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Edward S. Alexander

Estate planning Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

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About Edward

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I PUT THE LAW TO WORK FOR YOU. I AM FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS, NOT LEGAL JARGON AND REASONS THINGS CAN'T BE DONE. I WILL LISTEN CAREFULLY SO THAT I CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS. I KNOW ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL.
Edward S. Alexander
 
I love helping people. I love thinking strategically. Practicing law gives me the opportunity to put my passions to work for my clients. I devoted the first 10 years of my practice almost exclusively to litigation. I handled all sorts of cases, but focused on estate disputes, probate, real estate and business litigation. In that time I obtained some great results, including large jury verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements. This experience continues to serve my clients well in court.
 

This breadth of experience also serves my clients well in drafting sound legal documents and keeping my clients and their loved ones out of court. In litigation I saw the pitfalls and missteps that get people into expensive legal disputes. So I take care to understand my clients and their goals. And I put my 17 years of legal experience to work when I help them to plan their estate, manage a trust, probate a family member's estate, or enter into a business arrangement.

I care about my community. I see apathy and cynicism arise when people feel like their needs and opinions do not matter. So I spend my free time helping to build and strengthen community organizations that empower people to make a difference. With strong community ties, I am better able to help my clients understand what resources are available for them, and help them get what they need.

 

Education

University of Georgia, School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2002
Georgia State University, B.I.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1999

Admitted to Practice

Washington State Bar, 2003
Washington State Supreme Court, 2003
U.S. District Court, 2005
Washington Court of Appeals, 2005
United States Supreme Court, 2010

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild
WSBA Real Property, Probate and
Trust Section Member
American Bar Association
ABA Business Law Section Member
Whatcom County Bar Association

Background

Operations Specialist, U.S. Navy, 1991 - 1995
Operations Specialist, U.S. Navy Reserves 1995 - 1997
Georgia State Senate Appropriations Committee, Aide, 1999
Grant Recipient, National Association for Public Interest Lawyers, 2001

Community Service

Board President, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 2016 to 2018
Board Member, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 2013 to 2020
Board of Advisors, Whatcom Civil Rights Project, 2013 to present
Board of Directors, Interfaith Coalition, 2008 - 2010
Board Member, Bellingham Insight Meditation Society, 2016 - 2018
Finance Project Officer, The Working World, 2017 - 2018

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Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/31/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Edward

Cha & Alexander Law Firm, P.S.
2319 Elm Street
Bellingham, WA, 98225-2845

Reviews

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Posted by Tim | February 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic lawyer
We contacted Edward about an issue we had and he was such a great help and made us feel like we had someone on our side. Another issue arose and we went to him again and he far surpassed our expectations. He is the best!
Posted by Brett | January 6, 2015
Edward is an excellent attorney
Edward is a smart, hard-working attorney. He's got a great handle on the issues in which he specializes. If you're looking for a savvy, detail-oriented advocate who will do a great job for you, hire Edward!
Posted by Saving Pets One at a Time | July 12, 2022
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Recommending services
We have hired Mr. Alexander several times for assistance with By Laws and other matters related to legalities of a 501-c3 non-profit. We will use this office again and recommend their services.
Posted by Lisa | March 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Edward Alexander helped us with real estate sale documents as well as our estate planning. All of the communications from Mr. Alexander and his legal assistant, Sawyer, were timely, kind, and professional. We were also pleased that much of the interaction was able to happen by video conference and by phone due to Covid precautions, and the process went very smoothly. He communicated clearly and was good at explaining unfamiliar topics related to estate planning. We were very satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2020
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Trust Issues
I would recommend Edward to anyone in need of the services he and his office provide. My specific need was a full accounting and review of a trust. Both Edward and Sawyer are professional, competent and easy to work with. The outcome provided me with the information I requested in a timely fashion.
Posted by Annie | May 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Goes above and beyond the call of duty.
I found myself in an unexpected estate dispute and needed help in a very short time frame. I lived across the state of Washington and felt very much at a disadvantage as the estate had been moved to a county I was unfamiliar with as far as the legal system and any friends that could advise me. Edward took my case on short notice and he worked over a holiday and even a few weekends to get my case heard in short order. The end result after only six months was I won the case and Edward protected my rights and he was able to secure 7 years of back child support with interest and he collected the final amount and case closed. Edward advocated for my case and advocated for a single mother and two children who had been at the disadvantage of the legal system for 7 very long years. He was thorough and fair and really went the extra mile and the outcome was literally life changing. I would highly recommend Edward Alexander.
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Posted by Dean Berkeley | January 19, 2017
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Hired Services
Edward, is a great guy. He is smart and has a handle on your needs. He can show some teeth when needed and yet be very professional and polite when needed. I have had great results with Edward and will use him again! I highly recommend Edward S Alexander.
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2016
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Excellent Service
I recently had the chance to work with Edward Alexander on helping me with my business legal needs. He is very attentive to detail and offers a very educational way of demonstrating his research and findings. I would highly recommend Edward for any business legal inquiries, and am very happy to continue working with his firm.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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Integrity and honesty served with a smile
I've known Edward for 16 years... I've used him recently in a real estate case and I could not be happier with his dedication, his honesty or his attention to detail. He never hesitated to keep me informed of what to expect nor did he hold back the pros & cons of said case.. He left no rock unturned and always greeted me with a sincere smile! I will continue to use Edward as I feel he had my back irregardless of any circumstance and it's a relief knowing that his concerns went above and beyond the case.... I would refer him to anyone under any circumstances... It's hard in today's world to trust another human being... Edward is the exception.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shepherd & Abbott
  • 2003 - 2012

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2002
  • Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Jones Engineers, Inc. v. Derek R. Stebner
  • Won
  • Ramirez v. Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic, No. 62166-1-I, Division 1 Court of Appeals (2009)
  • Won

Associations

  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Georgia State University
  • 1999
  • Faculty Scholar
  • Georgia State University
  • 1998
  • Battle Effectiveness Award
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1994
  • Soutwest Asia Service Medal
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Society for Human Resources Management Seminar
  • Understanding Corporate Liability
  • 2015
  • National Lawyers Guild Northwest Regional Conference
  • Communications Security and the Law
  • 2014
  • Washington State Bar Association accredited Continuing Legal Education
  • Using Technology to Win Trials and Arbitrations
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (14)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Edward as an attorney in our community. He is detail-oriented, conscientious, and sincerely wants to meet his clients' needs and goals. He has a calm and friendly demeanor which makes him so easy to work with. In addition to estate planning, Edward practices business and real estate law. He is the go-to person if you have legal needs that spread across these different fields of law. I recommend Edward because he is professional, intelligent, hard working and he brings integrity to all that he does."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Edward is a sharp, meticulous lawyer. He gets all teh details right while still having passion for his clients and the cases. His preparation is thorough, his insights keen, and he is approachable and a pleasure to work with. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Professional, competent, fairminded, effective. I highly recommend Edward."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Edward in the community for the last eight years, and we have exchanged a number of clients, and he's always done fantastic diligent work for the clients I refer to him. He's not afraid to take on difficult or unique cases, and will give you an honest assessment of risks and liabilities in moving forward."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Edward for litigation matters, including personal injury. We have worked together on several matters and he is knowledgeable, kind, and responsive."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Edward has handled high level litigation matters. He is meticulous regarding civil procedure and excellent at developing facts to advocate for his clients."
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Bellingham Estate planning Lawyer Edward S. Alexander
Edward S. Alexander
Estate planning Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available