Estate Planning

Affordable Legal Help For People Who Need To:

➜  Draft a Will

➜  Create a Living Trust

➜  Create a Healthcare Directive

➜  Create a Power of Attorney

The Commons Law Center was an amazing partner in our legal matter. They were always very responsive, and took the time needed to explain things and make sure we were happy with the outcome."

Kyle L., Portland

The Commons Law Center helps Oregonians and their families protect their property, provide for loved ones, and make sure that their health care wishes are respected. The right legal documents can make sure that your money and property does not fall into the wrong hands.

Why do I Need Estate Planning?

Regardless of your age or income, estate planning can help you and your loved
ones achieve important life goals like:

Avoiding the expensive and complicated process of probate

Avoiding family conflict when your wishes are clear

Controlling healthcare decisions

Preserving the ability to appoint a guardian for your minor children

Controlling end-of-life decisions

Directing financial decisions if you are unable to make them yourself

How We Help Families

Not everyone needs every element of an estate plan all at once. Depending on your situation, we can help you with any or all of the following;

  • Health Care Directives
  • HIPAA Authorizations
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Assignments of Personal Property
  • Assignments of Real Property Deeds
  • Funeral and Burial Instructions

"The Commons Law Center was so helpful and professional! Going through a legal matter can be very difficult and expensive. They really made the difference! Thank you so much for all your help." 
 — Thomas C.

Our Estate Planning Process

1

Estate Planning Consultation

Once you're qualified, you'll meet with one of our attorneys to go over your needs and outline your goals for your estate plan. This can be in person, by phone, or via video. We'll present you with options for meeting your goals, and explain which ones we recommend for you.

2

Creating Legal Documents

We write up the legal documents you need for your plan, then we go through them with you to make sure they reflect your wishes. We want you to be completely comfortable with your plan. Once it is ready, we help you make sure the documents get executed correctly and stored properly.

3

Guidance & Support

We don't just draft your documents; we make sure you understand how to use them. Because we don't charge hourly, you can be confident that we will take the time to answer all of your questions, all for a fixed fee* you know up front.

How We Work

Fixed Fee Services

The Commons Law Center is different from most law firms. For most of our legal work we do not charge an hourly rate and we do not require a large, up-front retainer payment. 

Instead, we offer fixed fee legal services. That means you'll know exactly how much you'll pay for the legal help you need. And we always give you options to keep your legal costs affordable.

You may even qualify for free legal help in some situations.*

Sliding Scale Prices

We price our services on a sliding scale, so the fees you pay are tailored to your income level. We have 6 pricing tiers serving people who make up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Over half of all Oregonians qualify for our affordable legal services.

Pricing for your project will depend on your needs. We work with you to make sure you understand all of your potential fees and costs so you can make an informed decision about the help you can afford.

Teaching & Support

Our goal is to empower you to become a better user of the legal system. We'll help when you need us, but we also want to teach you how to do many things yourself, without needing an expensive full-scope lawyer.

Our team works with our clients to provide the tools, the training, and the templates for you to be able to handle the simple parts of your case yourself. You can always have us review your work so you can be confident that you're doing things right.

If you are uncomfortable doing things yourself, or if you just need the peace of mind that comes from having a professional do the job, you can hire us to do the work for you. We always strive to offer you options that will help you meet your goals and your comfort level at an affordable price.

*

Some Oregonians may qualify for free legal help with eviction defense, eviction records expungement, and estate planning. Contact us for details.

Some of Our Estate Planning Services

A will allows you to determine who gets your money and your property after you die. Without a will, the state will determine who gets your money and things. Our lawyers can help you understand how the estate planning process works in Oregon, prepare the necessary forms and legal filings, and answer all of your questions about how a will works. We work on an affordable, flat fee basis to meet your legal and financial needs.  Click here to get started.

When you are not able to speak for yourself, you want to make sure your healthcare wishes are respected and carried out. Our lawyers can help you understand how the process works in Oregon, prepare the necessary forms and legal filings, and answer all of your questions about how a healthcare directive works. We work on an affordable, flat fee basis to meet your legal and financial needs. Click here to get started.

Creating a Trust helps make sure your property goes to the people you care about and not to corporations or unnecessary taxes after you die.  Our lawyers can help you understand how the process works in Oregon, prepare the necessary forms and legal filings, and answer all of your questions about how a trust works. We work on an affordable, flat fee basis to meet your legal and financial needs. Click here to get started.

Not sure which option is right for you? Click the button below to request a free consultation with a member of our Estate Planning team.