Peterson Spuller, PLLC

Your peace of mind is our top priority
  • Over fifty years of combined experience in estate planning, guardianship, probate, and elder law
  • Located on Bainbridge Island since 2005, serving and supporting families and fiduciaries in Kitsap, Jefferson, and King Counties
Peterson Spuller, PLLC
Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship, Kitsap & Jefferson County

What We Do

Estate Planning

We thoroughly and thoughtfully analyze your needs and goals and provide expert advice about the estate planning tools that will best help you.  These may include:

  • Wills
  • Testamentary and Revocable or Irrevocable Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Pre and Post Marital Agreements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Healthcare Directives.  

We will draft an estate plan tailored to your unique situation that will advance your goals and maximize the protection of your loved ones while adhering to your values.  The plan we create will seek to transfer your assets efficiently, minimize estate taxes and, where necessary, preserve a loved one's eligibility for benefits. 

Guardianship and Conservatorship

We have represented individuals involved in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in various roles on hundreds of occasions and can help you determine whether a guardianship or conservatorship is the best option or if there are less restrictive alternatives available that will still protect your loved one.  We can:

  • Help you seek appointment as guardian and/or conservator
  • Seek the appointment of a professional guardian or other fiduciary
  • Pursue Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders to keep your loved one safe from abuse or exploitation
  • Take the necessary steps to put a viable alternative in place, including supported decision making and protective arrangements.  

We also represent numerous families and professionals who have already been appointed guardian or conservator, and assist them when unusual circumstances arise as well as with their ongoing reporting obligations to the Court.

Probate and Trust Administration

We help families navigate the probate process to ensure it goes as smoothly and quickly as possible, even if your loved one passed away without a will or other estate planning document in place.  We will open the probate with the Court, have the Personal Representative (sometimes called the Executor) appointed, and make sure all the necessary notices are given and documents filed, then provide expert advice as you go through the process of paying the decedent's final debts and distributing their assets.  We can also tell you whether a probate is even necessary and help you take the required steps to conclude their affairs without a probate where possible.  We also represent Trustees, including professional fiduciaries, as they collect, manage, invest and distribute assets held in Trust.  When a loved one passes away with assets held in Trust, the Trustee's job is not unlike the Personal Representative's role.  We can guide you as you take on this responsibility and help you avoid any costly missteps.

Elder Law

Elder law is an umbrella term that simply means applying a variety of legal expertise toward the same goal: helping seniors successfully navigate the issues unique to them and their stage of life.  We provide seniors and their families with compassionate, sound advice regarding planning for incapacity, maximizing their retained assets, affording long term care, safely retaining as much independence as possible for as long as possible, and protection from elder abuse.  While many firms provide estate planning and probate services, not all of them do so with a solid knowledge of how these practice areas intersect with the needs of the elder population.  We do.

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About Peterson Spuller, PLLC

Peterson Spuller, PLLC combines big city experience and expertise with a small community touch. Every client has their own story and unique decisions to make for themselves and their family. Our personalized approach is designed to meet your specific needs and goals. We are:

  • Compassionate — We treat our clients with compassion and sensitivity; we understand that you may be reaching out to us for assistance at some of your most difficult and emotional moments.  We have guided dozens of families through the estate planning, probate and guardianship processes, and are empathetic to the challenges you are facing.  If you can't come to us, our attorneys can come to you if necessary.
  • Effective — We carefully assess your particular situation in order to develop the best strategy to accomplish your goals. We work hard to achieve your desired outcome in a cost-efficient manner.  We stay current; whether it is the looming changes to the estate tax rates or the recent overhaul of the guardianship statutes, our attorneys are up to date on the changes in the laws that affect our clients.
  • Experienced — With a combined 50-plus years of experience, our attorneys have built a reputation for consistently providing high-quality legal representation to our clients. We have prepared hundreds of wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents, each tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual client. 

Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship Legal Team

Meet the team

Our attorneys

Susan Spuller

Susan's practice focuses on estate planning including the drafting of wills and trusts, guardianship, probate, trust administration and trust litigation. A native Iowan, Ms. Spuller received her B.B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1992 and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995. She moved to the Seattle area immediately after law school and has lived on Bainbridge Island for more than 15 years.  She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. ​ Ms. Spuller has been named a “Rising Star®” by Washington Law & Politics magazine. She has authored several articles for presentation at seminars for legal professionals and for laypeople, including: “Understanding Rights and Responsibilities for Students With Disabilities” (with Stacy Gillett), “Special Education Cases and the Award of Attorneys Fees,” and “Long Term Care Options: Costs and Funding Alternatives.” ​ Ms. Spuller enjoys the opportunity to engage in interesting and challenging work. When she is not working for her clients she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, two children, and their menagerie of pets and is an avid reader and cook.

Paulette Peterson

Paulette has practiced in the areas of guardianship, estate planning, probate and litigation related to those areas for over 25 years. After working for 17 years in downtown Seattle, Paulette moved her office to Bainbridge Island where she continues her same focus providing quality legal services throughout Kitsap County. ​ Ms. Peterson was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. When not practicing law she enjoys spending time with her husband and 5 children. Paulette is active in the community of Bainbridge Island. She is the former chair of the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation and currently serves on the board of Helpline House. She volunteers time with Kitsap Legal Services and Therapy Dogs International for which she is the Vice Director of the newly formed local chapter. She and her Certified Therapy dog, AJ, enjoy visiting local nursing homes, schools and libraries.

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