Save the Date- 2019 RPPT Midyear Meeting and Conference; June 7th - June 9th!!!!

Save the Date for our 2019 RPPT Midyear Meeting and Conference. The program will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA.


Please join the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section for its annual event where attendees will immerse themselves in the latest planning techniques and critical developments for real property and probate and trust lawyers. Attendees can benefit from programing covering a wide range of advanced level, Washington specific planning topics and will customize their leaning experience by attending specialized program tracks. Our outstanding faculty includes many of your favorite Washington speakers, as well as a number of new faces providing a fresh look at key issues in real property, probate and trust law.

Attendees can also benefit from practical guidance on current issues through a collegial learning atmosphere where networking opportunities abound and are encouraged. Some of the highlights of this year’s mid-year meeting include:

  • A thorough review of case law and legislative updates
  • An analysis of ethical considerations required to keep your practice current
  • A discussion of current events at WSBA and how they could impact your practice

Concurrent sessions focusing on hot topics in real property or in probate and trust areas will include:

  • A review of how technology may impact our estate planning practices
  • An analysis of litigation in trust and estate
  • Proposed legislative fixes for WUCIOA
  • An update on Commercial Brokerage Association forms

The 7th Annual Fun Run in honor of Scott A.W. Johnson will take place on the beautiful Spokane River along the falls. Information and the registration link is posted at 

The room block is for Friday and Saturday nights. Click HERE to reserve your room in the Historic Davenport Hotel. The Group Rate is $169/night.

Room block cutoff is May 8th after which reservations are based on availability and the room prices may increase. Guest room rates include complimentary wireless and discounted parking.

For more information on the Davenport Hotels, please visit

Stephanie R. Taylor – Randall Danskin PS, Spokane

A. Paul Firuz – KHBB Law, Seattle
Keaton G. Hille – Hanson Baker, Bellevue

11:45 a.m. Registration Opens
12:50 p.m. Seminar Begins
5:15 p.m. RPPT Section meeting
5:20 p.m. Adjourn

7:30 a.m. Late Registration Opens
8:25 a.m. Seminar Begins
12:45 p.m. Adjourn

7:00 a.m. Late Registration Opens
7:55 a.m. Seminar Begins
12:30 p.m. Adjourn

7th Annual Scott A.W. Johnson Fun Run
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Race starts at 7:00 a.m. SHARP

(Please be at start by 6:45 a.m.)
Registration link:

Race information and maps will be available at the WSBA RPPT Midyear meeting held at
The Davenport Hotel, 10 S Post St., Spokane.

In lieu of a registration fee, and before registering for the race, please donate to one of the following organizations, which Scott supported and your contribution will be in his honor.
(suggested donation is $50)
RPPT Fellows Program Opportunities

Every year, RPPT offers two opportunities to recently admitted practitioners.

RPPT's Fellowship Program promotes Section Leadership through this Development Initiative created 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. A Fellows position is available to all lawyers who are younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to the bar less than five (5) years and who have practiced in the real property or probate and trust area for at least one (1) year. This year, the Section will be naming a Probate and Trust Fellow only. More information about the program and an application is attached. The application must be returned by April 1, 2019.

RPPT also offers one annual scholarship (tuition and travel costs) to the mid year meeting and CLE which, this year, will be held in Spokane on June 7-9. The scholarship is available to lawyers who have been a member of WSBA for 7 or fewer years.

Please click here for the application and please click here for additional eligibility information.
The Nominees for the for the 2018 Real Property Probate and Trust Executive Committee Positions are listed below.  Ballots should be available in mid May.  

Real Property Council (2 open positions)

Probate & Trust Council (2 open positions)

Probate & Trust Council Director

Chris Benis

Paul Firuz

Tiffany Gorton

Clay Gatens

Sheila Ridgeway

Elizabeth Stephan


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.


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