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Charles Wayne Dent

Business Attorney at University Place, WA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Charlie Dent

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

What I Believe

  • Every client matters. Legal services are personal services, and every relationship matters.
  • Simple is better. The law can be complicated. My job is to demystify it and communicate clearly.
  • Change is good. Change happens every day, so let's embrace it and adapt to its challenges and opportunities.
  • Technology is our friend. I use it to reduce costs and improve client serviceI believe in helping you efficiently and affordably.

I don’t charge for routine phone calls, and I don’t charge to read or answer my e-mail. I speak English and not “legalese.” I try to maintain a casual style, and I strive to provide practical advice and fair value in exchange for the fees that I charge

Business Planning Services

I advise clients on a broad range of transactional matters. I help them select the best form entity for doing business. I also assist clients in structuring, negotiating and documenting the terms of business arrangements necessary for the ongoing operation and expansion of their businesses. I have extensive experience in negotiating and drafting asic corporate documents and LLC operating agreements, distribution agreements, employment agreements and shareholder agreements.

Charitable Organizations

My passion for and commitment to the nonprofit community in the South Puget Sound allows me to bring unique value to tax-exempt organizations. I provide advice on issues arising in all phases of a charity's life cycle, including the preparation and filing of the application for recognition as a tax-exempt organization. I also advise on the full range of matters involving daily operations, from fundraising to sponsorship agreements to employment matters. I also assist with structuring transactions and alliances with other organizations.


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Law Office of Charlie Dent
3318 Bridgeport Way W, C-6
University Place, WA, 98466

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Posted by Tom & Nola | May 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
retired accountant
My husband and I hired Charlie to help us with our estate planning. Charlie exceeded our expectations in many ways . He is an excellent communicator with a respectful , approachable style . He took time to carefully answer all of our questions and concerns all for a very reasonable fee. I have already recommended him to several others and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Stephanie E. | March 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Charlie assisted my Brother & I with settling our Mother’s estate. He was caring, professional, and made the whole experience so easy. I couldn’t be more grateful! He is knowledgeable and trustworthy and you can be rest assured you are in good hands. Highly recommend!
Posted by Gigi | January 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Go to Guy for Practical, Professional, Friendly Work
Our favorite, awesome attorney, Gary Connett, recommended Charlie to advise us in writing a contract. Charlie exceeded expectations. Somehow he was able to take all our competing perspectives to heart and produce a set of legal documents that are serving us well.
Posted by julieiwright | February 24, 2015
Best Attorney in Washington!
Charlie Dent has been our business attorney for years. I've worked with many attorneys during my tenure and Charlie has to be one of the best. Extremely timely responding, accurate, thorough, just great! I highly recommend!
Posted by Travis | March 25, 2014
Excellent Choice For Your Estate Planning
My wife and I were referred to Charlie by a friend a little over 5 years ago and we asked him to help us prepare all of our estate planning documents. As parents of young children it is important to us to know that there is a plan for them should anything happen to us. When we added another child to our family a few years later Charlie made it super easy to update all our documents at a time that was convenient for us. Charlie has always provided the highest quality of service with extremely quick response times. We would recommend him to anyone looking for some help with estate planning!
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Posted by Jason | February 13, 2014
Great attorney!
Charlie handle my family's will and we were very happy with the experience. Charlie is very knowledgeable and answered our questions with ease. I appreciate the approach Charlie takes and his patience as well. He offered a number of options and explained everything very well. I would highly recommended Charlie to anyone looking to set up a will.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2008
Charlie "the Man" Dent
Charlie has worked very hard for me and my business, as well as my parents and their business, and has always returned my phone calls and prepared documents rapidly. I am impressed with the quality of the documents and his service and it has been done right the first time.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Charlie Dent
  • 2002 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Network Commerce, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • T & W Financial Corp
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Foster Pepper & Shefelmann
  • 1994 - 1997
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  • New York University
  • LLM - Taxation
  • 1991
  • Seattle University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Centenary College
  • B.A.
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Vance Lift Truck Service, Inc.
  • Sale of Assets
  • Western Integrated Technologies, Inc.
  • Asset Acquisition
  • Washington State Fair
  • Incorporation of Foundation


  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  • 2013 - Present
  • Nourish Pierce County
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Puget Sound Honor Flight
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Ted Brown Music Outreach
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Washington Premier F.C.
  • Former President
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Washington Premier F.C.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2007
  • F.C. United
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Puyallup Fair Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Mental Health
  • Board Member
  • 1992 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Legal
  • Crown in Town
  • 2010


  • Maurice the Fish Records
  • Practical Advice on Protecting Your Copyright
  • 2014
  • Firm Website
  • Planning Considerations in the Sale of a Closely-Held Business
  • 2010
  • Firm Website
  • Key Concepts of Doing Business as a Limited Liability Company
  • 2007
  • Firm Website
  • A Primer for Trustees
  • 2006
  • Firm Website
  • Limited Liability Company Basics
  • 2005
  • Firm Website
  • The New State of Washington Estate Tax
  • 2005
  • Firm Website
  • Effect of HIPAA Rules on Estate Planning
  • 2004
  • WSTC Newsletter
  • IRS Offers New Roadmaps for Charities and Individuals for Automobile Donations
  • 2004
  • Firm Website
  • Advanced Domain and Trademark Issues
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • In-House Education
  • Basic Principles and Current Developments in Section 1031 Exchanges
  • 2004
  • Annual Meeting
  • Employees vs. Independent Contractors
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Charles
Real estate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunitly worked with Charlie on more than one occasion and he is responsive, thoughtful and takes a very practical approach to finding a solution. I would not hesitate to send my client to Charlie as they would be in very good hands."
Business Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charlie is a top notch business lawyer. He has a firm grasp on all the technical issues and has the personality to make the client feel comfortable and explain things clearly in plain English. I would not hesitate to refer a client to Charlie. He also focuses on real estate, estate planning and helping non profits. I know he has done a great job helping some local non profits."
Business Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Charlie Dent on several client matters. He has helped a number of my estate planning clients who needed creative and skilled corporate and general business counsel. Each time I referred a client to Charlie the client thanked me for connecting them with Charlie. When we have collaborated on client matters, his experience based skill set and problem solving have always worked to the client's advantage. It is a genuine pleasure to work with Charlie and I strongly endorse him for his legal work."
Business Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I absolutely endorse Charles Dent. I have known him for many years in both a professional and personal capacity. Charlie is an outstanding attorney with a diverse array of experience in business, real estate, estate planning, compensation and other matters. Charlie brings an excellent balance of technical knowledge along with real-world practical application of the law. And not to mention, he’s just a fun guy to spend time with!"
Business Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie does great work for his clients and knows his practice areas like no one else. I recommend him to anyone."

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University Place Business Lawyer Charles Wayne Dent
Charles Wayne Dent
Business Attorney
University Place, WA
Licensed for 33 years