John Creahan - Cairn Law

Estate Planning Attorney in Seattle, WA.
Our deep experience in estate planning enables us to consider each client’s unique journey.

We help donors and charities structure major and planned charitable gifts and create and manage private foundations. We help donors understand how they might leverage tax deductions to maximize their giving capacity.

We probate wills and administer trusts and estates. We strive to reduce the stress on families after the death of a loved one and help provide peace of mind. We have extensive experience helping clients work through unexpected legal issues that may arise after a death.

We provide personalized legal advice to businesses and their owners.

We help the founders and managers of tax-exempt organizations navigate the legal and practical issues surrounding the creation, operation, and winding up of nonprofit and tax-exempt entities.

When Estate Plans Fail

From pets to frozen sperm, something to think about... Nowadays more people are considering pets—and even children posthumously conceived from frozen sperm—in their estate-planning mix. Here's what you need to know.

5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes To Avoid

An easy to understand article you can pass along to your friends. Estate planning isn't one of the sexiest ways to spend your day, but it is arguably one of the most important aspects of personal finance. Don't overlook it.

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Are you a pet owner? In this month's article we talk about what you need to know to assure that your pet will be cared for during their lifetime. Pets and Estate Planning: with or without you, pets are a lifetime commitmentPosted on September 6, 2013 by John CreahanHow to ensure you pet has a good life if you die firstSeattle and the entire Puget Sound region are among the most pet-friendly areas in the U.S., and we take our commitment to gua...

Holocaust survivor dies, leaving $40M to no one

He left a no one. Holocaust survivor Roman Blum was one of the most successful property developers in New York, but he failed to name an heir to his $40M fortune.

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What if the people you thought would inherit your estate didn’t? Understanding Probate AssetsPosted on June 25, 2013 by John CreahanWhat you need to knowWhat if the people you thought would inherit your estate didn’t – simply because you weren’t advised about the difference between “probate property” and “non-probate property”? (Probate is the court-supervised le...

Washington Planned Giving Council

John will be moderating a panel on Planned Giving War Stories at the WPGC this Monday, with John Scibek from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Bill Zook from PG Calc. Register on the WPGC website. Copyright © 2013 | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use 2150 N 107th St, Ste 205, Seattle, WA | 206-367-8704


John is a long-time member of the Washington Planned Giving Council and served as President of WPGC in 2012. The mission of the Washington Planned Giving Council (WPGC) is to increase the quality and quantity of charitable planned gifts by serving as the voice and professional resource for the gift planning community of Western Washington. The WPGC is affiliated with the Partnership for Philanthropic Plann...

[06/25/13]   John is an attorney with more than 15 years experience guiding individuals, families, and businesses in legal matters related to estate planning, business law, charitable gift planning, and the formation and operation of public charities and private foundations.

Founded in March 2012

Founded in March 2012




1325 4th St, Ste 940
Seattle, WA
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