Updated: Feb. 14, 2024

Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

The Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section assists members in achieving the highest standards of competence, professionalism, and ethics in their practices. The Section is composed of legal professionals whose practices span the areas of real property, trusts, and estates. The Section’s governance structure includes two separate councils: the Real Property Council and the Probate and Trust Council.

The Section provides benefits to members by annually sponsoring several CLEs in each discipline, as well as hosting an annual midyear meeting with both joint and concurrent presentations. The Section produces a number of newsletters each year with in-depth articles on recent developments, pending legislation, and case law updates. The Section hosts an active website and list serve for each discipline providing numerous resources and current information. The Section also assists the legislature in the enactment and improvement of the laws affecting real property, probate, trusts, and estates, and assists the judiciary in the just administration of those laws.

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The Real Property, Probate and Trust (RPPT) Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about member benefits, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as info about RPPT's Executive Committee.

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Member Benefits

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Executive Committee Meetings

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Upcoming Programs

NEW! 2024 Midyear Conference Scholarship

The WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section is providing scholarships to attorneys or students whose employers do not reimburse for the cost of attending CLEs. If the employer has a policy of paying a percentage of the registration fee, the attorney may be eligible for a partial scholarship for the balance of the midyear tuition and/or travel expenses.


  1. An attorney who has been a member of the Washington State Bar for 7 years or less;
  2. A student pursuing a JD or tax LLM who demonstrates a strong interest in pursuing a career in the practice of real property, estate planning, or probate and trust law; or
  3. An attorney employed by a governmental unit, non-profit organization or Indian Tribe.

Scholarships with include: tuition for the Midyear CLE, reimbursement for travel expenses, and means subject to WSBA reimbursement guidelines. (For details regarding WSBA reimbursement guidelines please see the second page of the WSBA Expense Report Form.)

For more information or to apply see the 2024 Midyear Conference Scholarship Application. Applications must be submitted by April 12, 2024.

NEW! Leadership Development Initiative Program

The WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Leadership Development Initiative Program has been developed to encourage the active involvement and participation of new and young lawyers in Section activities. The goal of the program is to give new and young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of RPPT, while developing into future leaders.

RPPT Fellows:

  • Serve a two-year term
  • Author or co-author an article for the RPPT Newsletter
  • Co-chair a CLE program during the first year
  • Have an opportunity to speak at a CLE during the second year
  • Are assigned to work with a member of the executive committee, who will serve as a mentor and help expose the fellow to all aspects of the committee membership
  • Attend executive committee meetings and open sections nights

Application Process
The Leadership Development Initiative appointment is for two years. To be considered for selection, a person must: (1) have practiced in the real property or probate and trust area for at least one (1) year; (2) be younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to the bar less than five (5) years; and (3) demonstrate a willingness to become a leader of the Section in the future. Fellows must be RPPT members.  Subject to WSBA fiscal and RPPT reimbursement policies, all Fellows will receive reimbursement to attend all Section meetings.

For more information or to apply, see the Leadership Development Initiative Program Application and Instructions. Applications must be submitted by April 12, 2024.

NEW Webcast! 21st Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar

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Presented in partnership with the WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Join us online for this program, created for estate planning attorneys and probate litigators. Understand the unique concerns and issues that present in these cases and learn from colleagues throughout the state attorneys on how to prevent fights, settle them amicably, or litigate if needed. Gain helpful instruction and tips to develop tools and approaches to better serve your clients and their varied needs.

When: April 11, 2024

Time: 8:25 a.m.–4 p.m. PDT

1.00 Ethics
5.00 Law & Legal Procedure

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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 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.

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Executive Committee

ChairAnna Cashman (2023-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Devin McComb (2023-2024) 

Secretary/TreasurerNathan Smith (2023-2024)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Taylor Haines (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Todd Bloom (2023-2024)


*Nonvoting member



Emeritus*: Annie Fitzsimmons

Webpage Editor*Kristy Hoad

Assistant Webpage Editor*: Michael Safren

Newsletter Editor*: Stephen R. King

Assistant Newsletter Editor*: Michael Safren

Fellows* (Probate and Trust):
Andrew Benson
Steven D. Matyas

Fellows* (Real Property):
Maria Gaydos
Matthew Reinikka

Probate and Trust Council

Jessica Aurelia Carr (2022-2024)

Council Members:
Hans Juhl (2022-2024)
Saul Tilden (2022-2024)
Sarah Bowman (2023-2025)
Brent Williams-Ruth (2023-2025)

Real Property Council

Keaton Hille (2023-2025)

Council Members:
Emily Harfouche (2022-2024)
John Sharp (2022-2024)
Carl Rubinstein (2023-2025)
Nathan Luce (2023-2025

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Executive Committee Meetings

Please contact committee 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 Anna Cashman.

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