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James D McVittie

James D McVittie

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law

About Me

James D. McVittie, Attorney at Law, principal attorney at Legacy Preservation Law.


Jim’s desire to help others led him to start his own law firm, McVittie-Law PC in 2000 to focus on estate planning issues. In 2011 McVittie-Law PC was rebranded as Legacy Preservation Law to more accurately reflect the services provided by the firm.


Previously, Jim spent many years practicing workers’ compensation litigation. A native of Washington state, Jim received his undergraduate  degree in Political Science from Washington State University in 1984. In 1984 Jim moved  to Portland to attend law school at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College,  receiving his Juris Doctor in 1987. After law school Jim passed the bar exam in both Oregon and Washington and is currently licensed to practice in both states. 


Jim enjoys community involvement, travel, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, hiking and skiing. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Estate Planning: 70%
    15 years, 800 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    15 years, 30 cases
  3. Elder Law: 10%
    4 years, 10 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Jonathan A Millet

    Attorney McVittie's advice is spot on; as shown by the answers he has posted to questions on estate planning and probate law, he takes the time to answer questions in a common sense manner and plainly addresses legal issues.


    Jonathan Millet Wills & Living Wills Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Terri Hilliard Olson

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Terri Hilliard Olson Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Legacy Preservation Law

1841 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR, 97210-2530




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2014 Five Star Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2014
2013 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2013
Distinguished 4.2 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2013
2012 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2012
2011 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMcVittie-Law PC d.b.a. Legacy Preservation Law2000 - Present
RecruiterThe Affiliates1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyReinisch Mackenzie, PC1997 - 1998
Staff AttorneyLiberty Northwest Insurance Co.1990 - 1996


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Portland Area Business AssociationMember2002 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration SectionMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1988 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
A lesson in the importance of planningFormal Probate and most likely a suit to Quiet Title

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark CollegeLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Washington State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
7 Threats to Your Family SecurityEstate Planning2012
6 Oregon Lawyers Speak OutEstate Planning Issues for Same-Sex Couples2010