Trust & Estate Litigation

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Civil Action or TEDRA: Know the Process for Filing Suit in Creditor's Claim

Filing Creditor's Claims 101: Basic Steps for Collecting Debt Owed by an Estate

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Family Controversy in Trusts and Estates

Court of Appeals Sets Record Straight on Fiduciaries' Role and the Scope of TEDRA

Will Contests: To File or Not to File? That is the Question

The Importance of Filing Creditor's Claims for Real Estate Lenders and Homeowners' Associations in a Challenging Economy

The transfer of wealth that occurs with the loss of a loved one can be a difficult transition.  This is especially true when there are disputes over the decedent’s estate planning, finances or the succession of a business.

Our Trust & Estate Litigation group facilitates the successful resolution of complex trust and estate disputes. 

Experienced Lawyers

Trust and estate disputes often involve a combination of business litigation, real estate transactions, and trust and estate law.  Our lawyers have deep business litigation experience, coupled with an understanding of real estate and trust and estate law.  In fact, several of our lawyers have authored chapters in the Washington Probate and Washington Real Property deskbooks. This combination is rare among general litigators and provides value to clients who need an advocate who understands this complex area of law.  In addition, many of our Trust & Estate Litigation lawyers have been recognized by their peers as outstanding lawyers.

Our trust and estate litigators also work closely with our Estate Planning attorneys.  Like our trust and estate litigators, our Estate Planning attorneys are regularly recognized by their peers as being at the top of their practice specialty.  The Stokes Lawrence Estate Planning practice as a whole received top-tier “Best Law Firm” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.  Having sophisticated and experienced estate planning colleagues in the offices next door provides a tremendous advantage when navigating complex disputes on behalf of our clients.

Because of their experience, our attorneys are able to quickly assess the strengths and weaknesses of each case and advise on the best approach, including avoiding conflict and preventing lawsuits.  By focusing on what’s best for our clients, we can often facilitate cost-effective resolutions, conserving our clients’ financial resources and reducing the emotional toll of their disputes.

Diverse and Unique Clients

We represent a broad range of clients, including individuals who have lost a family member and are facing complexities in transferring wealth, personal representatives, estate beneficiaries, trustees and high net worth beneficiaries.  Some of our clients are professional fiduciaries, who appreciate the level of sophistication we bring when dealing with beneficiaries.

Because of the wide range of clients we serve, we do not offer a one-size-fits all solution. Instead, we take a nuanced approach in resolving conflict, whether directly with the fiduciary or between the beneficiaries.  

 

News, Events & Publications

17 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named as Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Stokes Lawrence Named to 2017 Best Law Firms List

11 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

Civil Action or TEDRA: Know the Process for Filing Suit in Creditor's Claim

Filing Creditor's Claims 101: Basic Steps for Collecting Debt Owed by an Estate

Super Lawyers Names 17 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys to Top Lists

Trusts 101

Nuts & Bolts of TEDRA

9 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named as 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Stokes Lawrence Forms Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group

For Second Year, Nearly Half of Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Washington Probate and Trust Law Update

Carolyn Cairns, Shannon Jost Again Recognized by Chambers USA

The Internet and ADA: How to Make Your Website More Accessible

Stokes Lawrence Promotes Kamm to Shareholder

Stokes Lawrence Partners With Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to Aid Child Immigrants

Stokes Lawrence Named Best Law Firm for Third Consecutive Year

Avoiding Personal Liability: Advice for Owners and Managers of Privately Held Businesses

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Family Controversy in Trusts and Estates

Court of Appeals Sets Record Straight on Fiduciaries' Role and the Scope of TEDRA

Managing the Inventory; Administering the Estate Effectively

Determining if Spouse's Elective Share is a Reasonable Option; Litigating the Case in Probate Court

Filing an Estate in Probate Court

Nearly Half of Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Trust & Estate Litigation Practice Wins in Court of Appeals

Will Contests: To File or Not to File? That is the Question

2013 Real Property, Probate & Trust Midyear

Divorce, Washington Style: Exploring the Unique Financial Aspects of Marriage Dissolution

10th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar

"The Importance of Filing Creditor's Claims for Real Estate Lenders and Homeowners' Associations in a Challenging Economy"

"A TEDRA Litigator's Advice on How Best to Defend Against a Challenge to Documents You Draft"

9th Annual WSBA Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar

"Who Receives the Proceeds of Life Insurance?"

Recognition & Honors

Stokes Lawrence Named to 2017 Best Law Firms List

Super Lawyers Names 17 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys to Top Lists

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Recognize Stokes Lawrence for Litigation - Labor & Employment, and Litigation - Intellectual Property

Justo Gonzalez Named American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow

20 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Received AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking

Chambers USA Once Again Recognizes Carolyn Cairns and Shannon Jost As Leading Attorneys

8 Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America

Nearly Half of Stokes Lawrence Attorneys Named Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Carolyn Cairns, Kelby Fletcher, Karolyn Hicks and Doug Lawrence Recognized Among Top 100 Lawyers in Washington

Carolyn Cairns, Karolyn Hicks and Shannon Jost Named to Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington list

Stokes Lawrence Named to 2014 Best Law Firms List

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