Sheila Conlon Ridgway

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Seattle, WA

Ridgway Law Group, P.S.
 | 701 5th Avenue, Suite 4640
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-536-2682
Fax: 206-839-5702
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (70%),
  • Elder Law (20%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Sheila C. Ridgway, owner of Ridgway Law Group, P.S., in Seattle, Washington, focuses her practice on litigating and resolving probate disputes, trust disputes and will contests. She also handles matters involving vulnerable adults, powers of attorney and guardianships, serving clients throughout the greater Seattle area, including King, Snohomish and Skagit counties.
Ms. Ridgway is recognized for her skill and experience in negotiations and dispute resolution without trial, and she has also mediated disputes under Washington State’s TEDRA law (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act). Recognized in her field by her peers and by clients, she regularly lectures on probate, trust and vulnerable adult litigation topics and she has earned a 10.0 "Superb" rating from Avvo.
Ms. Ridgway is a member of the executive committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust section and the TEDRA Litigation Subcommittee. She also serves on the board of advisors of Gonzaga University School of Law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (70%): Will Contests

Elder Law (20%)

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Sheila Ridgway

Admitted: 1984, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.ridgwaylawgroup.com/attorneys/sheila-c-ridgway/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer, 2013-2019
  • AV Preeminent Attorney Rating 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Martindale–Hubbell Peer Review Rated "Bar Registered of Preeminent Women Lawyers"
  • Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2010 
  • Estate Planning Attorney, Five Star Professional, 2013
  • WHO's WHO Award, Strathmore's Who's Who, 2004
  • Best in Client Satisfaction Award, Seattle Magazine, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Editorial Board, Washington State Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Newsletter
  • Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Past Member
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Oregon State Bar, Member
  • KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member 
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, member
  • WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member
  • KCBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Member
  • WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Newsletter, Editorial Board Member
  • WSBA TEDRA Litigation Subcommittee, Real Property & Trust Section, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section, Member
  • WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I have provided pro bono services throughout the years of my practice.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Chair of the Probate Litigation and Ethics, King County Bar Association, 1998-2009
  • Trust Estate and Dispute Resolution Act Committee 2005-2008
  • Spring Elder Law CLE:  Practical Tools to Protect Vulnerable Adults, Speaker, Practical Tools to Protect Vulnerable Adults, Washington State Bar Association CLE: Spring Elder Law CLE: Fraud in the Family, WSBA, 2018
  • WSBA Practice Primer: Estate Planning Track Three -- Probate and TEDRA, Speaker, Tedra Overview, WSBA, 2017
  • The Ultimate Guide to Probate, December 19, 2016.  Including ethical practice considerations and concerns in probate and probate vs. non-probate assets, Speaker, The Ultimate Guide to Probate, NBI, 2016
  • TEDRA, Maintaining a Balance: Probate Litigation & Ethics: Community vs. Separate Property, KCBA, Presenter, Community vs. Separate Property, King County Bar Association CLE: TEDRA, Maintaining a Balance: Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2015
  • Trust and Estates Disputes Resolution Act (TEDRA), Centralia Community College Continuing Professional Education Seminar, Presenter, 2014
  • Current TEDRA Issues and Updates, WSBA CLE: Estate Planning: Under the New Paradigm: If Not Estate Tax, Then What?, Presenter, Current TEDRA Issues and Updates, Washington State Bar Association CLE: Estate Planning: Under the New Paradigm: If Not Estate Tax, Then What?, 2014
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: Estate Planning from a Litigator's Perspective and Current Issues, WSBA Tax Section CLE: International Tax and Estate Planning- What to Avoid and How to Plan for Your Clients, Presenter, 2013
  • Arbitration, Mediation or Both, WSBA 11th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation, Presenter, Arbitration, Mediation or Both, Washington State Bar Association CLE: 11th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation, 2014
  • Teach Those Children Well: Successor Fiduciary Administration (and Litigation), The Codicil, RPPT Newsletter, 2012, Co-Author, Co-Author, Teach Those Children Well: Successor Fiduciary Administration (and Litigation), Washington State Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Newsletter, The Codicil, 2012
  • Program Co-Chair and Presenter, TEDRA: How it Works and How to Use it, Probate & Real Property: The Intersection Between Estates & Trusts and Real Property Issues, KCBA, 2010, Program Co-Chair and Presenter, TEDRA: How it Works and How to Use it, Probate & Real Property: The Intersection Between Estates & Trusts and Real Property Issues, King County Bar Association, 2010
  • Chair, Probate & Real Property: The Intersection Between Estates & Trusts and Real Property Issues , KCBA, 2010
  • Court of Appeals Sets Aside Banker’s Unintentional Estate Planning, The Codicil, RPPT Newsletter, Fall, 2010, Co-Author, 2010
  • Probate Practice, Lecturer, Probate Practice, Presentation to the Washington State Bar Association Office Of Disciplinary Counsel, 2009
  • Trust and Estate Litigation, Lecturer, Trust and Estate Litigation, King County Bar Association Real Property Probate & Trust Meeting, 2009
  •  Fiduciaries and Fiduciary Management in the 21st Century, Lecturer,  Fiduciaries and Fiduciary Management in the 21st Century, Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council, 2008
  • 11th Annual Probate Litigation, Program Chair, King County Bar Association CLE: 11th Annual Probate Litigation, KCBA, 2008
  • Chaired CLE and Presented on Expert Witnesses and Forensic Accountings, CLE Chair and Presenter, Expert Witnesses and Forensic Accountings,  Fiduciaries and Fiduciary Management in the 21st Century, 2007
  • Program Chair and Co-Presenter: Prosecuting and Defending Will Contests , KCBA 9th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2006
  • Program Chair and Moderator of Ethics Panel, Program Chair and Moderator of Ethics Panel, 8th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, King County Bar Association CLE: 8th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2005
  • Program Chair and Speaker: Claims of Unmarried Partners, Program Chair and Speaker, Claims of Unmarried Partners, King County Bar Association CLE: 7th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2004
  • Nuts and Bolts: Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Lecturer, Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Washington State Bar Association CLE: The Lawyer's Toolbox: Nuts and Bolts, 2004
  • Remedies & Attorneys' Fees in Trust & Estate Litigation, WSBA Trust & Estate Litigation, 2004
  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Speaker, WSBA, 2003
  • Ethics, Speaker, WSBA, 2003
  • Program Chair and Speaker: Claims of Unmarried Partners, Program Chair and Speaker, Claims of Unmarried Partners, King County Bar Association CLE: 6th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2003
  • Program Chair and Speaker: Claims of Unmarried Partners, Program Chair and Speaker, Claims of Unmarried Partners, King County Bar Association CLE: 5th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2002
  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Speaker, WSBA, 2002
  • Program Chair and Speaker: Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, Program Chair and Speaker, Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, King County Bar Association CLE: 4th Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 2001
  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Speaker, WSBA, 2001
  • Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Charges, WSBA How To Probate An Estate, 2001
  • Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes, Lecturer, Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Changes, Washington State Bar Association CLE: How To Probate An Estate, 2000
  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Speaker, WSBA, 2000
  • Program Chair and Speaker: Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, KCBA 2nd Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 1999
  • Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Practice, Speaker, WSBA, 1999
  • Program Chari and Speaker: Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, KCBA 1st Annual Probate Litigation & Ethics, 1998
  • Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, Lecturer, Challenges to Joint Tenancies & Other Non-Testamentary Dispositions, Washington State Bar Association CLE: Estate Planning & Probate Litigation, 1997

Newsletters:

  • Editor, 2008-2018, Codicil Newsletter

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of Washington, Communications, 1980
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701 5th Avenue
Suite 4640
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-536-2682

Fax: 206-839-5702

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