPT Section of Wash. State Bar Assoc.Member - Executive Committee1999 - 2001
University of Washington Planned Giving CouncilMember1995 - 1997
American Diabetes Association - Washington ChapterMember - Planned Giving Committee1991 - 1994
Publication nameTitleDate
WSBA Estate Planning DeskbookEditorial Board Member2005
UnknownI'll Be Dead By Then, Who Cares?2002
WSBA Life Insurance Trust Deskbook (2nd. Ed.)Editorial Board Member2002
UnknownNew Proposed Regulations for the Generating-Skipping Transfer Tax; You'd Better Watch Out1993
Real Property, Probate and Trust JournalPersonal Residence Trusts1992
Washington State Bar Association DeskbookIrrevocable Trust Agreements Model Forms and Annotations1992
Arizona Law ReviewComment: Grandparent's Right to Intervene in Dependency Hearings: a Further Advance of the Best Interest of the Child?1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Fordham UniversityMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ethics for Estate PlannersEthics2009
2007 Annual Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning for the Rest of US2007
Ethics for Estate PlannersEthics for Estate Planners2005
Business Succession Planning in WashingtonCurrent Developments in Family LLCs and FLPs2005
Federal and Washington Estate Tax ReturnsPreparation of Returns2004
Business Succession Planning In WashingtonCurrent Developments in Family LLCs and FLPs2004
Probate In WashingtonHistory and Overview of Probate Laws2001
Generation Skipping and Estate Planning for IRAsGeneration Skipping Planning2000
RPPT Mid-Year MeetingIntentionally Defective Grantor Trusts "A Dick and Jane Approach"1999
RPPT Mid-Year SeminaIrrevocable Life Insurance Trusts1998
The Estate Planner's GuideGifting Strategies to Reduce Federal Taxes1997
CLE by the SeaHow We Would Plan Bill Gates' Estate1997
Vashon CLEOverview of Estate Planning1996