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Richard C. Tizzano

Estate planning Attorney at Poulsbo, WA

4.3   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 31 years
    California - CA 27 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Discuss the options avialable to meet your estate planning goals. You should be able to make informed decisions about the ingredients of your estate plan.

    32 years

  2. Elder law
    Challenging life issues are part of aging. Richard can help you and your family make difficult decisions relating to long term care needs and inform you of the options to protect and preserve assets.

    29 years

  3. Probate
    An experienced guide is most helpful to assist you through the legal process of admininstering and distributing the estate of a deceased loved one.

    32 years

  4. Adoption
    As an adoptive and licensed foster parent Richard knows the process and will help guide you to the desired resolution with speed and accuracy.

  5. Guardianship
    Guardianships may be necessary to best assist and protect a loved one. Information about the alturnatives can help in making the difficult choices that come with guardianships

I am an Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney, and I also specialize in Guardianships, and Adoptions. I like to say that I practice 'happy law.' 

In 1999 I opened my own practice in Poulsbo WA and in 2010 I became a principal of the Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano, P.S. law firm. Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano was established in 1954. We are a full service law firm and pride ourselves on taking care of the needs of our clients in Kitsap County and the surrounding communities. We have 2 offices for your convenience; Bainbridge Island & Poulsbo.

I have 20 yrs of legal experience in Washington and California and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. My practice also includes Trusts Probate, Will Contests, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Business Planning, Incorporations, and LLC's.

In March 2014 I started conducting monthly Life Care Planning Seminars around the WestSound region. My seminars are designed to share & highlight the concerns of:
~ HealthCare - Learn the roles of Medicare, Medicaid & Long Term Care Insurance
~ Housing - Maintaining quality of life, Aging in Place, & Retirement Communities
~ Financial - Preserving wealth from taxes & uncovered medical costs
~ Legal - Estate Planning & Safe Harbor Trust Planning

The seminars provide solutions for a secure & successful retirement, and legal peace of mind for you and your loved ones. My goal is to proactively educate seniors & their families. There is no charge to attend. Please go to to see when I'll be in your neighborhood.

I am graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California and Seattle University School of Law. Prior to law school, I served as an ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God Church, and I have extensive experience in both the financial and commercial real estate markets. This unique background enables me to provide a compassionate, comprehensive approach to the practice of law and estate planning. 


Professional Memberships and Activities


o   BV-Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell


o   Member, Washington State Bar Association


o   Member, California State Bar Association


o   Member, Kitsap County Bar Association


o   Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce


Civic Activities


o   Puget Sound Youth For Christ/Board Member


o   Kitsap Community Foundation/Past  President


o   Poulsbo Rotary Club, Member


o   Licensed Foster Parent


o   Volunteer, Gateway Fellowship Church




o   J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, 1992

Bachelor of Science, VanguardUniversity, Costa Mesa, California, 1972


Richard C. Tizzano
19717 Front Street NE
Poulsbo, WA, 98370
Richard C. Tizzano, Attorney at Law
18887 Highway 305, Stu. 800
Poulsbo, WA, 98370
Richard C. Tizzano
241 Madison Avenue N
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110
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Posted by John | December 15, 2012
An Absolute Delight to Work With!
Two years ago my wife and I selected Richard on the strength of friends' recommendations. We very quickly realized we had chosen wisely. He prepared a complete estate planning package for us - trust, wills, durable powers of attorney for asset management and health care, and advance health directives. At first meeting he projected a quiet confidence that immediately set us at ease. From initial conference through document filing Richard was the consummate professional, knowledgeable, approachable, thoughtful, responsive, patient, and caring. His staff also exhibited those same fine attributes throughout. Together Richard and staff made our estate planning a most pleasant and productive experience. Richard brings to his practice many strengths. The ones we most appreciated were his willingness to listen carefully to what we thought were our needs, his ability to clarify a complex subject and thereby help us better understand and refine our needs, and his calm, reassuring manner of gently guiding - never pushing - us toward the products most appropriate to meet those needs. Three months ago we again had need of Richard's services. We received a panicked call from the escrow company handling the refinance of our home advising we needed to remove it from our trust 'right then' in order for the refinance to move forward to closing a few days away. I phoned Richard at 5:00 pm that day and the next morning at 10:00 am we were in his office signing the necessary documents. No muss, no fuss, just a great example of the exemplary service Richard and staff routinely provide. Richard was an absolute delight to work with throughout the entire estate planning process and again during our recent need for his expertise and services. We've already recommended him to friends and will continue to do so. I don't suppose anyone looks forward to requiring legal services, but it's comforting to know that when that time inevitably comes again we'll be able to turn to Richard for support.
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Posted by Carol | April 12, 2012
Very helpful and professional service
Mr. Tizzano helped us with my mother's estate and care planning before she began her journey into Alzheimer's. He helped us with everything we needed: wills, living wills, power of attorneys, etc. He even recommended good care facilities and answered the many questions we had. He is very informed, professional, and well-connected. We highly recommend him and will use him in the future.
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Posted by Jason | April 9, 2012
Not your "typical" lawyer
I have connections with Richard through a number of avenues, both personal and professional. I have always found him to be a wonderful, upstanding individual. He is contrary to many common beliefs about attorneys. He is kind and compassionate and is highly approachable. Richard is knowledgeable, or willing to seek out an answer or solution, if needed. Richard has assisted me personally in the areas of elder law (working with the nursing home in getting better care for my grandmother), estate planning, and a potential adoption situation. I have very much appreciated his thoughtful assistance and don't hesitate to refer my family and friends.
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Posted by kelly kortman | March 7, 2011
Professional and Knowledgeable
Been working with him for years as a financial advisor and had him establish my trust and will. Very good, proficient job. Well respected in the community.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2008
adopting was my dream and Richard helped me not expecting money up front and waited for reimburesment
He is simple and great to work with..He also takes great pics.:O)
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Has gone down hill.
Ten years ago Richard was just ok. Although recommending a Special Needs Trust for my parents' wills turned out to be an unnecessary and expensive proposition. In needing to dissolve this SNT following both of their passing, we sought a meeting with him, but had a Zoom meeting instead. He simply read our emailed questions back to us with out answering them. He was not helpful and seemed to be confused, just referring us to other associates for things we needed.
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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972


  • Kitsap County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Aging Options, Preferred Provider
  • 2013 - 2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preferred Provider, Aging Options
  • Aging Options
  • 2014


  • Kitsap County
  • Aging Options
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Older Americans Conference
  • Life Care Planning: Highlighting Concerns of Housing, HealthCare, Financial & Legal Issues
  • 2015
  • Kitsap County Estate Planning Conference
  • EP/Medicaid/Elder Law Updates
  • 2015
  • Caregiver Support Conference
  • Elderlaw Issues
  • 2014
  • Health and Senior Resource Fair
  • Elder Law / Estate Planning
  • 2013
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Poulsbo Estate planning Lawyer Richard C. Tizzano
Richard C. Tizzano
Estate planning Attorney
Poulsbo, WA
Licensed for 31 years