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Your Author: Richard Wills



Member of Washington (1990) & California (1979) Bar Associations.


Member of Volunteer Probate Panel for King County Superior Court,
 serving as the intake attorney for its Probate Contempt Calendar
(most of its patrons having received an Order to Show Cause,
 compelling their attendance) & often for its other calendars:
Minor Settlement, Probate & Guardianship Review, and Trust.


Volunteer for Guardianship Monitoring Program for King County Superior Court,
reviewing guardianship pleadings, advising petitioners or counsels of record
as to deficiencies therein, suggesting remedies for statutory compliance, and
specializing in languishing, messy, contentious, or abusive guardianships.


Certified as a Washington Title 11 (guardianship & probate) Guardian ad Litem,
acting as "the eyes & ears of the Court," investigating especially guardianship
matters, reporting one's findings, and making recommendations to the Court
& as a King County Superior Court Mediator regarding
estate, probate, guardianship, and trust matters.


An attorney who has practiced virtually all of his legal
career exclusively in the area of estate planning and probate,
administering and litigating Decedent's, Conservatorship/
Guardianship, & Trust estates from insolvency to in excess of $500M
(family owners of major LA film & entertainment studio).


Author of professional legal articles and lecturer for CEB/CLE
legal seminars for California and Los Angeles County Bar
Associations in area of estate planning and probate.


Recipient of Superior Court referrals and appointments as
counsel for personal representative, conservator, conservatee,
guardian, or ward and as Guardian ad Litem for conservatee or ward
(often playing an unofficial role as a "Probate Public Defender" or
a "Probate Prosecutor").


Ex-president (elected) of gift- & death-tax and estate planning bar group
(in excess of 500 members) of LA County Bar Association.


Ex-trustee of Estate Planning & Probate and
Tax Sections of LA County Bar Association.


Ex-member of Estate Planning, Probate, and Tax Panels of
LA County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.


Ex-Director of the Los Angeles equivalent of the Seattle Aquarium.


Ex-academic scientist and faculty member (Caltech & UCLA Medical School).



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