Steven D. Avery
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Applications and Systems Analysis from California State University Fresno. He received his law degree from the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California, graduating in the top ten of his class. Steve has practiced law since 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and California. Steve was named a Washington Rising Star (only 2.5% of Washington lawyers) by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine.
Steve's practice includes estate planning, probate, trusts (including special needs trusts for disabled individuals), planning for incapacity/disability, long-term care planning (Medicaid), and serving as a mediator in probate and guardianship disputes.
He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and California State Bar Association. Steve is the founder of the Bellingham Bay Marathon and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Race Director of its inaugural race in 2007.
"Steve is amazingly intelligent and simply wonderful to work with. He has the ability to explain foreign concepts in clear and understandable language, he focuses all his time and attention on the clients in front of him, he shares relevant information easily, he listens, and he gives the assurance that he will be a resource for you if you need his counsel in the future. I am extremely grateful for this continual support in our legal matters. Steve Avery provides excellent service to all his clients, and I recommend him highly." -Renay D.
"With only slightly over a week's notice, my husband learned he had to undergo heart surgery. No one is ever really prepared for this sort of news, but we were woefully unprepared to face possible medical issues given that our legal needs have been neglected for 30 years. We needed to update our Wills, create a family Trust, execute health directives and all the rest but felt it would be impossible to accomplish all these goals within our extremely small time-frame. Once we contacted Steve Avery, though, we started to believe in miracles. After our first consultation with Steve, the draft documents arrived almost immediately and were tailored specifically to the needs we discussed. During our second consult with Steve, all our questions and concerns were answered in a clear, concise and friendly manner. And thanks to Steve's amazing abilities and high sense of responsibility, all our documents were signed, notarized and filed three days before my husband's scheduled surgery. We will never be able to express sufficient gratitude to Steve for accommodating our seemingly impossible demands." -Barbara E.
"Working with Steve was a pleasure. He took care of our Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney for Health care, and Health Care Directive. First-class all the way!!!" -Noel V.