Tailored Estate Planning And Probate Services

So long as creating an estate plan stays on your "to-do" list your wishes regarding your estate may not be followed. Creating a Will or Revocable Living Trust is a good way to increase the likelihood that your desires regarding the transfer of your assets will be followed.

At Law Offices of Dean C. Werst, we have been have been handling estate and probate matters for more than 35 years. We can create an estate plan for you that will help your estate avoid the excess time and costs of probate and minimize exposure to estate taxes. We explain to you the consequences and advantages of setting up family trusts for the management and transfer of your assets.

What is comprehensive estate planning?

When a person thinks of what estate planning is, often a Last Will and Testament comes to mind. While a Will is usually a necessary component of estate planning, you may need a family trust, an advance directive, a power of attorney, and other documents to truly have a comprehensive estate plan.

Planning for the transfer of assets is a multi-faceted endeavor. Each of your assets must be analyzed to determine how each asset will pass to the next generation. We commonly design and administer estates where assets are or will be transferred by Will, trust, survivorship, and beneficiary designation.

Planning for Aging and Disability

A durable power of attorney grants your designated agent the legal authority to make key decisions about your financial affairs when you are unable to do so.

In an advance directive you nominate a health care representative who will communicate with health care professionals when you are unable to do so. In an advance directive you also make decisions regarding what type of life prolonging health treatments you desire in the event you are in certain terminal conditions.

In a Nomination of Guardian and Conservator you designate your preference for who should serve as your court-appointed Guardian and Conservator if a Guardianship of your person or a Conservatorship of your estate needs to be set-up.

Where To Turn After The Loss Of A Loved One

We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult and emotional event. It takes time to grieve and to adjust your life after the loss of a loved one. When you are ready to consult with an attorney regarding the transfer of the deceased person’s assets you can come to the Law Offices of Dean C. Werst for easy-to-comprehend advice. We can explain the Oregon probate process and can assist you with understanding the laws and procedure regarding inheritance in Oregon.

Our goal is efficient and effective legal representation that allows you to deal with inheritance matters as smoothly and stress-free as possible. We often have clients who first try to deal with matters on their own, visiting the court house and the banks and often they are told conflicting information and leave feeling confused. It is best to consult with a knowledgeable estate lawyer who can give you practical advice and information concerning property and estate law. As a small law firm we can give you highly personalized service, working closely with you throughoutt the administration of the decedent’s estate.

Home Visits and Affordable Consultations

We offer affordable consultations and can arrange to meet with you in your home. Our office is easy to reach from anywhere in the Portland-Metropolitan area. We are located in the Historic Willamette District of West Linn in a converted Victorian home that is over 100 years old. We have free and accessible parking as well as a first floor conference room. To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, please call 503-342-2389, or send us a message.