About TEDRA

Find Out More about Your TEDRA Petition

Since the Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA) came into effect, estate practitioners have had a specific framework for dealing with conflicts concerning wills, intestate estates and trusts in Washington. TEDRA provides procedures for dispute resolution, and individuals facing irreconcilable conflicts over matters of trust and estate administration can now file a TEDRA petition in pursuit of relief.

If you face one of the below situations, you will need an attorney experienced in TEDRA, even if you hope to avoid litigation:

  • Disputes as to the validity of a will
  • Disputes about the terms of a will
  • Disputes concerning the competence of the person who made the will
  • Intestate succession disputes when there is no will
  • Disagreements concerning the status of a person as an heir or beneficiary
  • Claims of a surviving spouse or child who is not provided for in a will
  • Questions as to the correct ownership of an asset that was transferred before death
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims against an executor or administrator of the estate
  • Third-party claims against estates, such as claims by creditors

How can Ridgway Law Group help you?

At Ridgway Law Group in Seattle, a substantial portion of our practice is devoted to trust and estate litigation. Our attorneys have significant experience with TEDRA's approach to dispute resolution. This experience can give our clients a powerful advantage.

Because we work with disputes under TEDRA very frequently, we know how to identify and use the methods that will best help you achieve a positive outcome. If your situation can be resolved through negotiation or mediation, we can help you develop your strongest position.

TEDRA Favors Settlement Over Trial

In Washington, a probate litigation lawyer must have strong negotiation skills. This is because TEDRA steers so many cases toward mediated and settled resolutions. In fact, the stated purpose of TEDRA is "to provide non-judicial methods for the resolution of matters, such as mediation, arbitration, and agreement…." Our experience with settlement discussions and TEDRA mediation can help you achieve your goals without the delay and expense associated with conventional litigation.

However, if mediation is not possible or unsuccessful, we know how to persuasively present your case before a judge.

Our familiarity with TEDRA can help you in cases ranging from will contests to claims against a trustee or guardian. For additional information about our experience with trust and estate litigation under TEDRA, contact us at Ridgway Law Group today.