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Staff

Ruth Emily Vogel

Senior Attorney

Ms. Vogel has been practicing law for the last 28 years and provides representation of clients in all aspects of family law, probate, criminal law, estate planning, and personal injury. Prior to her legal career, Ruth worked in non-profit social service agencies focusing on adoption and child abuse issues.

Family Law: Ruth combines social service experience with strong litigation expertise to assist clients facing divorce, separation, parenting and custody disputes. Her goal is to help the client through the stressful legal process and achieve the best results for their family.

Estate Planning: In these evolving times of medical science and legal rights Ruth maintains a current knowledge of the law for our clients who need health care directives, wills and other estate planning documents. Ruth has given presentations on estate planning and is passionate about the need for preparedness.

Probate:  Fortunately, Washington State has a relatively straightforward probate process.  Ruth has advised clients in their role as executor/personal representative both in cases with a Last Will and Testament and those without a valid will.  When you are coping with the loss of a member of your family or a friend Ruth is accessible to help you deal with the inevitable bureaucracy.

Personal Injury: Combining a thorough background in vehicle and traffic laws with negotiation and litigation experience, Ruth assists clients who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions.  Her priority is to encourage you to acheive full medical recovery and financial compensation.


Matt J. Werter

Associate Attorney

Mr. Werter is originally from Long Island, New York. He completed his under-graduate degree in business management at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2005. In 2012, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an attorney. He attended Touro Law School in New York and graduated in 2015.

Following law school, Matt moved to Seattle with his wife, Ashlee, looking to start a family and begin his legal career.

Matt currently practices in estate law, probate and personal injury law and volunteers at the Central District Neighborhood Clinic helping people who cannot afford legal help. As a new father, Matt understands the importance of family and planning for their future. He is determined to apply this focus to helping others plan for their families to ensure that they are well protected.


Judy N. Shoji

Associate Attorney

 

Judy has been practicing law for the past 23 years and provides representation in all aspects of family law and adoption. Judy received her law degree from Seattle University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Judy has extensive experience representing clients in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Island and Skagit Counties.

In her spare time, Judy has volunteered for the King County Bar Association Family Law Neighborhood Legal Clinic from 2006-2014 and for the Self Help Plus Clinic since 2014. Judy was named King County Bar Association Volunteer of the month in October 2014.  In her free time, Judy likes to cook, hike, and travel to Hawaii as often as possible!

 


Meghan Limegrover

Paralegal

 

Meghan is new to the legal world, but is excited to learn and expand her understanding of the law, especially in matters of personal injury. Meghan is a Texas transplant and a graduate of Texas A&M.  She enjoys horticulture and is inspired by the variety of flora in Washington.  The food, the music and the people of Seattle are just a few things that make this city her home.  We are very happy to have her join us at Ivy Law group!


Business Practices

Confidentiality

All matters relating to your case are confidential.  We will not share your information with anyone outside our office without your consent.

Billing Practices

We work hard to be as efficient and effective as possible. We prepare invoices about the 25th of each month. The invoice is mailed to you. It shows the amount of time we have each spent on your case that month. A more itemized invoice is always available upon request. A couple of days after invoicing we transfer money from your trust account (in which your retainer was deposited) and “pay” your invoice. You are then sent a statement which will show the amount you have remaining in your trust account. It is our goal to provide as much information to you as needed to keep you apprised of your account with us.

Office Hours and Communications

Our office is normally open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We also have a mailbox where you may drop documents after hours. Please feel free to call us whenever you have not only a specific question or problem but also when you merely have a question or need advice. If it is during business hours and we are unavailable when you call, please make sure to leave a detailed message when you call and we will return your call promptly. After office hours, we have an answering service that answers our phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The answering service will take your detailed message and page it through to our cell phone.

File Retention

During your case, we will amass numerous documents. It is our practice to send you copies of all documents, letters, correspondence and pleadings that we receive or produce, file and/or send out. The purpose of sending you copies is to keep you informed as to the status of your case. Applicable law may forbid attorneys from providing copies of certain items that may be in a client’s file, such as police reports. At the conclusion of your case, we will close your file. You will have the option of requesting additional copies of documents, but you should already have a complete set. We typically keep records for approximately five years. After five years, we shred all documents containing personal information protecting you and your privacy.