Experienced Ballard Attorneys Here for You


Ruth Emily Vogel

Senior Attorney

Ms. Vogel has been practicing law for over 30 years.  She is the owner and senior attorney at Ivy Law Group providing oversight, assistance and perspective in her work with the other attorneys and staff.  This includes working with clients in all aspects of probate, estate planning, elder law and personal injury. Prior to her legal career, Ruth worked in non-profit social service agencies focusing on adoption and child abuse issues.

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 both the loss and the inevitable bureaucracy.

Guardianship:  Sometimes the only solution to caring for a dependent is the creation of a guardianship.  These can be established for a parent, disabled adult child or other dependent person.  The process to create a guardianship requires petitioning the court and creating the least restrictive and appropriate level of care.  We can help with the challenges you will face.

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 fair financial compensation.

Judy N. Shoji

Associate Attorney


Judy is native of the Pacific Northwest. She has been practicing law for the past 26 years and provides representation in all aspects of estate planning, Guardian ad Litem and Adoption proceedings. Judy graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics and received her law degree from Seattle University.

Judy has extensive experience representing clients in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Island and Skagit Counties. Judy has volunteered for the King County Bar Association 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.

Judy is a caring, experienced, intelligent, efficient and effective attorney. In addition to her legal practice, Judy is a wife and mother of three wonderful children. Judy understands the struggles and needs of families and is dedicated to providing her clients with the kind of support and guidance necessary for the best possible results.

Judy is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and the Elder Law Section of the King County Bar Association.

Business Practices


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.