Jennifer C. Rydberg

Jennifer C. Rydberg

Sole Practitioner since May 31, 1978
Location:
Kent, Washington
Phone:
425-235-5535
Fax:
253-852-0400
Email:

JENNIFER C. RYDBERG is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (BS Chemistry, 1973) and the University of Puget Sound School of Law (1977). Her family oriented law practice includes estate planning, trusts, trust administration, guardianship, probate, non-probate procedures, and family law.  A trained mediator, she brings creative problem-solving tools to her clients, such as collaborative law procedures, unbundled legal services, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and other cost-effective solutions to her clients, along with traditional legal services.  She helps clients obtain information and organize their affairs so that clients can make good legal decisions for themselves and their families, guided by factual data and an understanding of the laws that affect them.  While minimizing clients' expense and conflict, the highest standards of quality and integrity are maintained. 

Wills
Living Trusts
Powers of Attorney
Probate Administration

Giving back to the community from which we all benefit is an important value. Ms. Rydberg belongs to numerous professional and civic organizations, and is presently on the Board of Directors of the South King County Estate Planning Council and the South King County Bar Association. She is a former President of the Tahoma School District Board of Directors and served on the Board of Directors of DAWN (Domestic Abused Women's Network), Kent Youth & Family Services, Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety, Rainier Symphony, and Tahoma Schools Foundation.

Ms. Rydberg resides in South King County with her husband. Both of their sons are Eagle Scouts, and their entire  family is thrilled with the recent birth of their first grandson. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities, tailoring, classical violin and fiddling, and traveling.  The Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America recognized her with the Silver Beaver Award, and she currently coaches Life Scouts as they become Eagle Scouts.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1978

Areas of Practice

  • Estate planning & Probate
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Guardianships
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Education

  • University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
    • J.D. - December, 1977
  • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
    • B.S. cum laude - August, 1973
    • Major: Chemistry

Published Works

  • 2006 Washington Family Law Deskbook, Chapter 57, Emerging Concepts in Legal Services: Unbundled Legal Services, Washington State Bar Association, 2006

Representative Clients

  • Families

Classes/Seminars

  • The Real Story About Client Relationships, Preadmission Education Program, South King County Bar Association & Washington State Bar Association, 2010 - Present
  • Living Trusts, Washington State Bar Association, August 23, 2007 - Present
  • Unbundled Legal Services -- How do attorneys deal with this new and growing concept; Why do clients want it; Successes to achieve and pitfalls to avoid, Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Mid-Year Meeting, 2004 - Present
  • Unbundled Legal Services, Washington Family Law Reporter, 2003 - Present
  • Setting up a Family Law Practice and Operating on a Low Budget, Best of CLE, Washington State Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Basics of Family Law -- When a New Client Walks in the Door ... What do you do next?, Washington State Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Retirement Plans & Divorce -- What Professional Advisors need to know, Eastside Estate Planning Council, 1999 - Present
  • Essentials of Client Intake and Evaluation, 1998 - Present
  • Mediation Training, Basic and Advanced, Northwest Mediation Service, Seattle, WA, USA, 1996 - Present
  • Family Law, Guardian ad Litem training, King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, USA, 1995 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Silver Beaver, Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, March 31, 2011 - Present
  • District Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, July 19, 2007 - Present
  • American Assoc. of University Women, Named Gift Honoree, June 5, 2004 - Present
  • Washington State School Directors' Association, Leaders Circle Award, 1994 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AAUW (American Association of University Women), Member, past SE King Co. President, 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1978 - 1992
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, Silver Beaver Award, March 31, 2011, 1987 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, Merit badge counselor, 1992 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, Foothills District, Eagle Scout Advancement Committee, 2003 - Present
  • Domestic Abused Women's Network (DAWN), Board Member, 1997 - 1998
  • East King County Bar Association, Member, 1995 - 1997
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Member, January 31, 2009 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of South King County, Charter member, Director, 2010 - Present
  • FLOCK, Family Law Officers of the Court, King County, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Kent Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1986 - 1989
  • Kent Youth & Family Services, Associate member, Board of Directors, 1984
  • King County Bar Association, Member, May 31, 1978 - Present
  • Maple Valley Cub Scout Pack 712, Committee Chair & Den Leader, 1988 - 1994
  • Maple Valley Cub Scout Pack 715, Committee Chair, 1986 - 1987
  • Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety, Commissioner, April 22, 2010 - November 30, 2011
  • Rainier Symphony, Violinist, Concertmaster, Principal 2nd, & Board of Directors Member, 1980 - 1996
  • Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise, Member, 2002 - 2011
  • Soroptimist International of Kent, 1979 - 1984
  • South King County Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • Tahoma School District, Board of Directors Member, President 1 Year, 1991 - 1995
  • Tahoma Schools Foundation, 1988 - 1991
  • Voice of Tahoma Education (V.O.T.E.), Co-Chair, 1988 - 1990
  • Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, 2005 - 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, May 31, 1978 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • U. S. Attorney, Seattle, WA, Law Clerk, 1976 - 1977

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Family Law Settlement Conference Moderator, 1996 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, 1987 - Present

Languages

  • English (Primary)