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Michael John Turner

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Michael J. Turner

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Estate planning is the process of selecting representatives and beneficiaries. I help clients document those choices in their wills and trusts and coordinate with clients' other trusted advisors.

    15 years

  2. Probate
    "Probate" is the court-supervised settlement of an estate. I advise executors about their duties under Oregon law and estate beneficiaries about protecting their interests.

    15 years

  3. Trusts
    A "trust" is a set of rules imposed over property. I draft those rules, advise trustees on how to follow the rules, and ensure beneficiaries' rights under the rules are honored.

    15 years

  4. Guardianship
    A guardian may be needed when someone is unable to protect their own well being. I advise families about the appointment process and reporting obligations for guardians and conservators (financial guardians).

Michael's practice focuses on estate planning and administration. As an estate planner he advises clients about how to preserve their legacies and protect themselves and their loved ones. He also routinely guides executors, trustees, and guardians in carrying out their fiduciary duties. Estate and trust beneficiaries rely on his advocacy for their interests as well.

Michael says, “Most clients come to an initial meeting because they are dealing with major changes and decisions in their life and are feeling overwhelmed. More often than not, at the end of the process they say they feel relief. It’s always great to see the smiles as those weights and anxieties melt away.”

Michael graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in the top tenth of his class. He believes lawyers have a duty to promote justice for all and he volunteers pro bono services for modest estates passing to minors. He currently serves on a bar committee for promotion of legal historical projects.

Outside the office Michael enjoys reading, cooking, and training for his next triathlon. He and his wife are faithful servants to two cats.

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Michael John Turner
521 SW Clay Street
Portland, OR, 97201
Michael John Turner
5200 Meadows Road
Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035
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Posted by Rebecca | November 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Pleasure to work with. Will hire again for future legal needs.
My father had hired Michael to create his will a few years ago. After my father's passing and it was time to consider legal assistance to navigate the estate process, I felt confident in continuing to work with Michael. He was very considerate and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. Anytime I had a question, he was very prompt in his responses. We primarily communicated via email and that worked really well with my personal and work schedules. However, if needed he always offered to discuss matters by phone. With Covid-19 and being long distance, all in all, it went very well in my opinion. This was my first time as a Personal Representative of an Estate and I feel fortunate that I had Michael to assist me. He was very professional and personable. For future services, I will definitely be contacting Michael and would recommend him to anyone else that needs legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2020
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Michael Turner - Highly Recommend
Our standards are extremely high and after interviewing several estate attorneys we just weren't comfortable until Michael was suggested to us. He was willing to take our existing knowledge and offer advice that was perfect for our situation. He took the time to explain, educate, and answer all of our questions and concerns impeccably. It's unusual and refreshing to work with someone like Michael with such personal matters. We were relieved to finally have someone we trust update and implement our estate plan.
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Posted by Earl | October 10, 2019
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Earl Stuart owner of E & J Stuart Enterprises LLC
Since first being introduced to Michael at BNI, I made the decision that I wanted Michael Turner to be our "Business Attorney and Estate Planning Representative". His work ethics are beyond reproach! When it comes to Contracts for Leases and advice on rentals, Michael makes sure that the I's are doted and the T's crossed.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2019
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Hard Worker
I became acquainted (and hired) Michael back in 2014 and I have been working with him ever since. I will continue our relationship for as long as I may need his expertise. Michael is very dedicated and works hard for his clients. He listens well and has a very organized way of working on and solving problems. I highly recommend Michael for assistance in his field.
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Posted by Don | September 24, 2019
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Developing a will
Making decisions regarding power of attorney, distribution of funds and assets, and advanced directive protocols can be a daunting task when developing a will. Michael led us through the process with thoughtful and transparent explanations. His calm demeanor was helpful in bringing us to a peaceful resolution to decisions that affect those that are left behind after one passes away.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 240-240 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Larix Legal Counsel P.C.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Corey Law Group
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Owner
  • Michael J. Turner, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Dean C. Werst
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re GWD Trust
  • Irrevocable trust modified
  • In re REK Estate
  • Insolvent estate fully settled
  • BDH et al. v. Trustee of RDH Trust
  • Trust defense successful


  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Heritage Interest Group Committee
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Quality of Life Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (0)
Endorse Michael
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I work in divorce. As you can imagine, many divorces result in the need for people to revisit their estate planning. It speaks volumes of Michael's work that I recommend him to all of my clients."
Guardianship Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney working on guardianship and trusteeship, I have consulted Michael for his opinion on guardianship matters, and his advice has always been spot on. Michael has the steady demeanor and the precise knowledge necessary to give wise advice on probate matters large and small."
Trusts Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michael is a trusts and estates wizard. Highly capable and dedicated to his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a great lawyer and a great person. I highly recommend his services - very knowledgeable, experienced and savvy. He works hard to protect the interests of his client. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Michael for all of their estate planning needs."
Business Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Turner is very detail oriented and did an excellent job on a project we worked on together. At the same time he is down to earth and easy to work with. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Estate planning Lawyer Michael John Turner
Michael John Turner
Estate planning Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 14 years