Karl Flaccus specializes in estate planning and trusts and litigation involving wills, probates, and guardianships. He has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer, 17 of which he has spent preparing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, and other estate documents, as well as advocating in court for individuals, families, and persons who are vulnerable or financially exploited.
Karl has served as the Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and program director for the King County Bar Association Guardianship and Elder Law Section, and has chaired many elder law, guardianship and estate planning Continuing Legal Education sessions. He lectures on estate planning, elder law, guardianship, trust and related litigation matters. Since the late 1990’s, Karl has offered pro bono legal advice through a free monthly legal clinic he runs at the Shoreline Senior Center, where he is a past board member and former board chairman. He is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Washington State Bar Association, and the King County Bar Association.
The Superior Court often appoints Karl as a guardian ad litem to advise judges and commissioners in guardianship, trust, and probate cases, and he regularly testifies in jury and non jury Superior Court cases.
Karl grew up in Montana, attended University of Rochester in New York, and lived in Alaska for 11 years practicing tax accounting and representing clients in audits before the IRS. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990 with his JD degree. During law school, he received an internship with Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, and clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Concord, New Hampshire.
After law school, Karl clerked in Seattle for U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein, and for Judges Marshall Forrest and Jack Scholfield of Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. He opened his own practice in 1994.