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William Pearson Made Shareholder of Foley & Foley

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (July 19, 2010). The law firm of Foley & Foley, P.C., announced this month that William Michael Pearson has been made a shareholder of the firm. Mr. Pearson’s practice will continue to focus primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, and post-mortem trust administration.

Foley & Foley, established in 1987 by the husband and wife team of Richard H. Foley, Jr. and Susan Behlke Foley, is one of the pre-eminent estate, business succession, and wealth transfer planning firms in the Pacific Northwest.

"Bill has been an important part of our practice since he arrived here six years ago," said Richard Foley. “We are pleased that he will continue to serve our clients for years to come.”

Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Pearson is a graduate of Lathrop High School. Pearson received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Idaho and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he also served as a law journal editor.

Pearson joined Foley & Foley in 2004 as an associate, after clerking for Superior Court Judge Michael A. Thompson in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Currently, Pearson is a member of the Anchorage and Alaska Bar Associations and is on the board of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Alaska Bar Association and President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association. In addition, Pearson has served as director of Race Judicata, an annual running event to raise funds and awareness for Anchorage Youth Court.

Pearson has also presented locally on the topics of estate planning and probate law, including in 2009 at the Alaska Bar Association’s annual convention on trusts and estates; in 2007 before the Alaska Bar Association on The Basics of Basic Wills; in 2007 for Lorman Education Services on Post-Mortem Trust Administration; and in 2006 before the Alaska Bar Association on Alaska’s Special Estate Planning Techniques For You and Your Clients. Pearson has also presented at the Wealth Counsel National Convention on Alaska community property law.

The commitment to education shown by Pearson is integral to Foley & Foley, which offers its own estate planning workshop as a public service. For more information on Foley & Foley, visit their website at www.foleyfoley.com.

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