Skip to main content
Michael T Kleps
Avvo
Pro

Michael T Kleps

Practice areas:

Probate, Trusts, Elder Law, Estate Planning

About Me

I accept cases regarding Estate Planning, Estate and Trust administration and Elder Law.

I am also a member of the following professional organizations:

- Whatcom County Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
- Elder Law Section of the WSBA
- Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section of the WSBA
- Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council

- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Elder Service Providers

More 

Languages Spoken: Spanish

Photos and Videos

36122 1290100522

36122 1290100676

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    8 years, 200 cases
  2. Elder Law: 25%
    8 years, 200 cases
  3. Trusts: 25%
    8 years, 100 cases
  4. Probate: 25%
    8 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($225/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • David M Neubeck

    Although Michael and I were opposing counsel, he was pleasant to work with and had a real understanding of the legal and human issues involved with the case.

    More 

    David Neubeck Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Henri S Vanderhage

    I have known Michael since law school. He is thorough in his understanding of the law, and is good at explaining difficult concepts. His personality makes him a very easy person with whom to work. I have referred my friends to him for estate planning and elder law issues.

    More 

    Henri Vanderhage Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Carmichael Clark, P.S.

1700 D Street
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4458

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200507/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Pro Bono PublicoWashington State Bar Association2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyKleps Law Office, PLLC2007 - 2013
AttorneyWhatcom County Public Defender's Office2005 - 2006
Legal ExternHonorable Michael P. Price, Superior Court Judge2004 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Pro Bono and Legal Aid CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Whatcom County Law LibraryBoard Member2010 - 2014
Elder Service ProvidersMember2009 - Present
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Elder Law Section WSBAMember2009 - Present
Whatcom Family and Community NetworkTreasurer2009 - 2013
Northwest Washington Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors/Member2009 - Present
Whatcom Young ProfessionalsMember2008 - 2010
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Young Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - 2010
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commercial Fire Protection v. EbenalSuccessful Settlement

See all Legal Cases 

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Kleps Law Office NewsletterBurial or Cremation Planning2010
Kleps Law Office NewsletterHealth Care Directives2010
Kleps Law Office NewsletterSelf-Settled Special Needs Trusts2009
Kleps Law Office NewsletterGuardianships for Adults2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of OregonJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2001

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NBI CLEProbate - Why each step is important2014
WEA-Retired SeminarDeath - You only get to do it once so plan for it2013
Seminar for AttorneysEstate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important2013
NW Regional Council Staff RetreatElder Law Issues2012
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center - In-serviceElder Mediation2010
WCC Paralegal CourseSmall Law Practice2010
Washington Alzheimer's Society's fall ConferenceAlzheimer's Disease2010
Monthly Educational SeminarSpecial Needs Planning2010
A FACES NW Event - Special Needs PlanningSpecial Needs Planning2010