Updated: March 18, 2021

Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

The mission of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association is to assist members in achieving the highest standards of competence, professionalism and ethics in their practices; to assist the Legislature in the enactment and improvement of the laws affecting real property, probate, trusts and estates; to assist the judiciary in the just administration of those laws; to support the WSBA with regard to those matters which concern the practice of law in the areas of real property, probate, trusts and estates and to otherwise serve our members by helping them realize their professional goals.

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Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications:

  • At-Large Member – Probate/Trust (two positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • At-Large Member – Real Property (three positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, click here to review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process: Notice of the request for nominations from the membership of the Section for the upcoming open positions on the executive committee shall be posted on the Section website no less than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the scheduled election. The notice shall state the following requirements for nominations from the membership: (a) nominations must be received by the identified member of the nominating committee no less than ninety (90) days prior to the scheduled election (and such year's deadline date shall be contained in the published notice); (b) the nomination must be endorsed by three (3) members of the Section and must state the name and Bar number of the nominee and the position for which he or she is being nominated; (c) the nominee must be a member of the Section; and (d) the nomination must contain a brief written statement of the nominee's qualifications for the position. The executive committee and nominating committee may nominate individuals, and these nominations must also conform to the requirements of (a) through (d) above. Within thirty (30) days following close of the nominations period, the nominating committee shall forward the names of the nominees complying with the foregoing process along with any additional nominees identified by the nominating committee to the Chair. The names of all nominees shall be posted on the Section website at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual election of the Section.

Alternate Nomination Process: All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Member Benefits

Find more information and member benefits on the RPPT website.

The Section's two list serves are administered by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. If you are a section member, you can subscribe by visiting the the RPPT Section's website and clicking the "For Members" tab. Look for the list serve tab. Please enter your RPPT section login credentials to access this page and on the page you will see instructions for subscribing to the list serves.

* Please note that some member benefits are password protected. Please contact the section's webmaster to receive the password.

Executive Committee

ChairBrian Lewis

Chair-Elect & Secretary/TreasurerTiffany Gorton

Immediate Past ChairStephanie Taylor

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Harman K. Bual

Board of Governors Liaison*: Peter "P.J." Grabicki


Emeritus: Michael Barrett*

Webpage EditorMichael Safren*

Assistant Webpage Editor:

Stephen R. King*

Newsletter Editor: Jessica Cohen*

Assistant Newsletter Editor: Sharon Rutberg*

Fellows (Real Property):

Keaton Hille*

Tom Lee*

Fellows (Probate and Trust):

Manpreet Kaur*

Yonicio Hernandez*

Probate and Trust Council

Director: Anna Cashman 
Jessica Carr (2019-2021)
Elizabeth Stephan (2019-2021)
Maggie Lassen (2020-2022)
Lindsey Weidenbach (2020-2022)

Real Property Council

Director: Devin McComb 
Jemima McCullum (2019-2021)
Anna Revelle Stock (2019-2021)
Chris Benis (2020-2022)
Keaton Hille (2020-2022)

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general Section questions, send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the Section, please contact Section Chair Brian Lewis.