News from the Desk: May 2022

By May 10, 2022 No Comments

When we think of spring here in the Pacific Northwest, we think of estate planning, digital assets, and Roger enjoying a walk (below). Okay, maybe only some of us do! On April 27, Sherry helped facilitate an interactive discussion about drafting wills for families at the King County Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Personal Estate Planning for the 99%.” Participants discussed practical approaches to various hypothetical situations, including strategies to assist a client seeking to include various restrictions on trust distributions within a will’s testamentary trust for children. Next week, Sherry will join a panel discussing various estate planning-related articles published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, including her article How to Manage Your Digital Footprint After Death, at the May 18 Estate Planning Council (EPC) of Seattle’s Quarterly Dinner Meeting. If you’re a member and would like to attend, click here

This month we bid a fond farewell to a longtime teammate, Katie Christiansen, our part-time administrative and legal assistant, who has taken a full-time position in the Seattle area. We wish Katie the very best in her future endeavors! Our current office assistant, Merily McGrath, has taken on many of Katie’s legal assistant tasks as she expands her role with our firm. If you have been working with Katie, please direct your emails to, and we’ll make sure the right person sees them!

As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. If you have any questions about our firm and the work we do, please contact us or visit our website.  

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