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Sandy J. Cairns

Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration Attorney

I’m dedicated to client education, and to helping ensure that the legacy of my clients is one that reflects their wishes and protects their interests.

Estate planning is highly personal.  It can also be complex.

My approach as an estate planning attorney is to use an open, approachable, and engaging style to put clients at ease and assist them in navigating the full spectrum of estate, personal, and family matters that must be considered to fully protect and carry out their wishes.  Commonly, in addition to a will and possibly a trust, clients will need to consider powers of attorney and gift tax planning.

Client education is always a key part of my practice, and an estate plan is personal and unique to each client.  I take the time to counsel each client to make sure that they fully understand the components of their plan.  Understanding what is being achieved by each component, how their plan will be administered, and how they can change the plan as their estate and circumstances change is of utmost importance.

Estate planning is often highly tax driven.  This is particularly true in Washington State, which not only has a low estate tax exemption limit, but also requires that affirmative action be taken to secure the full benefits of the limit available.  With an LL.M. (a Master of Laws) in taxation in addition to my law degree, I have the additional tax expertise to advise clients in highly complex tax planning.

I also assist clients with business issues such as entity selection, formation, and maintenance, contract drafting and review, real estate transactions, and drafting prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Please call the office at 425-454-3374 or email Sandy to schedule an appointment

Personal & Professional

Outside of her practice, Sandy enjoys skiing and biking with her family. With 5 children, Sandy is recognized at the office as having mastered the art of patience and diplomacy.

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Super Lawyer and a Rising Star (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Named as a 5 star Financial Service Professional by Seattle Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)

Education & Admissions

  • LL.M, University of Washington, Taxation
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., University of British Columbia (Political Science)
  • Admitted to Washington (All State Courts)

Articles & Presentations

  • Young Adults Need Powers of Attorney Documents, Too (2017), Puget Sound Journal
  • CLE Presentation: WSBA Practice Primer: Estate Planning Track One – Wills, POAs, and Health Directives (September 2017)
  • Back to Basics with the New Matrix (Spring 2014)
  • Choice of Entity (2012)
  • Estate Planning 101 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2016)

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