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Colonel F. Betz



Firmwide Chair, Family Office Services Practice

Colonel Betz focuses his practice on personal, tax and estate planning for individuals and families as well as the representation of fiduciaries in estate and trust administration. He advises clients on a broad range of basic and sophisticated estate planning strategies, estate and trust administration issues, probate, estate and trust dispute resolution matters, and the preparation of gift and estate tax returns. His practice includes planning for executives, business owners and multigenerational families, as well as philanthropic planning. He also assists individuals with the preparation of prenuptial agreements.

Professional Recognition

  • Received the Five Star Professional Award – Overall Satisfaction, 2007 - 2012
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2002 - 2012
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 - Present: Trusts and Estates - Estate Planning, Fiduciary Duties, Gift Planning, Probate, Tax, Trust Administration

Professional Leadership

  • University of Washington Estate and Gift Planning Council
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle 

Related Employment

  • Whatcom County Public Defenders Office, Bellingham, WA, Legal Intern, Summer 1998
  • Price Waterhouse LLP, Seattle, WA, Tax Consultant, Summer 1997
  • Price Waterhouse LLP, Seattle, WA, Staff Accountant, 1995 - 1996


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Washington, B.A., Business Administration and Accounting, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington