Contact Information

Phone: (360) 733-0212


Deb Flory, Estate Planning
Chris Dilley, Probate
Connie Clement, Probate

Legal Assistant

Debra Emmons, EP

Practice Areas

Estate Planning Law

J. Bruce Smith

Please see Bruces-retirement-letter.pdf

J. Bruce Smith became a lawyer in 1977, and for ten years represented clients in general litigation in state and federal courts and administrative hearings. In 1987 he joined Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC and for several years assisted clients with estate planning and general business matters including purchase and sales of businesses and formation of partnerships and corporations. By 1992, his practice had become primarily and is today exclusively limited to advising and assisting clients regarding estate planning, the preparation of wills, trusts and other related documents, the administration of estates and trusts and the planning of charitable gifts.

Bruce has assisted thousands of clients of all economic levels, from recipients of public benefits to those whose annual incomes are millions of dollars. His work includes recognizing and organizing the legal aspects of marriage, divorce and death. Bruce’s primary interest is helping his clients make plans for during their lifetimes and after that recognize their life circumstances, which sometimes include marriages between partners with separate children, personal vulnerabilities such as mental health issues or substance abuse, and complex family dynamics. The circumstances of those same clients often include wealth, accomplishment and personal and family success.

Bruce is married and the happy father of two children, David and Maya.


– University of Illinois (B.S., with high honors, Bronze Tablet, 1974)
– University of Illinois (J.D., 1977)

Community Service:

Board of Directors, Thomas and Martina Horn Foundation
Board of Directors, Tom and Ingeborg Nesset Foundation

Admitted to Practice:

– Washington State Supreme Court, 1981
– Illinois State Supreme Court, 1977 (inactive)


– Whatcom County Bar Association
– Washington State Bar Association; Past Member of Executive Committee, Probate and Trust Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section.


– Harte Bressler, Metcalf Hodges, CPAs, 709 Dupont St., Bellingham
Phone: (360) 733-1010
– Stephanie Bowers, President and CEO, Western Washington University Foundation
Phone: (360) 650-3027


– Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
– Named a Super Lawyer, for expertise in estate planning law, by Washington Law & Politics magazine. A recognition awarded to five percent of the lawyers in Washington State.
– Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-review publication of the legal profession, in the field of Trusts and Estates law.
– Rated AV® PreeminentTM 5.0 out of 5 by Martendale-Hubbell®

Selected Publications and Presentations:

“Recognizing and Avoiding Ethical Problems in the Estate Planning Practice”, Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Mid-Year Meeting, June, 1999; Best of CLE, 1999.