5.0 stars 10 totalReview Valerie Kirkendall
Designated as the personal representative of my father's estate, I hired Val to assist me with the probate process. Since I live out of state and performed most of this role remotely, closing the estate was challenging. Despite the distance, Val supported me exceptionally well. Her emails and other correspondence were clear and organized. She was responsive and provided efficient assistance and sound legal advice. The cost for her services were fair and reasonable, too.
What I appreciated most about Val was her kindness and sensitivity. There were moments when I was frustrated with my crazy family or simply overwhelmed by the probate requirements while also managing a full time, demanding career. Val was there for me offering a reassuring comment to help me, or sometimes gently push me, through the difficult spots.
In my life I have encountered attorneys who can be manipulative or introduce more conflict for their own purpose. But really, don't we have enough challenges in life? Shouldn't attorneys be our liaison to the law and assist to resolve issues that serve the highest and greatest good? Well, Val is that attorney with high integrity.
I trust Val because she does the "right thing" and does it with a kind heart.
A few years ago, I went to Valerie for a Will and/or a Trust. She explained in terms which I could understand why a Trust is needed or not needed, what Probate is, how a Power of Attorney works and the details of a Health Care Directive. I was very impressed by her knowledge and how clearly she communicated with me, both in person and by email. I am lucky to have found an attorney who is very personable, patient and competent. I have recommended her to three friends who all have had positive experiences with her. I highly recommend her to anyone with legal needs!
My husband and I met with Valerie to revise our wills that were created by another attorney years ago. We walked into her office not understanding much of the legal jargon in our wills and she did a fabulous job explaining the details that were confusing to us. Valerie is very personable, professional and knowledgeable. I'd recommend her to a friend in a heartbeat!
Valerie was hired by my father to settle my brother's complicated and messy estate. She was nothing but patient as we worked through the muddle. I also have consulted her regarding my father's estate and setting up a trust fund for my son. She gives clear directions and advice, and is willing to explain matters suitably. I will consult her again whenever I need the services of an attorney. We plan to hire her to update our will.
During our family's difficult time (both parents passing) Valerie was was very supportive, flexible and extremely helpful in her legal counsel. She always returned phone calls and emails promptly and was available to meet on short notice when necessary. As the executor of my parents estate, I was totally comfortable with her advice and handling of all the paperwork, which can be extensive.
My parents were both elderly and always commented on how friendly Valerie was and how she made things manageable for them in their later years.
High marks for Valerie and I would highly recommend.
Valerie Kirkendall helped me with several different situations, regarding Estate Planning, Will Preparation, appointing Medical Representatives and Power of Attorney for both myself, and many of my relatives. I have referred her name to many of my friends, and I give her the highest review, as an excellent attorney.
I needed a simple will before going to surgery and it was completed within a few days; much appreciated. The office is easy to find in downtown Tigard.
Hired Valerie eight years ago for probate counsel and have never looked back. She's represented me with a steady, reasoned hand in an on-going case since 2007 that has been both emotionally and financially messy. I could not have made it through the estate quagmire without Valerie and recommend her practice with absolute confidence.
Valerie came very highly recommended. I was very pleased with her expertise and professionalism. She was very helpful in handling the conservatorship and other matters.
Posted by bob
I found Valerie to be easy to work with, knowledgeable and efficient. She was thoroughly professional helping me with my probate duties. Her fee was reasonable and her estimates accurate . I highly recommend her.