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 - 2020
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 also mediates 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
    • 70%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 20%Elder Law
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

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

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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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, 2013-2020, 2020
    • AV Preeminent Attorney Rating 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, 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", Peer Review Rated "Bar Registered of Preeminent Women Lawyers", Martindale - Hubbell, 2019
    • Estate Planning Attorney, Five Star Professional, 2013
    • Best in Client Satisfaction Award, Seattle Magazine, 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2020
    • Oregon State Bar, Member, 2020
    • King County Bar Association, Member, 2020
    • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, member, 2020
    • WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee, 2020
    • WSBA TEDRA Litigation Subcommittee, Real Property & Trust Section, Member, 2020
    • WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member, 2020
    • KCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member , 2020
    • KCBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Member, 2020
    • WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Newsletter, Editorial Board Member, 2018
    • KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section, Member, 2020

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Editor of the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration in Washington Deskbook, Editor, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration in Washington Deskbook, WSBA, 2020
    • 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, Trust and Estates Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA), Centralia Community College Continuing Professional Education Seminar, 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
    • 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
    • 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, 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, 2013
    • 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, Court of Appeals Sets Aside Banker’s Unintentional Estate Planning, The Codicil, RPPT Newsletter, 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
    • Prosecuting and Defending Will Contests, 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, Presenter, Remedies & Attorneys' Fees in Trust & Estate Litigation, WSBA Trust & Estate Litigation, 2004
    • Ethics, Speaker, Ethics, 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: 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
    • Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Charges, Presenter, Overview of Recent Legal Developments and Other Charges, WSBA CLE: How To Probate An Estate, 2001

    Newsletters:

    • Editor, 2008-2018, Codicil Newsletter

    Educational Background:

    • University of Washington, 1980

    Industry Groups

    • Fiduciaries
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    701 5th Avenue
    Suite 4640
    Seattle, WA 98104

    Phone: 206-536-2682

    Fax: 206-839-5702

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