Trusts & Estates Helping Oregon Families Through Their Toughest Times

Portland Estate Planning Attorneys

A Portland estate planning attorney points at a laptop while an older couple looks on.At Levine Law Center LLC, we believe in the importance of planning ahead for the future. As such, we offer a variety of estate planning services that can be tailored to fit your unique situation. The consequences of leaving your estate behind without a will can be devastating for your beneficiaries. Our Portland estate planning attorneys will make sure your loved ones are set up for success.

To get started with planning your estate in Oregon, contact our Portland estate planning lawyers online or call us at (503) 433-8340.

What Is an Estate Plan?

An estate plan consists of legal documents that provide instructions regarding the care and upkeep of your assets and property in the event you become incapacitated or die. It is established to ensure your final wishes are upheld and that your beneficiaries are protected. An estate plan will also dictate how to handle your affairs after your death and who will inherit your property, assets, and other legacy items.

Components of an Estate Plan

Will or Trust

A last will and testament will include information about how you would like to divide your property and assets when you die. It may also contain details regarding who you have appointed to be the guardian of your children. A trust functions the same way and requires that you appoint a trustee to carry out your final wishes.

The difference between a will and a trust is that a will has to go through the probate process, meaning it must go through a court proceeding before being executed. Therefore, a will is a matter of public record. A trust avoids the probate process and is handled privately. A trust can also be executed before you die.

Beneficiary Designation Forms

You will need to designate who will inherit various financial accounts, including bank accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies. You can change or revoke beneficiary forms at any time. It is advisable to ensure your beneficiary designations are updated frequently.

Durable Powers of Attorney

A general durable power of attorney authorizes an individual to make decisions on your behalf regarding legal and financial matters in the event you are incapacitated and cannot do so for yourself. A durable healthcare power of attorney proves helpful in the event you cannot make medical decisions for yourself. It appoints someone else for you to make these decisions regarding end of life care and other crucial matters.

Living Will

A living will provides a set of instructions regarding medical care in the event you become incapacitated. For example, if you had to be induced into a coma, would you want to be kept on life support? How long would you want to be in this state? This is usually combined with a health care power of attorney.

Letter of Intent

You should also include a letter to the executor of your will that includes any final wishes you may want to see completed. It will also provide information regarding how you would like to be buried and if you want a funeral. This is not technically a legally binding document, but it does provide a personal touch that your loved ones will appreciate. You may even include some information about values you would like the guardian of your children to teach your kids as they grow up.

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

If you die intestate or without a will, your state’s laws will determine who will receive your assets and property. These actions may not reflect what you would have wanted, which is why it is important to dictate your preferences in a will. In Oregon, if you are married and die intestate, your spouse will inherit all your property unless you have children from another relationship (this includes grandchildren and great-grandchildren).

To speak with an experienced attorney from our firm about estate planning, contact us online or call us via (503) 433-8340. We are a multilingual law firm.

It's About You & Your Loved Ones We're Here to Help You Get Results
  • I would totally recommend Andrew if what you need is peace of mind and to know somebody has your back.

    “I contacted Andrew on a Wednesday to talk about a hearing the following Tuesday. It was very short notice but he was willing to work with me over the weekend to make sure we would be prepared to ...”

    - Daniela Y.
  • Anthony Stuart was very professional, courteous, and understanding.

    “Anthony Stuart was very professional, courteous, and understanding. He was always willing to answer any questions I had. I appreciate the fact that Anthony or his staff kept me informed of what was ...”

    - Anthony C.
  • Great job!

    “Andrew and his team did a great job with my alimony adjustment. I had a terrible original divorce ruling, but Andrew was able to help me get that straightened out so now my alimony is "survivable". ...”

    - Nathan O.
  • Joey Katz and the team helped me achieve the peace of mind I needed with my legal matters.

    “Highly recommend. Great value and prompt service. Joey Katz and the team helped me achieve the peace of mind I needed with my legal matters.”

    - Josh F.
  • She truly has integrity and was the advocate for me in my children I needed and could depend on.

    “I can't say enough about what a pleasure it was having Jennifer Peckham represent me. She is just outstanding. Despite the difficult circumstances of dealing with high-conflict people, and a ...”

    - Sara O.
/

Why Choose Us?

Committed to Excellence
  • Flexible Payment Options

    Everyone deserves quality legal representation. We make it as easy as possible to get you access to a reputable and qualified attorney.

  • Team-Oriented Approach

    When you work with us, you're not just a number. We work as a team to ensure your success. 

  • Conveniently Located

    We are conveniently located off of I-205. Our attorneys will come out to meet clients that live in Washington and Yamhill Counties.

  • Personalized Service

    Our priority is your successful outcome. We take a personalized approach to ensuring your success.

The Path to Results Starts With You

Have questions about how the works? Give us a call or fill out a form to speak with our experienced attorneys and staff.

Let's Get Started Together

We Are Always By Your Side
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.