J. Eric Gustafson

Attorney in Yakima, WA
Eric has practiced law for 40 years and is the 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. He became a Certified Elder Law Attorney* in 2000, the only elder law certification process 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 do some business matter. 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 on the Law Review. 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,

*Elder Law Certification occurs through the auspices of the National Elder Law Foundation (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) under approved criteria and examination procedures of the American Bar Association. Washington's Supreme Court has not yet developed or recognized a credentialing process for specialties, and certification/fellowship/M-H rating is not required to practice law in this state. Member, Lewis and Clark College Law Review, 1972-1973.
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Areas of Law

  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Adoption Law
  • Business Law
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Wills
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Transfers
  • Long Term Care
  • Elder Care
  • Corporate Formation
  • Inheritance
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Property Law
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Real Property
  • Religious Institutions
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Tax Planning
  • Children


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1973, Washington
2003, Oregon

Law School Attended

Lewis and Clark College
Class of 1973

University Attended

Washington State University
Class of 1970

Associations & Memberships

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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J. Eric Gustafson
 222 North Third Street,
Yakima, WA 98901


Lyon Weigand & Gustafson PS (Yakima, Washington)

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