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Ryan M. Yoke

Ryan M. Yoke – Associate

Ryan passionately represents his clients’ interests. Since joining the firm, Ryan’s practice has focused on contested probates and trusts, real estate disputes and business conflicts. Ryan’s contested probate and trust experience includes will contests, committed intimate relationship issues, non-probate assets, Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA) cases, exploitation of vulnerable adults, fiduciary duties and undue influence.

Ryan’s real estate experience includes boundary line disputes, boundary line adjustments, easements, adverse possession, restrictive covenants, eminent domain, transactions, real estate agents, nuisances, spite fences, trespass, and timber trespass. Business disputes have included the interpretation and enforcement of contracts.

Associate of the Firm

Ryan joined Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim as an associate in September 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served one year as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court for Justices James Johnson and Debra Stephens.

Civil litigation is generally a difficult endeavor for the parties involved. A litigator’s job is to guide the client through the process, advise on the best strategy to accomplish their goals, and fight for the client in court.

Volunteer, Teaching and Work Experience

During his time in law school, Ryan participated in a broad range of service opportunities and work experiences. He joined the volunteer tax assistance program as a certified tax preparer in rural Alaska. He also taught basic legal concepts to underserved youth at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle as part of the University of Washington’s Street Law Clinic. Ryan’s experience includes working as an APR 9 intern at the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s office, prosecuting traffic infraction cases. He also worked as a summer associate working primarily in civil litigation at Ellis, Li, and McKinstry in Seattle.  Before that, Ryan worked as an intern at Brayton Purcell, an asbestos litigation firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Military Service

Before becoming an attorney, Ryan served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He deployed as a platoon leader with the 3rd Battalion 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, First Cavalry Division to Mosul and Kirkuk, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Case Summaries

In re Estate of Redfern (2014 & 2016) (Probate and Trust Litigation in King County)

Our firm represented the personal representative and trustee under the wills and trusts of her father and step-mother which left the majority of their assets to our client, including a $300,000 IRA.   Her siblings sought to invalidate the wills and IRA beneficiary designation. We won summary judgment dismissing the claims against the step-mother’s estate and IRA.  After the court administratively dismissed the remainder of the case we won a motion for attorneys’ fees and costs of more than $60,000.  When the siblings filed a second lawsuit, the court again ruled in our favor by dismissing all claims.

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