Two major events in Peggy’s life caused her to change course from a highly regarded expert on federal, state and local legislation to an Elder Law Attorney, seeking to use her unique background and expertise to help others in time of uncertainty and crisis. First, in 2007, Peggy’s mother succumbed to dementia after suffering with the disease over five years. Then, in 2008, Peggy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and spent a year undergoing difficult treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. From her experience as a breast cancer survivor, Peggy developed a deep empathy and understanding of the profound physical, emotional and financial effects chronic and debilitating disease can have on our clients. From her experience with her mother, and later with her in-laws, as well as those of close friends, Peggy’s conviction grew that people in their later years need and deserve topnotch legal services to protect their assets, provide for their increasing medical needs, preserve their independence and provide for assistance when independent living is no longer safe or appropriate. A native of Maine, after graduating from law school, Peggy joined a private practice in Honolulu. She left paradise to move to Washington, D.C., to work for the Hon. George Mitchell when he was Majority Leader of the U. S. Senate. After he retired, she fell in love with Washington State, and served state and local governments here, most recently crafting legislation for King and Snohomish Counties.
Born in Seattle and raised in Tacoma, Ralph spent 35 years in building material distribution in the fields of sales, purchasing, inventory control, logistics and network administration. After retiring for 1 week, he joined Sanders Law Group as Office Administrator. His skills in marketing, business and information technology allow our attorneys to concentrate on the needs of our clients. Ralph cherishes the firm’s involvement in the Edmonds community and is a member of Rotary, the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. An outdoorsman since his youth, most weekends he goes hiking, mostly in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Ralph is also a (very) amateur photographer. He has a daughter and 2 beautiful granddaughters in the Austin, TX, area.
Nicole joined our firm as a full time associate this January.
She attended college at Western Washington University and Central Washington University. She has a BA in Sociology, a BS in Political Science, and a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.
After college, Nicole clerked for 2 years at Hart Jarvis Murry Chang, a personal injury and criminal defense firm.
Deciding to pursue a legal career, she studied law at Seattle University. Due to the influence of a friend who practiced Tribal Elder Law, Nicole took classes in Tribal Law, Estate Planning and Elder Care.
She was referred by her professor, an Elder Law Attorney, to Peggy at Sanders Law Group, where she became an intern and legal assistant while still attending law school. Because of her increased interest in Elder Law she took classes in Advanced Estate Planning and Elder Care Ethics.
During this period, she also worked part-time at Terri’s Toybox in downtown Edmonds.
Nicole received her JD and passed the Bar in 2019.
Nicole wanted to start her career at Sanders Law Group because of her commitment to elders, and because of complex and challenging cases handled by the firm. She also appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the personal, approachable, and welcoming environment of Sanders Law Group.
Nicole is a life-long Edmonds resident. She is a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Nicole enjoys kayaking and dog walking. She has a passion for animals as exhibited by her commitment to rescuing and fostering animals in need.
After spending a decade providing excellent customer service in retail merchandising, Shannon Gerlitz decided to follow her heart to work in the legal field. She completed her Paralegal Degree at Edmonds Community College and joined Sanders Law Group as Paralegal. Shannon assists our attorneys in all matters, and is often the first point of contact for clients in guardianship and probate matters. She guides clients with compassion and diligence, and provides outstanding support to our attorneys. Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, their dog, Oscar, and their goats, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Susan M. Teel, Principal of Teel & Associates, PLLC has practiced law for over thirty-five years, and is licensed to practice in Washington and California. She moved her residence to Washington in 2006, and continues to assist clients with assets, family, and business interests in both states. Susan’s principal legal concentrations are in estates and trusts. She focuses on both tax and family based estate planning, administration of estates and trusts after death and elder law planning. Her practice includes both high net worth individuals who need sophisticated tax oriented wealth transfer planning, as well as individuals of modest means whose goals are to protect their assets, and transfer them in a meaningful way to protect family and benefit the community.
As a paralegal for Sanders Law Group, Tracy brings to the firm over thirty years of vast experience in the legal field. Tracy provides support to the attorneys on all matters, particularly in the specific areas of probate, trusts, and estates. An invaluable member of the Sanders Law Group, Tracy couples substantial history in the legal profession with a compassionate and thorough approach to client service. In addition to her dynamic professional life, Tracy is an active member of her church where she serves in a leadership role for numerous groups. Tracy is an exceptionally gifted baker. She is also a trained opera singer and appeared in performances of the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Utopia Unlimited, Princess Ida and Gondoliers, and well as other local productions, including the Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma. Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, numerous pets, and very large extended family.
Chip is a Chihuahua/Terrier mix. He’s 8 years old and weighs 3 1/2 lbs. Chip was rescued 4 years ago by our paralegal Tracy Smith.
Oscar belongs to paralegal Shannon Gerlitz. He is a Boston Terrier/Pug mix: a Bug. Oscar is 6. He likes to hang out on the pillows on the couch in our waiting room.