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Barbara Smythe

Estate planning Attorney at Beaverton, OR

5.0   5 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

EXPERIENCE. INTEGRITY. COMPASSION.

Location

Elder Law Portland LLC

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
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Obtained Co-Guardianship
At our family's request Ms. Symthe obtained a co-guardianship for our severely disabled adult brother. Two of his siblings were appointed co-guardians and it was done in an expedited manner as the circumstances required. Ms. Symthe consulted with our family not only throughout obtaining the guardianship, but thereafter when other issues arose as to his care. She has been superbly professional and supportive through very difficult circumstances regarding our brother. She was always available to speak to the family. The legal fees associated with our work with Ms. Smythe have been exceptionally fair and reasonable. We have appreciated working with her on every level.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2016
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Barbara Smythe
We hired Barbara to revise our estate documents after we moved from Florida to Oregon. She did this work in a timely, competent manner, charging us what we felt was a fair fee for her work.
Posted by Ross | July 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Portfolio
Completed our estate plan in an friendly efficient manner. She offered knowledgeable suggestions and listened carefully to our wishes.
Posted by Susan | June 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Guardianship
Barbara has been my attorney for 4+ years. She helped me become the legal guardian of a relative during a difficult time. Guardianship must be renewed annually. Barbara contacts me well in advance of the renewal date to ensure that the guardianship does not lapse. She is kind and extremely professional. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Greg | April 25, 2014
A lawyer who listens and follows through
Barbara is one who listens and makes sure she understands your needs and then provides the service you require. We had two living trusts we needed to setup that would cover two generations and she was able to meet our needs. What was needed was complicated but Barbara worked through it with ease and understanding. We are completely satisfied with her work and are now working with her again in another matter.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 120-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Elder Law Portland LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Myatt & Bell, PC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • General Counsel
  • EdChoices
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Klarquist Sparkman, LLP
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Barbara Smythe, attorney at law
  • 1993 - 2001
  • Legislative aide
  • Oregon Senate
  • 1992 - 1993
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD
  • 1992

Associations

  • OSB Elder Law section
  • Newsletter board member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • OSB Estate Planning & Administration section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Washington County Bench Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2021
  • OSB Region 4 Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • OSB Public Service Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • OSB Fee Arbitration Program
  • Arbitrator & mediator
  • 2012 - 2017
  • OSB Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012
  • OSB Nonprofit Organizations Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Classroom Law Project
  • Mock trial coach
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Board member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Board member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Queen's Bench
  • President
  • 2001 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • State champion team head coach
  • Classroom Law Project High School Mock Trial
  • 2015
  • Moot Court Honor Board
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 1991
  • Law Review
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 1990
  • Dean's Fellowship
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • Tilton v. Lee (In re Estate of Blakee)
  • 2015
  • Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section Newsletter
  • Court Rules on Property Held in Trust
  • 2013
  • Oregon State Bar Bulletin
  • Retired But Remembered: Oregon Lawyers Reminisce About Sandra Day O'Connor
  • 2006
  • Oregon State Bar Bulletin
  • Chief Concerns
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning in Oregon (CLE)
  • Special Needs Trusts and Medicaid Planning
  • 2023
  • Estate Planning A to Z (CLE)
  • Medicaid and Long-Term Care Planning
  • 2017
  • PSU guest lecturer
  • Estate planning
  • 2016
  • OSLC Foundation education series
  • What Happens if I Can't Speak for Myself?
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education conference
  • Closing Formal Probate
  • 2016
  • Planning for the Future
  • Incapacity and Medicaid planning
  • 2015
  • OSLC Foundation education series
  • Planning for the Golden Years
  • 2015
  • Transamerica Financial education seminar
  • Planning for Families with Children
  • 2014
  • Portland State University School of Business guest lecturer
  • Estate planning
  • 2014
  • Alzheimer's Association education series
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
  • 2014
  • Wine, Women and Wealth
  • Women's Issues in Planning for Aging
  • 2013
  • USD Conference
  • Planning for the Golden Years and Beyond
  • 2012
  • GPBC retirement conference
  • Protecting Elders and their Families
  • 2011
  • GPBC retirement conference
  • Planning to Leave a Legacy
  • 2011
  • Farmers Insurance district training
  • Taxable estate planning
  • 2011
  • Fios Webcast CLE
  • Unique Issues for Patent Litigation and E-Discovery
  • 2008
  • PNWPA CLE
  • The New Rules of Electronic Discovery: Why Everyone Needs to Know Them
  • 2007
  • Klarquist Sparkman CLE
  • The New E-Discovery Rules: Why You Need to Know Them
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara's tag line is accurate. She is experienced, compassionate and practices the utmost integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning
Beaverton Estate planning Lawyer Barbara Smythe
Barbara Smythe
Estate planning Attorney
Beaverton, OR
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available