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|Attorney||Clinton, Fleck, DeSmet & Thomson||1982 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||1999 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)||Past President||2008 - 2008|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)||President||2007 - 2007|
|King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program "Advanced Issues in Elder Law"||Co-chair||2006 - 2006|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)||Secretary||2004 - 2005|
|King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law Section||Chair||2002 - 2003|
|King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program "Advanced Topics and Issues in Minor Settlements"||Co-chair||2001 - 2001|
|King County Bar Association, Guardianship and Elder Law Section||Executive Committee||2000 - 2004|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)||Board of Directors||1999 - 2008|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Washington chapter)||Director||1999 - 2004|
|Washington State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee||Chairman||1995 - 1996|
|Care Sharing Magazine||Understanding the Legal Issues that Confront Caregivers||2003|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Stanford University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1966|
|2004 Inter-County Guardianship Guardian ad Litem training||The Importance of the work of the Guardian Ad Litem||2004|
|Mediation in Guardianships||The Possibilities Mediation Provides to Settle Disputes||2003|
|Critical Issues in Elder Law||Best Practices for working with elderly clients.||2003|
|Advanced Guardianship Issues ll||The Benefits of Resolving Guardianship Disputes Short of Going to Trial||2003|
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Desmet helped me with my estate planning and will. Mr. Desmet guided me through the process very efficiently and helped me to prepare for the inevitable. He was open and honest and able to answer all of the questions that I had. His experience in this area was very apparent. He answered my calls and emails. He made a stressful process go very smoothly.
Posted by Dave
When my mother passed away, Erv DeSmet worked with my family and me. He was fantastic. He returned calls in a timely way, showed real compassion, and served our family with energy and understanding.
Mr. DeSmet is obviously competent and successfully guided us through the difficult journey of taxes, estate, probate, power of attorney, and how to properly disburse my mother's estate. We could not have had a better attorney for the job.
Erv's fees were very reasonable and his common sense approach made the whole process as simple as could possibly be expected.
Erv DeSmet was an absolute was a delight to work with. He has my permission to give my contact information to any potential client who wants a first-hand referral.
Posted by Mona
I first found Mr. DeSmet when I was searching for an attorney to assist with a situation I had encountered regarding my aging mother. I consulted AARP's resources and in the area of elder law Mr. DeSmet was one of that organization's recommended attorneys in the Greater Seattle area. I visited Mr. DeSmet's website and found the information there to give me confidence that if I needed to engage the services of an attorney I'd found the one I would use. My mother's situation did resolve itself. A few months later my stepfather passed away. His attorney, who was also the executor of his estate suggested that we would need to find another attorney to be the estate's attorney and suggested Erv DeSmet. I was delighted because I already had confidence in this gentleman's abilities. My mother was the sole primary beneficiary of my stepfather's estate. A few months later my mother passed away. Now the real work of sorting out the estate began. I was the executor for my mother's estate. There were six beneficiaries and the assets of the estate were, in some cases, not a simple matter to settle. One of the investment firms that held assets was having regulatory problems and when that firm closed its doors, the three remaining assets were now managed by three different companies. Through all of this, working with the other beneficiaries and managing the assets until they could be distributed, Mr. DeSmet counselled me, helping me through this process. He was a tremendous support to me and I couldn't have completed my duties as executor without his guidance. He was also able to refer me to an excellent accountant for the estate so that all beneficiaries had the correct informaiton for their own taxes, etc. We are finally closing the estate and Mr. DeSmet has seen me through this in an exemplary manner.
David Roth, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.