Skellenger Bender attorneys have assisted in the formation of countless families through all types of adoption, including independent, agency-assisted, interstate, international, co-parent, stepparent, relative, adult, and foster-adopt. We enjoy the deep satisfaction of providing representation to adoptive and birth parents with dignity and respect for each of their circumstances.

 

Our attorneys are also respected for their expertise in the evolving field of assisted reproduction law. We provide advice and representation regarding known and unknown egg donor, donor insemination, and embryo donation agreements, as well as surrogacy arrangements.

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William Bender has been providing mediation and arbitration services for over 20 years with a proven track record of helping parties resolve their disputes without resort to expensive and often risky litigation.

 

He is a Panel Member for the American Arbitration Association, frequently serving on commercial litigation, simple and complex construction and international commercial matters as a sole arbitrator and on three arbitrator panels. He also arbitrates for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is chairman qualified as a "Public Arbitrator" to lead panels in these cases. He also handles cases for various mass tort arbitration panels such as the various asbestos trusts.

 

In addition to providing arbitration services, Mr. Bender provides mediation services for these organizations.

 

Mr. Bender will also accept private arbitrations and mediations in a wide variety of subject areas, drawing upon his 40 years of experience in commercial law practice. Every dispute is unique and requires an ADR process responsive to the needs of the parties and designed to achieve resolution.  Commitment to this principle is the core of this area of our practice.

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The Estate Planning and Probate practice group at Skellenger Bender understands that creating your estate plan, serving as a trustee of a trust, or serving as a personal representative of an estate can be a stressful experience. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals work to creatively and efficiently address your legal needs.

 

ESTATE PLANNING:

 

Our team is skilled in drafting:

Personal Estate Planning Documents

  • Wills
  • Health Care Directives
  • Durable Powers of Attorney for both Financial and Health Care Decisions
  • Declarations Regarding Remains

Property Transfer Documents

  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts, including Special Needs Trusts (both self-settled and third party) and pet trusts
  • Quit Claim Deeds

Tax Planning Documents

  • Credit Shelter Trusts
  • Personal Residence Trusts
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

We work with clients to document their wishes for the disposition of their estate, health care decisions, select appropriate decision makers, implement their wishes for the transfer of their property, and use lifetime gifting and estate planning tools as appropriate and allowed by law to minimize the tax burdens on their families. We understand that each planning decision should balance the benefit of legitimate potential tax savings against the client's need for financial security, simplicity, and cost-efficiency during his or her own lifetime.

 

PROBATE ADMINISTRATION:

 

Probate is the legal process for settling a decedent’s estate which includes transferring property to pay debts and distributing property to heirs and beneficiaries. Our experienced and compassionate professionals work to ensure that estates are properly and efficiently administered.

 

Our team is skilled in:

  • Explaining the probate process in Washington State.
  • Preparing any necessary documents.
  • Opening your probate in court, obtaining necessary court documents, and tracking all important deadlines.
  • Providing all required notices to heirs and beneficiaries.
  • Coordinating or handling communication between third parties such as creditors, certified accountants, trustees, real estate agents, appraisers, and others.

Trust and Estate Litigation

If a dispute arises in the administration of your loved one’s estate, our team is prepared to help.

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Our attorneys handle marital dissolutions and related property division, custody, child support and spousal maintenance matters. We also represent unmarried persons and domestic partners on matters of property rights and parenting. While we cannot eliminate the difficult transitions of separation or divorce, our knowledge and conscientious advocacy will help to address the emotional and financial burdens of family disputes, allowing our clients to feel more at ease as they move forward with their lives.

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Skellenger Bender attorneys provide legal advice and representation to businesses and individuals facing investigations and inquiries from regulatory agencies and criminal investigations and charges. Our attorneys have handled criminal matters arising out of environmental regulation, governmental procurements, import and export activities, insurance and bank fraud, health care fraud, embezzlement, currency reporting, corporate governance issues, and the full spectrum of other federal and state criminal matters. The earliest possible legal consultation and advice is prudent when a business or individual is faced with a potential regulatory or criminal investigation. If agency or court defense become necessary, our attorneys have the trial skills and experience necessary to vigorously defend our clients' interests.

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As our population grows older, the need to provide for our parents, children, and even ourselves, in the event of disability, also increases. Guardianship allows a designated individual to provide needed assistance to a family member or friend. Skellenger Bender attorneys assist clients in establishing guardianships of the person and/or estate for loved ones. We are available for immediate consultation and implementation of the most effective, but least intrusive assistance, which can range from a power of attorney designation and other directives to a full guardianship to protect financial assets and personal well-being.

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Los abogados familiares de Skellenger Bender son litigantes especializados y suele manejar asuntos complejos sobre el derecho de familia. Podemos ayudarle con casi todos los asuntos legales que afecta las familias, y lo hará con empatía y comprensión de la complejidad y dificultad de la materia. Tenemos experiencia en la resolución de los asuntos, tanto dentro como fuera de la corte, ya se trate de una audiencia impugnada, el juicio, la negociación, la mediación, la ley de colaboración, o el arbitraje. Ofrecemos una representación completa y consultas sobre cualquiera de las áreas específicas a continuación:

 

Áreas específicas de práctica:

 

  • El divorcio / separación legal y disolución
  • Disoluciones de parejas domesticas (“domestic partnerships”)
  • Modificaciones de Manutención de Menores
  • Modificaciones Plan de Crianza
  • Custodia de los hijos, incluyendo la custodia de tercer partidos
  • Comprometidos disoluciones relación íntima (socios solteros)
  • Acuerdos de parejas domesticas
  • Acuerdos prenupciales
  • Acuerdos postnupciales
  • Órdenes de Protección
  • Adopción
  • Paternidad y paternidad “de facto”
  • Temas de Derecho Familiar para la gente Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, o Transgénero (LGBT)
  • Acuerdos de Reproducción Asistida
  • Resolución Alternativa de Conflictos
  • Ley de Colaboración

Para más información o para fijar una consulta, por favor póngase en contacto con el abogado Caleb Oken-Berg: 206-623-6501.

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Skellenger Bender attorneys provide a broad range of legal services tailored to the professional practices of medical and mental health professionals, architects, and other design professionals. We take pride in continually informing ourselves on the latest state and federal regulations and ethical rules applicable to these practices, in order to assist in addressing emerging issues. Skellenger Bender attorneys also provide legal services tailored to the defense of attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Washington State Bar Association.

 

We offer our professional clients advice on issues of professional ethics and risk management, as well as representation in disciplinary and licensing matters and at mediation, arbitration, litigation, and in other dispute resolution forums.

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Trust and estate litigation may involve both legally complex issues and complicated family dynamics. At Skellenger Bender, we have an outstanding team of legal professionals that can efficiently and effectively address whatever issues arise in your legal matter.

 

Typical Trust and Estate Litigation Issues:

  • Committed Intimate Relationships
  • Will contest
  • Trust accounting discrepancies
  • Fiduciary abuse
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Pre-death disputes: issues of capacity, undue influence, elder abuse
  • Removal of Personal Representative
  • Removal of Trustee
  • Reformation of Instruments

 

Whether you are facing a dispute related to a will, trust, estate, guardianship, or fiduciary issue, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and see how we could help.

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