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Karen B Dawson

Estate planning Attorney at West Linn, OR

5.0   35 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 21 years
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    80%
    Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Wills

  2. Probate
    20%
    Trust Administration and Probate

COMPASSIONATE, LOCAL TRUST AND ESTATE ATTORNEY

Estate Planning - Trusts - Wills - Health Care Directives - Probate - Trust Administration

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Location

Dawson Estate Law PC
5695 Hood St
West Linn, OR, 97068

Reviews

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Posted by John | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind when working with Karen
Karen thoughtfully and carefully led my wife and I through setting up a trust for our estate plan. She was very thorough and very thoughtful in her approach. Her approach led my wife and I to think of some things we had not considered when setting up this very important document. When working with her, one can tell she really cares about her clients and their well-being. I couldn't think of a better person to help us with this, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for this type of legal assistance.
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Posted by Ingrid | January 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
She's amazing!
Karen was referred to me by a close friend. I asked if I would like working with her and was told most definitely that I would. Karen made me feel very comfortable and welcome. I was there to review my trust and make changes to the document. We spent a good amount of time reviewing my old documents and giving me new information on the changes in trust documentation. I was sent home with several documents to review and fill out as well as questions regarding the items in my old trust. At our next meeting we reviewed what I had accomplished and she went over the items that I had filled out. My final meeting with Karen entailed my getting my new trust documents and a thumb drive with all the trust information on it. Everything was nicely filed in a binder and extremely easy to read. Should you be looking for an estate attorney I would definitely recommend Karen and her staff, they are incredible!
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Posted by Mike | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I worked with Karen to create a trust. The whole process was efficient, easy to understand, and thorough. She and her team listened to my needs and we got it right the first time, without any need for significant changes. I also learned about (and implemented) some planning directives I wasn't previously familiar with, such as the Advance Directive for Dementia. Overall this was a great experience, even though it can involve some difficult choices.
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Posted by Sandra | May 20, 2020
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Easy and complete
Karen Dawson is excellent to work with. Her preplanning materials for our wills and trust were easy to fill out. We have put this off for years believing it was going to be super complex but she made it easy. She was also very patient through my endless questions and she asked us questions to clarify our thinking. Her final package was thorough and gave us a step-by-step of next actions. We could not have done this without her. We highly recommend her for wills and trusts.
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Posted by Melissa | February 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Karen is wonderful to work with. She clearly explains the process and laws of estate planning in Oregon, especially since it is unfamiliar territory for us. She is thorough and offers council when we needed specific guidance, but never directly told us what decision we should make, especially in regards to end of life care and decisions. We hired her specifically for estate planning, writing our wills, and establishing trusts. It can be a very daunting task, since we have never had to face the reality of planning for the future after our deaths, but Karen's process is very smooth and reassuring. We enjoyed working with Karen's calming demeanor and vast knowledge of the law surrounding trusts and estate planning. We highly recommend her!
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Posted by Karen | January 2, 2020
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Estate Attorney
Karen Dawson was great. We found her on the internet under Estate planning. Karen walked us through the whole process so expertly and gently. She has loads of experience with Estate Plans. We recommend Karen Dawson HIGHLY. She made the process enjoyable.
Posted by Jane | December 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Karen helped us understand the purpose of a Trust (and found out some of our assumptions about Trusts were not correct). We also took care of our Wills and Advance Directives at the same time. We feel more confident our wishes will be carried out with the Trust created. It will also help our Successor Trustees maneuver the paperwork after we leave this fine world. Colleen, Karen's associate, is so delightful and helpful. Karen and Colleen both made us feel welcome and comfortable in their office.
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Posted by Charee | September 24, 2019
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Thanks
Karen Dawson is very knowledgeable. She made me feel at ease in talking to her. She is a very good listener. Karen was not quick in giving advices unless we asked her. She’s honest, humble, sincere and very thorough.
Posted by Kathie & David | August 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
real estate trust
Karen was really helpful explaining the differences for putting our home in a trust. Who knew it could be so involved! She took her time to make sure we understood every detail and now we are good to go!
Posted by Byron and Darcey | August 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Byron and Darcey
Karen was fabulous to work with. She explained things thoroughly. Appreciated that she was up front in her pricing, which was very reasonable for the services we received. She had some great ideas for us. We felt that she cared about us and the services she provides.
Posted by Rod | June 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Customer
My wife and I sought out Attorney Karen Dawson to get some help with estate planning to ensure our desires would be carried out in the event of an unfortunate catastrophic event. We could not be more satisfied with the help we received from Karen. She was highly knowledgeable in all aspects of trusts and was very clear in laying out our benefits and options. The final product was excellent physical and electronic documentation of all of our wishes going forward. Karen has given us tremendous confidence and peace of mind and we highly recommend her if you want your affairs handled right.
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Posted by Louise | April 29, 2019
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Knowledgable, compassionate, energetic!
I went to Karen for estate planning to create a will and trust. I was under a deadline of a surgery and wanted to make sure everything was up to date just in case. Karen was terrific about working on a tight deadline, gave me great advice about how to assign beneficiaries, graciously dealt with changes, and was perfectly pleasant through it all! I am much more informed than I was going in and have my estate binder ready. I also want to make a call out to her assistant Colleen. Great practice and people!
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Posted by Ryan | November 13, 2018
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Great Advice
We needed estate planning and my wife and I both own businesses. She made what seemed like a complicated process a clear and productive experience.
Posted by David | October 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great process in putting together our family trust
Karen did a great job with a previous probate issue we had and most recently with putting together our family trust. She is thorough in her approach and explains complex legal issues in a very easy to understand manner. I have served as trustee for two different trusts and thought I knew a lot, but Karen's counsel helped us in our planning and to avoid some pretty big pitfalls.
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Posted by Rebecca | August 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Karen prepared a living trust for my husband and me. She did an amazing job explaining all the intricacies of a trust, advising us on how to structure it, and drawing up the actual document. I cannot recommend her enough.
Posted by Suzanne | June 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Suzanne Mosman RN
I am thrilled with the will and estate plannning work Karen Dawson did for us! In each of our meetings together I was impressed with her professionalism, expertise, and demeanor. I admit that I wondered if the fact that I’m a nurse and my husband is a federal judge would make a difference in how she treated each of us, especially given the fact that she and my spouse are in the same profession and she might have been tempted to use “legalease” or discount my participation or be annoyed by my numerous questions. But I couldn’t have been more incorrect. She was respectful and in every step helpful to me as we worked through planning our trust and advanced directives etc. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. Each segment of the process went vastly better than I’d anticipated because of her complete competence and appropriate warmth and encouragement. The finished “product”, a fine binder with an explicit and easy to follow organization beautifully captures every minute detail we’d hope to be able to access readily on all the financial arrangements. I cannot express how grateful I am for her guidance and for the peace of mind fshe has fostered for our family. I especially appreciated the bright yellow checklist she provided for the front of the binder, that listed the remaining pieces that we personally needed to do to finish out the process. She will be checking back with us in a month to make sure we have done our part which I appreciate immensely. Thank you Karen! We wholeheartedly give her our highest recommendation.
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Posted by Gaylie | May 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
We love referring Karen Dawson!
We found Karen Dawson on this website and she did not disappoint! • She had a caring way of engaging with us about our needs and preferences in our final years. • We felt very confident by her expertise. • She was clear up front about what it would cost. • She was very efficient and organized. We were given forms to fill out with our financial information and our preferences to support our discussions in detail. • She really listened carefully and applied all our intentions to our trusts and wills and misc documents. • We left our final appointment with a beautiful binder with everything our family could possibly need as we age and eventually pass away. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience with Karen Dawson and with Colleen for making us feel so welcomed.
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Posted by Gary | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I was advised by friends and family that I needed some kind of legal document for my protect after the recent death of my wife brought this to a forefront. I was very pleased to work with Karen and was not disappointed in the least. I would recommend her as your lawyer.
Posted by Ivo | April 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Karen Dawson is THE BEST
Karen Dawson is the BEST attorney for all of the estate planning, trust and will. We are so glad to find her. She helps us understand the entire process, what to cover and also she takes our best interest. She goes above and beyond to educate and help us make those tough decision. We are so grateful to have her as our lawyer on this matter. Note: I'm a pretty hard to pleased person. So I'm writing this from the bottom of my heart that I give her a perfect 5 star scores because she is that Awesome. THANK you Karen and her great staff too. I wish all lawyers are as good, genuine, smart, humble, personable and down to earth as herself. Don't look around, hire her NOW!
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Posted by Carol | March 12, 2018
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Wonderful experience!
Karen helped us establish a family trust recently. She has a great personality, really understands the estate planning process, and shared her knowledge in easy to understand terms. I highly recommend Karen if you are interested in estate planning - we are very happy with the experience and results. Both Karen and her assistant Colleen are a delight to work with, and very professional!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Estate Planning Attorney
  • Law Office of Karen B. Dawson PC (now Dawson Estate Law PC)
  • 2007 - Present
  • Staff
  • Dawson Law Group P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Fallon, Bixby & Cheng
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • Crosland, Strand & Freeman
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • Columbia University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1994
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • B.A. cum laude
  • 1989
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Administration of the J Living Trust
  • Recovered close to full payment on note plus legal fees

Associations

  • Wealth Counsel LLC
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar - Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Active member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Charity League - Blue Heron Chapter
  • Board member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • National Charity League
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Financial Planning Association - Columbia Chapter
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Riverside Forum
  • Trust v. Wills - Making an Educated Choice
  • 2016
  • Riverside Forum
  • Preparing your family with Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Riverside Forum
  • Preparing your family with Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Portland Community College - Personal Financial Planning Class
  • Basics of Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Evergreen Investment Club
  • 12 Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is compassionate and knowledgeable in the area of estate planning. She makes her clients feel comfortable, and she explains the process exceedingly well. Karen is well respected, and I highly recommend her to anyone with estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Early on in Karen's estate planning career I had the delightful opportunity to serve as one of her professional mentors. I was impressed by her quick grasp of the legal technical aspects of estate planning as well as her adoption of a values-based approach to understanding her clients goals and concerns. Karen is now flying beautifully on her own and is a caring, compassionate estate planning attorney who cares deeply for her clients' well-being. She has a world-class education from some of the country's top universities. She is a brilliant Phi Beta Kappa and a life-long learner who constantly strives to stay at the top of her field. Despite her top-drawer education and many awards, Karen remains wonderfully modest and is always kind and considerate. I endorse Karen wholeheartedly; she's one of the best attorneys I know and I'm proud to have her as a colleague."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is one of the sharpest attorneys I know, and is constantly working to grow her knowledge and expertise. Add to that her warm and caring approach to dealing with people and you've got a great combination for an estate planning attorney."
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