Pro-Bono Opportunity with Northwest Justice Project 

 Northwest Justice Project, which provides civil legal services to low-income persons who could not otherwise afford them, seeks your probate expertise on a pro bono basis to assist its clients. NJP’s Foreclosure Unit assists clients who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. The unit sometimes finds its efforts are hampered by the fact that title to the client’s home is still in the name of a deceased parent. A common example involves a client facing a tax foreclosure who would qualify for a property tax exemption or a rescue loan but cannot obtain either because, without probate, the client does not have title to the property. Your assistance, working with NJP lawyers, can resolve that problem and prevent foreclosure. Please contact Dave Tarshes (206-707-0935) or Chelsea Hicks (206-707-0933) if you are available and interested to help.
Nominations for the 2018-19 WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Executive Committee are now being accepted.
The following positions are open:

At-large members (2 positions for Real Property)- 2 year term from 10/1/2018-9/30/2020

At-large members (2 positions for Probate & Trust)- 2 year term from 10/1/2018-9/30/2020

Probate & Trust Council Director (5 year commitment including 2 years as Probate & Trust council director, one year as chair-elect/treasurer, one year as chair and one year as immediate past chair)

If you are interested in being nominated for an open position please submit the nomination form, which can be downloaded by clicking here, along with the names and WSBA numbers of three members of the RPPT section who endorse you for the position to Jody McCormick on or before February 16, 2018. All nomination forms and endorsements should be emailed to

RPPT Section Seeks Applicants for Leadership Development Initiative Program
The WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Leadership Development Initiative Program has been developed to encourage the active involvement and participation of new and young lawyers in Section activities. The goal of the program is to give new and young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of RPPT, while developing into future leaders. Fellows participating in the program serve a two year term on the RPPT executive committee where they receive training and mentoring as well as have an opportunity to contribute to the Section’s important work and strategic planning for the future. Currently there are two open Real Property Fellow positions and one open Probate and Trust Fellow position.

Candidates must (1) have practiced in the real property or probate and trust area for at least one (1) year; (2) be younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to WSBA fewer than five (5) years; and (3) demonstrate a willingness to become a leader of the Section in the future.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and must be submitted to RoseMary Reed at via email at by March 31, 2018. 

Scholarship Applications for 2018 RPPT Mid-Year Conference now Available!

The RPPT Section is offering 4 scholarships for the 2018 RPPT Midyear Meeting CLE (June 8-10 at the Suncadia Resort). Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and must be submitted by email to RoseMary Reed at in a PDF or Word format. Applications must be submitted and received by March 31, 2018.

To be eligible the attorney must have financial need and have practiced in Washington State for fewer than 7 years; be enrolled in a JD to LLM program focused on real property, estate planning, probate or trust; or be employed by a governmental agency, a non-profit organization or Indian Tribe.

Save the Date- 2018 RPPT Midyear Meeting and Conference is Coming!!!!

Save the Date for our 2018 RPPT Midyear Meeting and Conference. The program will be held on June 8-10, 2018 at the incredible Suncadia Resort and Spa in Cle Elum, WA.


The room block cutoff is May 9th, after which reservations are based on availability and the room prices may increase.


Please call 866-904-6300 and let reservations know you are with the RPPT Conference. The room block is for Friday and Saturday evenings at the rates below:

RPPT Executive Committee has Posted a Response Letter regarding the LLLT Expansion into Estate Planning and Heath Care.
Please  click the announcements tab and select the  Response Letter regarding the LLLT Expansion into Estate Planning and Heath Care to read the letter in PDF format.

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