Craig E. Coombs

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Bellevue, WA

Coombs Law Firm PLLC
 | 11911 NE 1st St, Suite B204
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-453-4800
Fax: 425-671-0980
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Craig E. Coombs is the founder and owner of the Coombs Law Firm, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington. A highly rated, award-winning attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Coombs serves the needs and interests of clients throughout the greater Seattle region who are dealing with legal matters involving any of the following:

  • Estate and advance care planning
  • Counsel for fiduciary individuals and agencies, including trustees, personal representatives, attorneys in fact and guardians
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Trusts and trust administration
  • Guardianship

A 1976 honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Mr. Coombs returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1979 from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). The Washington State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also licensed to practice in Oregon and Hawaii. In addition, he serves as a court-appointed fiduciary as well as guardian ad litem for the King County Superior Court.

Throughout his career, Mr. Coombs has earned a reputation for delivering the personalized counsel and dedicated support his clients deserve to help them protect themselves for the future while creating a lasting legacy for their heirs and loved ones. His clients find him compassionate and attentive to their needs as he works diligently to help them achieve their specific goals with regards to their estates, long-term care options, business planning and more.

Recognized for his unwavering commitment to those he serves and his exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Coombs holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as Superb ratings on Avvo. Moreover, Seattle Magazine named him as a Five Star Financial Services Professional, and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine voted him as one of the Top Lawyers in 2010 for Elder Law.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Coombs is a member of the Washington State Bar Association's Elder Law Section and the King County Bar Association's Guardianship and Elder Law Section, where he once served as vice chair. He has also held leadership roles with the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Elder Law (40%)

Estate Planning & Probate (40%): Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts

Real Estate (20%)

Focus Areas

Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts


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Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Craig Coombs

Admitted: 1979, Washington

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized in the area of estate planning., Five Star Financial Services Professional, Seattle Magazine, 2016
  • Rated by peers as AV rated in 2000 and AV Preeminent in 2012, AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2000
  • Identified as a top Elderlaw attorney., Top Lawyers 2010 - Elderlaw, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii, 2007
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Oregon, 1989
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington State, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Chaired, Presented, and Participated, including the Mandatory Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training and Minor Settlements
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • States of Washington
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) (1991-1999)
  • Washington Chapter, NAELA (1991-1999)
  • Washington State Bar Association - Elder Law Section (2011 through present)
  • Director, Washington Chapter, NAELA (1996-1997)
  • Secretary, Washington Chapter, NAELA, (1998-1999)
  • King County Bar Association Guardianship and Elder Law Section Executive Committee, Vice Chair (1998, 1999, 2000)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Seattle-King County Bar Association - Volunteer Attorneys for People with AIDS ("VAPWA") (1993)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentation at the 13th Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar, Co-presenter, The Appointment of the GAL from Appointment through Discharge, 2016
  • Co-Chaired mandatory training seminar for King County, Co-Chair, Mandatory Settlement GAL Training for King County, 2015
  • Co-Chaired mandatory training seminar for King County, 2011, Co-Chair Mandatory SGAL Training for King County, 2011
  • Presentation on Anderson v. Dussault from a GAL point of view, Co-presenter, Anderson v. Dussault Overview, Title 11 Guardianship GAL Training, 2016
  • Presenter at Mandatory Volunteer Reviewer Training for the King County Superior Court, Presenter on Topic of Guardianship Review Calendar, Presenter, 2008
  • Co-Presenter mandatory training seminar for King County on topic of basic report requirements, Co-Presenter SGAL Basic Requirements, 2008
  • Presenter on Topic of Least Restrictive Alternatives to Guardianship, Presenter, Title 11 GAL Training, 2005
  • Presenter on topic of GAL Duties and Due Process, Presenter, Inter-County GAL Training, 2004
  • Co-Presenter on subject of "Medicaid Divorce", Co-Presenter, Hot Topics in Elder Law, 2004
  • Presenter at Inter-County GAL Training, Presenter, 2003
  • Guardianship Tips and Practice Standards for Paralegals, Presenter, 2001
  • Presenter at seminar on Settlement and Court Approval of Claims of Minors and Incapacited Persons, Presenter, 1996
  • Title 11 RCW Guardian ad Litem Handbook, Contributor, 2005
  • Washington State Guardian Manual, Contributor, 2000
  • Model Guardianship Forms, Contributor, 2000

Educational Background:

  • University of Puget Sound, BA in Business Administration with Departmental Honors in Finance, 1976
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Office Location for Craig E. Coombs

11911 NE 1st St
Suite B204
Bellevue, WA 98005

Phone: 425-453-4800

Fax: 425-671-0980

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Last Updated: 4/2/2019

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