Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys


Phillip R. George

Elder Law Attorney

Phil is a true son of the Pacific Northwest and understands the needs of Washington families. Phil spent his younger years in logging communities in western Washington and southeast Alaska, the son of a log scaler and a fifth-grade teacher.

After graduating High School in Everett (Go Seagulls!) Phil received his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University and began working at the Boeing facility in Everett as an Industrial Engineer. Several years passed, and Phil found himself in a position to follow his dreams and become a lawyer.

In 2011 he left Boeing and enrolled at the University of Washington School of Law. While at the University of Washington, Phil began working for one of the leading Elder Law attorneys in the state. After learning and mentoring for several years, Phil decided it was time to come home to Whatcom County and help folks avoid the pitfalls of standard retirement planning. Phil and his wife live in Bellingham and had their first child, Harrison, in 2021.

When he is not in the office, you can find Phil and his wife, along with their two children and chocolate lab, Augustus, golfing, fishing, hiking, and enjoying all that western Washington has to offer.

Elisa George

Managing Director

As the Managing Director, Elisa oversees all business operations including Human Resources, Business Development, and Community Relations.  With almost 2 decades of experience working at Marriott hotels in General Manager, and other management roles, Elisa brings highly refined leadership skills to the firm.  When the pandemic impacted the hotel industry, it allowed Elisa the opportunity to shift gears and support Phil in creating and growing Safe Harbor Legal Solutions.

Elisa was born and raised in Washington and is an alumnus of WWU.  When she and Phil first met, they were both living in the Seattle area but connected on their love for Bellingham and desire to return to this great community.  They dreamed of building a family and growing a business, and almost 10 years ago took a leap of faith and made the move back “home”.  Now with 2 small children and a growing business, they are living out their dreams of being a family focused business run by family!

Sheila Spelger

Legal Assistant

Sheila’s return to our team is warmly welcomed, especially considering her previous experience working alongside Phil in Elder Law & Estate Planning. We consider ourselves fortunate to welcome her back as she brings a wealth of excitement and expertise to our business operations and growth. Before rejoining us, Sheila served as an Executive Assistant to the Tax Director and Line of Business Leaders at Larson Gross (2020-2023). She is an alumna of North Seattle Community College and Gene Juarez Academy & Advanced Training Salon.

Apart from her professional pursuits, Sheila takes pride in founding the award-winning photography company, Sheila Carson Photography, established in 2009. She is also a devoted mother to two adult children, three cats, and a dog. Her daughter recently graduated from Whatcom Community College, while her son is currently serving in the US Coast Guard. Outside of work and family commitments, Sheila indulges in her passions for hiking, camping, and embarking on road trips with friends and family.

Safe Harbor Legal Solutions

Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys
2219 Rimland Drive, Suite 411
Bellingham, WA 98226


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