Betts Austin

Attorneys

Bellevue's premier estate planning law firm.

History

Founded in 1995, Betts Austin is one of the Northwest’s premier estate planning law firms.  With over 100 years of combined legal experience in planning complex trusts and estates, our approach to the estate planning process permits us to efficiently represent just about anyone who has estate planning needs.

We also represent clients in matters of federal, state and local taxation. Whereas our preference is to assist our clients in planning for the minimization of their taxes, we are often engaged to represent clients before federal, state tax authorities.

Planning for business formations, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, rounds out the suite of legal services that Betts Austin offers. Whether you are just starting a business, or getting ready to sell a mature business and retire, Betts Austin is available to assist you.

Conveniently located in Bellevue's central business district, Betts Austin represents clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 
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Attorneys

 
 
Tim

📩 taustin@nwtaxlaw.com 
 (425) 450-3307

Timothy L. Austin

Mr. Austin's practice emphasizes estate planning and probate, tax planning for individuals and businesses.  In addition, he represents clients in matters of business formations, acquisitions and reorganizations.  He is also of counsel to AERO LAW GROUP, PC where he advises clients with regard to state, federal and international tax issues involving the purchase, ownership and sale of business aircraft. Tim earned his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

A Washington native, Mr. Austin has practiced in the Seattle area since 1975, first as counsel for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard while an officer in the Navy’s JAG Corps, then as a Certified Public Accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG), and thereafter as a partner with the law firm of Graham & Dunn.  Tim is also a former Mayor and Council member of the City of Mill Creek, and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of BECU Trust Company. He is also a former member of Golden Gate University’s Graduate Tax Program faculty.  

Mr. Austin is a member of the Seattle Estate Planning Council and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

 

Education

•University of Florida Levin College of Law,LL.M., Taxation 1981
•University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1975
        Order of the Coif
•University of Washington Foster School of Business, B.A., magna cum laude, 1972
        Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

•Washington State
•United States Tax Court
•United States District Court, Western District of Washington
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Activities & Affiliations 

•Seattle Estate Planning Council
•King County Bar Association
•Washington State Bar Association
      Tax Section
      Real Property Probate and Trust Section
•Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants

 
 

 
 
 
Tim

📩  rbetts@nwtaxlaw.com
  (425) 450-3305

Robert I. Betts

Rob Betts has been in the private practice of law for almost 50 years. His practice emphasizes tax and estate planning, as well as the transition of ownership of closely held businesses. Rob is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He also has substantial experience dealing with Washington State business and occupation taxes and sales and use taxes. He has represented a number of large national and multinational corporations, as well as closely held businesses and their owners. Rob also has handled complex estate and trust disputes and has represented many clients at the administrative level and in U.S. Tax Court, Superior Court and Federal District Court.

Rob earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

 

Education

•University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1968
      Member and Associate Editor, Washington Law Review
      Order of the Coif
•University of Washington B.A., 1965

Bar & Court Admissions

•Washington State
•United States Tax Court
•United States District Court, Western District of Washington
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Activities & Affiliations

•Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ACTEC")
•Washington State Bar Association

 
 

 
 
 
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📩cstakset@nwtaxlaw.com
 (425) 450-3317

Cindy J. Stakset

Ms. Stakset’s practice focuses on estate planning, tax planning for individuals and businesses, probate, and preparation of estate tax returns.

Ms. Stakset earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington.  She received her Juris Doctor degree, with Honors, from the University of Washington and was named to the Order of the Coif as one of the top graduates in her law school class.  While in law school, Ms. Stakset served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review.  Ms. Stakset earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Washington Foster School of Business

Raised in the Seattle area, Ms. Stakset joined Betts Austin in 2000.  Ms. Stakset’s estate planning practice involves reviewing clients’ estates and devising gifting and estate planning strategies that provide for wealth preservation and efficient asset distribution, much of which is tax driven.  Ms. Stakset develops strategies to help clients best protect assets, minimize taxes, accomplish desired transfers, and minimize disputes after death.  In addition to advising clients as to lifetime and testamentary gifting strategies, Ms. Stakset also assists clients with the preparation and filing of federal gift tax returns.

Ms. Stakset’s tax planning practice includes advising individuals on business and tax matters, reviewing and preparing contracts, and preparing and filing formation documents for S-corporations and limited liability companies.  Her practice also includes advising business entities on a wide variety of matters.

Ms. Stakset’s probate practice is focused on advising and assisting administrators during the probate process.  She assists administrators with making required filings, paying estate creditors, and distributing assets in accordance with the decedent’s will or intestate law.  She also advises clients on a wide variety of issues that arise in the probate process.  In addition to advising clients during the probate process, Ms. Stakset also assists clients with estate administration matters and the preparation and filing of federal and state estate tax returns.

 

Education

•University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., 2001
•University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2000
      Order of the Coif
      Associate Editor-In-Chief, Washington Law Review
•University of Washington Foster School of Business,B.A., magna cum laude, 1997

Bar & Court Admissions

• Washington State

Activities & Affiliations

•Washington State Bar Association