Patrick J. Carter

Patrick J. Carter

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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Taxation Law: Tax Controversy, Tax Planning
  • Guardianship


Patrick J. Carter’s practice covers estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship, and taxation law, including tax controversy and tax planning. Patrick is an adept problem-solver and enjoys easing his clients’ real-world concerns and offering practical advice. 

Patrick brings a multifaceted background to his practice, working as a management consultant in wireless telecommunications and a Child Welfare mental health counselor prior to law school. These diverse professional experiences broaden his perspective as an attorney and enrich his ability to serve his clients in an individualized and empathetic manner. Patrick studied taxation law at the University of Washington, earning the Clinical Legal Education Association award for his work in the Low-Income Federal Tax Clinic. 

In Patrick’s free time, he enjoys baking gluten-free treats derived from old family recipes. Patrick also coaches youth sports for his son’s teams (soccer and basketball). He is currently learning to play pickleball and is working to get back on the golf course after an 8-year hiatus from the activity. Additionally, he and his family enjoy travelling, regularly finding themselves in Hawaii, where Patrick spent his formative years.


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • LL.M. - 2017
    • Honors: Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Award
    • Major: Taxation Law
  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 2016
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Presidential Scholar
  • Bastyr University
    • M.A. - 2009
    • Major: Applied Behavioral Science
  • Whitman College
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Honors: Whitman Scholar
    • Major: Rhetoric & Film Studies

Classes & Seminars

  • Tax Considerations in Estate Planning and the Administration of Trusts and Estates. KCBA CLE 10/2017

Published Works

  • Micro-Housing in Seattle: A Case for Community Participation in Novel Land Use Decisions, 39 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1031 (2016)

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • WSBA Taxation Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
  • KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section
  • Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section

Current Employment Position

  • Associate


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