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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


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


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



Hourly ($225/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I've known Michael for nearly eight years and have always been impressed by both his reputation in the legal community and his exceptionally friendly and professional personality.


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Contact info

Carmichael Clark, P.S.

1700 D Street
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4458


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Elder Service ProvidersMember2009 - Present
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Elder Law Section WSBAMember2009 - Present
Northwest Washington Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors/Member2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Whatcom County Law LibraryBoard Member2010 - 2014
Washington State Bar Association, Pro Bono and Legal Aid CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Whatcom Family and Community NetworkTreasurer2009 - 2013
Whatcom Young ProfessionalsMember2008 - 2010
Young Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commercial Fire Protection v. EbenalSuccessful Settlement
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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
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