Claire E. Bellefleur

Claire E. Bellefleur

1455 NW Leary Way
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.489.5113
Fax: 206.489.5101


Primary Practice Areas

Probate, Trust and Guardianship

Title 11 Guardian ad Litem

Estate Planning

Admissions

  • All Courts in the State of Washington
  • All Courts in the State of California

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
  • B.A., University of Washington

Claire E. Bellefleur

Contract Attorney

Ms. Bellefleur is a Contract Attorney in the Seattle office of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. Ms. Bellefleur's main practice consists of representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in proceedings which fall under Washington State's Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA), as well as general probate, guardianship and trust proceedings under Washington State's Title 11 rules. These actions involve complex questions surrounding competency, capacity, undue influence, fiduciary negligence, marital and quasi-marital property, and general family disputes over property and estate administration.

Ms. Bellefleur also develops personalized estate plans for individuals and families including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, status of property agreements and other end of life documents. These estate plans are optimized to avoid unnecessary state and federal estate taxes, heavy-handed guardianships, and/or expensive court involvement in estate administration.

Representative Matters

  • Represented clients in guardianship and probate litigation proceedings including TEDRA actions, with some proceedings settling via out-of-court negotiations or mediation.
  • Defended lay fiduciaries against breach of duty claims and mitigated provable damages.
  • Assisted executors and trustees with a wide range of administrative issues arising from basic probate, guardianship, and trust proceedings including complicated accountings and distribution plans.
  • Acted as registered Title 11 Guardian ad Litem in King County Superior Court with appointments on contested and uncontested guardianship and probate matters.
  • Prepared simple and complex trusts, testamentary bequests, and supporting estate planning documents, including status of property agreements.

Professional and Community Contributions

  • Washington State Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • King County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Seattle Neighborhood Group

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