Eric C. Reutter

Attorney

Practice Emphasis

Estate Planning

Eric routinely advises individuals and families on a wide range of estate planning topics, including comprehensive estate plans, children’s trust planning, estate and income tax minimization strategies, and complex trust planning. Eric holds a master’s degree in taxation which allows him to also guide his clients in implementing advanced tax planning strategies such as generation-skipping transfer trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, estate tax exemption and tax basis step-up planning, life insurance trusts and grantor retained annuity trusts. Eric has been recognized by the legal community for his work in the estate planning field, and his articles on estate planning topics have been featured in publications such as the Puget Sound Business Journal, WSBA Real Property Probate & Trust Newsletter, and the King County Bar Bulletin.

Trust and Probate Administration

Eric handles the probate of wills and the administration of trusts at death. He helps his clients identify and notify the appropriate heirs, inventory and appraise the estate assets, gather and navigate the creditor’ claims notification process, and file the appropriate estate tax returns. As part of this process Eric guides his clients through their legal duties and obligations as a personal representative or trustee.

Operation and Formation of Businesses

In addition, Eric assists clients in navigating the process of forming a business entity in Washington State, with special focus on issues such as choice of entity, ownership structure, buy/sell agreements, and business tax planning. Eric has assisted business owners in creating a number of businesses ranging from tax preparation services to software app development companies.

Community Involvement

Finally, Eric is also involved in community service and community development. Prior to attending law school, Eric spent a year living in Mexico while volunteering for the community building non-profit organization Esperanza International. He is fluent in Spanish and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Esperanza International.

Education

Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation, University of Washington School of Law (2016)

Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Washington School of Law (2015)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature, University of Washington

Presentations and Publications

Estate Planning Trusts Made Simple, presenter, LawProCLE (October 2017)

The Probate Process: A-Z, presenter, LawPro CLE (August 2017)

The Long-Awaited Shakeup to Valuation Discount Planning for Family-Controlled Entities: A Brief Overview of Proposed Regulations for Section 2704, Washington State Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust Fall Newsletter, (November 2016)

Out With The Old, In With The New: Washington’s New Power of Attorney Act, King County Bar Association Bulletin (October 2016)

The Current Legal Landscape of The Death With Dignity Movement, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (July 2016)

Debunking The Myth That Life Insurance Proceeds Are Always Tax Free, blog posting (May 2016)

Living Wills: Preparing For An Uncertain Future, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (April 2016)