J. Eric Gustafson

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  • 222 North Third Street, Yakima, WA 98901
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  • Eric Gustafson has practiced law for 29 years and is a senior partner in the law firm. He is a founding member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been a member of the Washington State Adoption Council and has been called upon to testify before the Washington State Senate on legislation related to adoption practice.

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Eric has practiced law for 41 years and is the senior member in the law firm. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a founding member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He became a Certified Elder Law Attorney* in 2000, the only certified elder law in Central Washington. Certification is recognized by the American Bar Association under its approved CLE, examination and peer-review criteria administered by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Eric’s practice is concentrated in elder law, estate planning and adoption, particularly independent adoption. He handles elder law, estate planning and independent adoption matters both in Washington and Oregon. He also continues to handle business matters. He is an adoptive father of two children and speaks to church and community organizations periodically about elder law, estate planning and adoption issues. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon, and sees clients by appointment in the vicinity of his Manzanita, Oregon second home.

Mr. Gustafson earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1970 from Washington State University where he was on the President’s List 1969 – 1970. He received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon in 1973 with a class standing of 7 of 103 and where he was a member of the Law Review (1972-1973). Eric is a member of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (past Board member), Washington State Bar Association (Elder Law Section past Board member), American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (past Board member and Ethics Committee member), and Yakima County Bar Association,

*Washington's Supreme Court has not yet developed or recognized a credentialing process for elder law certification, and thus it is not required to practice law in Washington.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Adoption Law
  • Business Law
  • Estate and Gift Taxation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
509-594-4115  Phone
509-248-7220  Phone
509-575-1883  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1689, Yakima, WA 98901
University Attended:
Washington State University, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
Lewis and Clark College, J.D., 1973
Year of First Admission:
1973, Washington; 2003, Oregon
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington State Bar Association; Oregon State Bar Association; Yakima County Bar Association.

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