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About Me

Ervin DeSmet has been practicing law for 35 years, with a focus on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Guardianships and Probate. In the early part of his career, he was a tax attorney for the IRS. This background gave him the insight and understanding it takes to provide his clients with the best quality service when it comes to estate and financial matters.
Erv is the recent past president of the Washington State Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has been a member since 1999. He is also a former chairperson of the King County Guardianship and Elder Law Section of the King County Bar Association. He is active within the community and participates in many committees relative to his practice. He is the incoming President of the Woodinville Rotary Club. Erv's favorite hobbies are cycling, saltwater fly fishing for tarpon and bonefish, and square dancing.


Practice Areas

  1. Probate: 20%
  2. Guardianship: 20%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • David Simmons Roth

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Erv for many years. He is a man of honor who is consummate professional and devoted to the cause of his clients. He has a great deal of experience in trusts, estates, and guardianship, and has spoken at many legal seminars over the years on these areas. He is respectful and courteous to his clients, is empathetic, and a great communicator. Any client would be well served by having Erv and his/her lawyer.


    David Roth Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lynn St. Louis

    Ervin Desmet has been an Estate Planning colleague of mine for many years. He is knowledgeable and capable. I would recommend Erv to any potential client needing representation in Elder Law matters.


    Lynn St. Louis Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

10900 NE 8th St #820
Bellevue, WA, 98004

10900 NE 8th St #820
Bellevue, WA, 98004

Desmet & Associates

10900 Northeast 8th Street Suite 820
Bellevue, WA, 98004-4448



WAVoluntarily Resigned197807/06/2015
CAResigned 197508/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyClinton, Fleck, DeSmet & Thomson1982 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Past President2008 - 2008
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)President2007 - 2007
King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program "Advanced Issues in Elder Law"Co-chair2006 - 2006
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Secretary2004 - 2005
King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law SectionChair2002 - 2003
King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program "Advanced Topics and Issues in Minor Settlements"Co-chair2001 - 2001
King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law SectionExecutive Committee2000 - 2004
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Director1999 - 2004
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1999 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Board of Directors1999 - 2008
Washington State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration CommitteeChairman1995 - 1996
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Care Sharing MagazineUnderstanding the Legal Issues that Confront Caregivers2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Stanford UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1966
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2004 Inter-County Guardianship Guardian ad Litem trainingThe Importance of the work of the Guardian Ad Litem2004
Mediation in GuardianshipsThe Possibilities Mediation Provides to Settle Disputes2003
Critical Issues in Elder LawBest Practices for working with elderly clients.2003
Advanced Guardianship Issues llThe Benefits of Resolving Guardianship Disputes Short of Going to Trial2003