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Dorothy K. Foster

Phone/Fax: (206) 780-0440


Dorothy K. Foster is the owner of the Seattle and Bainbridge Island law firm of Foster Law Group, PLLC, where she practices in the areas of estate planning and nonprofit tax-exempt organizations.  She holds a master's degree in English from Washington State University and a master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Colorado.  She graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska School of Law where she was a Regents Law Scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif and Research Editor of the Nebraska Law Review.  She is former Trustee of the King County Bar Foundation and Adjunct Professor of the University Washington School of Law, Graduate Tax Program.  Ms. Foster is a certified mediator and the President of the Seattle Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Honors and Awards

Dorothy Foster is actively involved in the community, frequently writing and speaking to groups about estate planning and nonprofit organizations, as well as providing pro bono services to charitable, educational, and civic organizations.

Current or former activities have included:

Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (higest) rating, national peer review attorney rating system

Washington CEO Magazine, 2006 "Washington's Most Amazing Attorney's"

Seattle Magazine 2010 "Five STAR Wealth Manager"

Seattle Magazine 2011 "Five STAR Wealth Manager"


Seattle Society of Trust and Estate Professionals "International Estate Planning Problem Solving: Crafting the International Estate Plan" Seattle, WA; October 31, 2013; Speaker

STEP Pacific Rim Conference: "Ownership of U.S. Non-Income Producing Property by Nonresident Alien"; Santa Monica, CA; May 27, 2011; Speaker

Eastside Estate Planning Council; International Estate Planning: "Planning for the Cross-Border Family"; Bellevue WA; May 14, 2009; Speaker

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Canada; "Issues in U.S.-Canada Cross-Border Estate Planning"; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Jan 22, 2009; Speaker

Washington State Bar Association CLE; "International Estate Planning"; Vancouver WA; June 6-8, 2008; Speaker

Children's Hospital Foundation; Philanthropic & Legacy Planning for Professional Advisors; "Estate Planning Considerations for the International Estate"; Seattle WA; 2007; Speaker

University of Washington School Law Graduate Tax Program, Seattle WA; International Estate Planning; Spring Quarter 2004; Adjunct Professor

ABA- RPPT Mid-year Meeting; "Law Office Technology"; Seattle WA; 2004; Panelist

Attorney CPA Tax Clinic; "International Estate Planning;" Seattle WA; 2004; Commentator

Kitsap Estate Planning Council; "Washington Estate Tax; Update"; Silverdale WA; Speaker

King County Bar Foundation; "Estate Planning Update"; Seattle WA; 2003; Speaker

Washington State University Foundation Annual Meeting; "Charitable Giving Update"; Pullman WA; 2003; Speaker

International Society of CPAs; "International Estate Planning"; Seattle WA; 2003; Speaker

Attorney CPA Tax Clinic; "International Estate Planning Update"; Seattle WA; 2002; Speaker

Washington Law Institute; "International Estate Planning"; Seattle WA; 2002; Speaker

Washington State Bar Association; "Tax Exempt Organizations"; Seattle WA; 2002; Speaker

Washington State Bar Association RPPT Mid-Year Meeting; "International Estate Planning"; Skamania WA; 2002; Speaker

Kitsap Estate Planning Council; "Charitable Giving"; Silverdale WA; 2002; Speaker

Providence Hospital Foundation CLE; "Categories of Tax-Exempt Organizations"; Seattle WA; 2001

Northwest Giving Project; "Program-Related Investments"; Seattle WA; 2001

Professional Associations

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP, USA); President, Seattle Branch

Washington State Bar Association, Taxation, International, Real Property, Probate and Trust sections

Washington State Bar Association, Estate and Gift Taxation Committee

Washington State Bar Association, Nonprofit Committee

King County Estate Planning Council

Kitsap Estate Planning Council

Civic and Charitable Activities

Washington State University Foundation, Investment Committee

King County Bar Foundation; Trustee

The Nature Conservancy of Seattle; Planned Giving Advisory Board

Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Professionals Group; Steering Committee

Washington State University Foundation; Planned Giving Advisory Committee

Providence Hospital System; Planned Giving Advisory Board