With 35 years of experience, the attorneys at McCarthy & Causseaux possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Living wills
  • Will drafting and execution
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes


Estate planning
The experienced attorneys at McCarthy & Causseaux can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about the Washington probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the
    estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the Washington probate
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Valuating the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the
  • Managing and liquidating assets as
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when

Probate disputes
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skilled mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Elder Care
Elder law is a very broad legal field.  In addition to estate planning and probate issues our experienced attorneys are here to help in the following areas:

  • Guardianship
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Health Care Directives
  • Protection of financial and individual rights
  • Elder Abuse

Call McCarthy & Causseaux at 253-272-2206 or contact us online to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.