Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and... more
Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and administration. As a husband and father, Chris understands the hopes, joys and fears of being a parent. Chris is dedicated to preparing unique, affordable estate plans that give his clients the peace of mind of knowing they have provided for their families. Chris also believes in giving back to the community. He is a mem... view profile
I love Estate Planning because I have the opportunity to work with people to plan... more
I love Estate Planning because I have the opportunity to work with people to plan for themselves, their family and their legacy. Most estate plans include a revocable living trust, a will, a power of attorney, an advance health care directive and HIPAA waiver. My number one priority is to ensure that the plan follows my clients' goals and values. I also work in after death trust and estate ad... view profile
I am primarily a tax lawyer andin2006opened my own office in downtown Portland. I... more
I am primarily a tax lawyer andin2006opened my own office in downtown Portland. I graduated from Lewis Clark Law School, and went on to do another year at New York University where I got a specialty degree in taxation. For six years I was in private practice with a large Portland law firm, and in 1986 went to work in-house at PGE whereI stayed for 19 years. While at PGE I represented PGE and i... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.