Practice Areas

WILLS, TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING
We prepare simple wills and trusts and other estate planning documents. The fee varies with each client’s individual needs and desires. We are happy to provide a tentative quote over the telephone at no charge, and a more definitive quote after an office meeting that includes a more in-depth discussion of the client’s financial situation and estate planning goals. We offer a quick turnaround time for the process, from the initial meeting to the signing of the finished documents.

It is often crucial to make a new will after significant family changes occur, whether a marriage or domestic partnership formation, divorce or dissolution of a relationship, or the addition of a child. A substantial change in financial status also merits a review of a prior will.

SURROGACY, ADOPTION AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
We are among a handful of Oregon attorneys who practice in the area of assisted reproduction, which is a relatively new area of law that includes surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation and sperm donation.

We represent both birth parents and adoptive parents in all aspects of independent adoption. We also represent clients in step-parent adoptions and second parent adoptions. Frequently our surrogacy and adoption clients are same sex couples.

FAMILY LAW
Our family law practice is limited to specific types of cases. Primarily we advise and represent clients in divorces and the dissolution of domestic partnerships if the parties are committed to a negotiated settlement as opposed to a court-mandated resolution. We frequently advise clients who are in mediation or who want to mediate their legal issues.

Prenuptial agreements are a touchy subject for most people contemplating marriage. We believe that prospective spouses should at minimum be educated about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement for their particular circumstances so they can make an informed decision about whether a prenuptial agreement is right for them. Having represented hundreds if not thousands of divorcing spouses, money is one of the most contentious issues in most divorces. Many couples have never adequately discussed the handling of money either before or during the marriage. Some make informal agreements about the handling of money that are not enforceable if there is a divorce unless both spouses agree. In addition, the majority of marriages end in the death of one of the partners, and most people are unaware of the statutory benefits provided upon the death of a spouse. Those benefits can be altered in a prenuptial agreement to suit the needs of the prospective spouses.