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The Law Office of John S Palmer is located in Bellevue, Washington, and has been providing the highest quality legal representation in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Trusts, Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning, and related matters since 1994.  John Palmer and his staff are dedicated to assisting individuals, couples, and families deal with everything from “routine” issues, such as drafting or updating a Will; to more complex matters, such as helping to create a Guardianship for a loved one suffering from dementia, or helping to protect assets of those faced with the staggering cost of paying for a nursing home or other type of long term care.  We believe that every case is unique, and deserves individual attention, not a “cookie-cutter” or “one size fits all” approach; we have a wealth of experience and legal expertise to draw on to find a solution that is right for you.


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Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    23 years
  2. Elder Law: 20%
    23 years
  3. Guardianship: 20%
    23 years
  4. Probate: 20%
    23 years
  5. Divorce & Separation: 15%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • James Marston Brown

    I have a very high regard for John Palmer and his abilities as an elder law and estate planning practitioner. I have come to know John through our professional elder law associations and his contributions to numerous elder law discussions. John is committed to assisting seniors in navigating the difficult issues they must face such as planning for incapacity, obtaining long term care without being wiped out financially and estate planning. I would have no hesitation in referring anyone to John Palmer.


    James Brown Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Lee Benjamin

    I endorse this lawyer, as Mr. Palmer did a fine job representing the wife in a dissolution matter that my client pursued. The wife was under legal guardianship during the pendency case, so Mr. Palmer had to navigate between family law and guardianship law. He did a great job advocating for an outcome that met his client's best interests. We ended up reaching a settlement through mediation at a level that was acceptable to both sides. I would recommend his services in the areas of family law and guardianship.


    Andrew Benjamin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of John S. Palmer

11911 NE 1st Street
Suite B204
Bellevue, WA, 98005



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Cert of Appreciation (pro bono volunteer)Eastside Legal Assistance Program2012
Cert of Appreciation (Volunteer, Probate Review Calendar)King County Superior Court2004
Cert of Appreciation (volunteer service to court)King County Superior Court1998
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Volunteer AttorneyEastside Legal Assistance Program2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of John S. Palmer1994 - Present
WSBA Elder Law Section SecretaryWashington State Bar Association2003 - 2004
Volunteer Attorney at Legal ClinicSenior Services1999 - 2002
Volunteer Attorney at Neighborhood Legal ClinicKing County Bar Association1992 - 1994
AttorneyHouger Miller & Stein1991 - 1994
Clerk AttorneyNew Hampshire Superior Court1990 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMember2014 - Present
East King County Estate Planning CouncilMember2014 - Present
Washington Planned Giving CouncilMember2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)Member2002 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember1998 - Present
King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law SectionMember1998 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1998 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Carovano v. McCaslinSucessfully fought appeal to Court of Appeals, challenging propriety of restraining order and judgment issued by trial court, and won award of attorney's fees on appeal.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Puget Sound Business JournalBefore You Say "I Do' Think About Estate Planning2015 BlogRetroactive Change to Estate Tax is Upheld2014 blogTrust Accountings and Incapacitated Beneficiaries2014 BlogStepchildren as Beneficiaries of Wrongful Death Claims2012 BlogNew Notice Requirements for Irrevocable Trusts2012 BlogNew Accounting and Reporting Requirements for Irrevocable Trusts2012
Connections Newsletter - Overlake HospitalPowers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives & POLST2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Franklin Pierce Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of New HampshireCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The Guardian InstituteProfessional Guardian Standards of Practice2015
Free WorkshopLong Term Care & Estate Planning2015
Eldermove AllianceEstate Planning & Elder Law2009
Eastside Aging ProvidersEstate Planning & Elder Law2009
Death With Dignity PanelWashington's Death With Dignity Act2009
Are You're Affairs in Order?Estate Planning & Elder Law2009
Are You're Affairs in Order?Estate Planning2009
Eldermove AllianceEstate Planning & Elder Law2008
Affordable AgingEstate Planning & Elder Law2008