Kenneth D. Carpenter

Ken advises clients in all aspects of agricultural law, including incorporation of the farm family and use of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) for the transition of farm and ranch land.  He has extensive real estate knowledge, where he and his staff execute several closings per year, including numerous large agricultural land sales and complex IRS Sec. 1031 transactions. Ken’s practice also focuses on estate planning and estate administration.  He also advises on planning and appeals dealing with Federal farm programs administered by FCIC, FSA and NRCS. 
He serves as General Counsel to many cooperatives, associations, and public entities, including rural electric cooperatives and numerous grain distribution cooperatives. This broad-based representation provides Ken experience in all facets of complex commercial business. 
Ken has been invited to speak at the Ag Expo in Spokane, Washington discussing topics pertaining to estate planning, real estate, farm transition, and IRS Sec. 1031 exchanges.  Ken continues to serve on many Lincoln County boards.  Currently, he is a trustee for the Davenport School Foundation and the Lincoln Hospital Foundation. 
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Email: kcarpenter@cmd-lawfirm.com

 

L.R. “Rusty” McGuire

Rusty advises clients in all aspects of elder law, estate planning and estate administration. He also has extensive knowledge in all areas of agricultural law, including estate and tax planning for family, family corporations, and partnerships.   Rusty guides families dealing with farm and business issues during the transition of generations. He also advises families on farm real estate transaction planning including the use of split-interest purchases.  He also advises on planning and appeals dealing with Federal farm programs administered by FCIC, FSA and NRCS.
Because of his specialized experience, Rusty has been invited to speak at the Ag Expo in Spokane, Washington discussing topics pertaining to asset protection for the elderly, nursing home matters, estate planning, tax planning, and family farm business planning.  He has also published various articles in Wheat Life. 
Rusty serves on several boards for Eastern Washington organizations.  He is currently a trustee for the Washington Wheat Foundation, Claire’s Swimming Pool Foundation, St. John Historical Society, and Hayden Klaveano Foundation.  He is a member of Lincoln, Adams, and Whitman County Bar Associations. Rusty has participated at Davenport Gorilla Booster Club auction as an auctioneer.
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Email: rmcguire@cmd-lawfirm.com

Mark W. DeWulf

Mark’s practice includes agribusiness planning for farm families, corporations, LLC’s, and other farm entities. He also focuses on the related transactional work including farm leases, land sales, and easements.  Mark’s practice naturally involves estate planning, probate, and Medicaid planning for his clients.  Mark has developed a specialty in water law.  He provides a broad spectrum of water law services to his clients including water right sales, and temporary and permanent changes. Mark has worked closely with Department of Ecology, several local water conservancy boards and has experience with appeals to the Pollution Control Hearings Board. He also advises on planning and appeals dealing with Federal farm programs administered by FCIC, FSA and NRCS.
Mark has been an invited speaker at the Ag Expo in Spokane, Washington discussing topics pertaining to water law, Medicaid and estate planning, and agricultural tax planning.  Mark also represents several municipalities including the Town of Odessa, City of Ritzville, Lincoln County Public Hospital District No. 1, and the Odessa Public Development Authority.    
Mark has a busy home life with his wife Margaret and their four children who enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, 4-H, and FFA.  Mark helps coach the Odessa High School football team and Mark is active in the Odessa Lion’s Club and Volunteer Fire Department.  Mark enjoys all that goes with raising a family and practicing law in small town Eastern Washington. 
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Email: mark@cmd-lawfirm.com

John M. Kragt

John’s practice includes agribusiness planning for farm families, corporations, LLC’s, and other farm entities. He also advises on planning with Federal farm programs administered by FCIC, FSA and NRCS.  John also focuses on the related transactional work including farm leases, land sales, and easements.  He is involved with advising clients in areas of estate planning, probate, and Medicaid, which includes gift and estate tax planning for his clients.  He is a member of Adams, Lincoln, and Whitman County Bar Associations.
John and his wife Kellie have chosen to make their home in Ritzville and are active in the community.  John is an active member of the Ritzville Lions Club and the Ritzville Golf Association and a board member of the Ritzville Chamber of Commerce.
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Email: john@cmd-lawfirm.com

Matthew Johnson – is our newest attorney at Carpenter, McGuire, and DeWulf. Matthew’s practice includes agribusiness planning for farm families, corporations, LLC’s, and other farm entities. He also advises on planning with Federal farm programs administered by FCIC, FSA and NRCS. Matthew also focuses on the related transactional work including farm leases, land sales, and easements. He is involved with advising clients in areas of estate planning, probate, and Medicaid, which includes gift and estate tax planning for his clients. He is a member of the Washington Bar Associations.
Matthew has chosen to make Davenport his home. He is an avid Washington State Cougar fan spending many Saturday’s at Martin Stadium. Matthew also enjoys staying active playing sports including basketball and golf. He also enjoys boating at Lake Pend Oreille and Lake Roosevelt.
Education
Colfax High School 2006
Pacific Lutheran University 2010 – B.A. in Business Finance
Saint Louis University School of Law 2014- J.D.