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    I have not renewed my license as an attorney, but I still provide consulting to NW Property Law, the law firm that bought my practice.  "Preventive Law" is practiced.  Clients are strongly encouraged to consult long before disputes develop. The recommended approach is to attempt to spot and discuss as many potential problems as reasonably possible prior to their eruption into heated disputes. Perhaps they can be prevented altogether or at least the risks involved can be better understood.

    If it is too late for the "legal audit" route, clients are still advised of the various realistic alternatives to accomplish a resolution. And, when possible a "best estimate" will be given as to the respective non-monetary as well as monetary costs which are likely to occur.


    The firm primarily handles matters involving property and businesses located within the Oregon Coastal Counties.  But, it is also willing, especially for matters that do not require a court appearance, to consider document preparation, negotiations and review anywhere in Oregon or Colorado. Mr. Hillestad is licensed for and practices in both states.

    Fortunately, since most of what the firm does for clients such as advice and document preparation can be accomplished almost anywhere there is phone, fax, delivery or e-mail service, it does not matter much where either the clients or Mr. Hillestad happen to be physically located at the moment.


    Over three decades of experience in his legal specialities combined with a sideline of developing and operating historic properties both as owner and real estate broker. It tempers the theoretical legal education with practical business sense.


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Practice areas

  1. Real Estate: 75%
    43 years
  2. Business: 20%
    43 years
  3. Construction: 5%
    43 years



Hourly ($195/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Craig Douglas Joyce

    I worked for Charles Hillestad between 1980-82, then we remained friends and professional collegues ever since. We have referred matters back and forth to each other. I know Charles to be a careful and thoughtful attorney. He "thinks of everything." His documents are drafted with precision and clarity, without mistakes. He possesses a keen intellect and good sense of humor.


    Craig Joyce Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Lawrence J Popkin

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Chuck on many matters and have always found him to be straight forward, knowledgeable, honest and dedicated to his client's success.


    Lawrence Popkin Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Charles Hillestad

P.O. Box 9
McMinnville, OR, 97128

P O Box 1065
Cannon Beach, OR, 97110-1065

125 NE 3rd Street
McMinnville, OR, 97128



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Highest Possible Rating for Legal Skills and Ethics - AVMartindale-Hubbell Law Directory1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate and then PartnerRovira, DeMuth & Eiberger1973 - 1983
Clerk for Justice Paul HodgesColorado Supreme Court1972 - 1973
Night ClerkLawyers Club1970 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMember1993 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1972 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Allen v. Wilkins Case No. 03-2477Defendants ultimately settled with Plaintiffs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lower Columbia BusinessWhat’s in a Name?2004
The OregonianDucking Disasters1999
Oregon Business MagazineNo Complaints Here1999
Lower Columbia BusinessConverting Complaints to Compliments1999
The publications, starting in 1975, are too numerous to detailSome samples of the many published articles are above1975
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Too numerous to itemizelaw, marketing, innkeeping, and even romanceN/A