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John J Christianson

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

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My practice is focused on estate planning, which includes wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, gifting, guardianships, and conservatorships. 

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Licensed for 16 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/28/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/11/2022

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Four Point Legal, P.C.
2035 NW Front Avenue Ste 200
Portland, OR, 97209

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Posted by Susan | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, qualified and thorough lawyer. Smooth and efficient experience.
I hired John to help me with my dad's estate after he passed, and can't imagine finding a better person to guide me through the long and complex process. Never having dealt with this type of situation before, he explained my roles and responsibilities thoroughly and thoughtfully, and exhibited tremendous patience when I know I asked sometimes the same question repeatedly. I had such a positive experience with him on that front, that my family hired him to help establish my daughter's legal documents once she turned 18 and then revisit my husband and my estate plans. While I know this was not the case, I always felt I was his most important client in that any phone call or email I sent was dealt with extremely promptly. I truly can't imagine a better, kinder, more competent lawyer to hire.
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Posted by Lynn | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Competent and Dependable
I hired John to help me understand and successfully execute my duties as trustee of my deceased father’s estate. There was a good deal of family conflict before I found John. He played an essential role to minimize the conflict and emotional stress for all the involved parties. John protected my best interest and at the same time made my legal/ethical responsibilities clear to me. John consistently showed such a high level of professionalism that I think he must be one of the very best Portland attorneys for doing estate work. (I had earlier experience with several other attorneys that didn’t work out.) In addition, he always dealt with me in a pleasant, considerate, and helpful manner.
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Posted by Jamie | May 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Estate Planning Experience
We were introduced to John through a friend on an unrelated matter. That was a positive experience and we engaged John and his team for our long overdue estate planning needs. John takes the complex world of comprehensive estate planning and makes it easy to understand and navigate. John took the time to ask the right questions, answer our many questions and explain the legal-ese of wills, trusts, directives, etc. in layperson's terms. There is tremendous peace of mind knowing our family's estate is in order and we look forward to working with John for many years as the need arises.
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Posted by Maribeth | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and great to work with
We were overdue for estate planning. John prepared wills, powers of attorney and medical directives for my husband and me. He asked us questions to discover our circumstances and what we wanted to accomplish with the various legal instruments. We discussed trusts and taxes, and he answered all of our questions. He helped us make good decisions about how to manage the transfer of our large estate to our young adult children (who could potentially receive large bequests before they are mature enough to handle those responsibilities). He designed solutions that solved all the problems we were dealing with. We will be meeting again with John every couple of years to update our documents. We have complete trust in him and look forward to working with him in the future. And my husband is an attorney--he found John to be thoroughly competent and professional.
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Posted by Darlene | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Establishing a Family Trust
John was referred to us for establishing a Family Trust. His efficiency, expertise, and understanding of our situtaiton was deeply appreciated. John's direct approach, along with his comforting professional demeanor, emphasised the importance and understanding in the development of our trust.
Posted by John | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent review
He is knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and patient. A true Oregonian in the best sense of the word.
Posted by Michelle | June 15, 2015
Looking for an phenomenal Oregon lawyer? Don't pass up John Christianson.
I met John Christianson in July, 2014 and he has been an integral part of handling my Dad's trust for the past year. After the death of my father and in crisis John helped guide me through the complicated process of negotiating the estate. John is a genuine, compassionate person and immediately likable. John is easily reachable and quick to respond to my questions. I would also find him to be a brilliant, tough lawyer who tirelessly represented me with passion, intelligence and integrity. It is as if he is made for this type of work! He will go very far in this career without a doubt.
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Posted by Christina | February 18, 2015
Highly Recommend!
John was wonderful in aiding my family and I through the process of estate matters after my mom suddenly passed. He was always friendly, respectful and compassionate while also very professional and knowledgeable. We appreciate everything he did for us and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Dave Henry | February 16, 2015
Great Estate Planning Attorney!
My wife and I engaged John a couple of years ago to assist us with our estate planning and will preparation. We couldn't have been more pleased with John's services. He is an extremely trustworthy legal professional who has the best interests of his clients in mind. John really took the time to ask a ton of probing questions that ultimately led to a plan that we feel confident with. I HIGHLY recommend John Christianson! Dave Portland, OR
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Posted by Nick | February 13, 2015
Helpful, Enthusastic
We followed John from his previous office. He helped prepare our wills and estate planning. We are very happy with his responsiveness and enthusiasm. It is a pleasure to work with someone who clearly loves their work.
Posted by deneen | February 5, 2015
Precision and Patience
Working with John Christianson at Menasche Law firm was an incredibly smooth process. John worked with my family on several cases ranging from estate issues to other business related projects. It was refreshing to have accurate, very accessible contact anytime we needed it. More importantly, I never felt rushed and the work they presented was always very clear, detailed and precise.
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Posted by Kim | February 5, 2015
Writing your will can be a daunting process, John made it painless.
No one looks forward to that meeting. The one where you have to think about your own demise, and then talk about what happens next. Ewwww Like most people I put it off, but when I walked into John's office I could tell that he would make it an efficient, streamlined process; painless. John instilled confidence immediately. His demeanor is friendly and his approach gentle, but when we got down to brass tacks, he was all in, making certain all of the details were covered and that we had accounted for as many contingencies as possible. He helped me wade through the pro's and con's of how to provide for my children. Given their age differences he was insightful in how to accommodate each of them properly with as little potential for discord as we could. All the while keeping me focused on the task at hand and not getting lost n the emotional "weeds" of the process. Johns team was great; So efficient in their work and keeping me informed throughout the process. John's communication is stellar. I never had to wait long for an answer to that question I was certain was the most important one on the planet at the moment :) I know that throughout my life, I will be able to count on John for his guidance and expertise. Given that sentiment, it was easy for me to recommend him to a friend of mine. Her father had a sudden change in his health and she needed to obtain a Guardianship as quickly and efficiently as possible. To add to the fun, her family was going to make it a messy event. John rose to the occasion and gave her the peace of mind she needed to work through the process while trying to care for her dad and dodge her family's self induced chaos. Again John's team was amazing. Given that my friend lives out of state, they bent over backwards to insure the process didn't interfere with her ability to work on her father behalf for the medical and financial roadblocks she faced. I knew that she was going to have a difficult time sorting through all that she faced and I was certain that John was the right attorney to take care of her - which was a blessing given the gravity of the situation. And as an added bonus, John has a great network of people to add to the team when a "specialist" is what is needed. I could not be more pleased with my choice in John. He has shown me that the little "bio" they list on the website was not a load of *&#$. Its true in this case. John has my back.
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Posted by sally | April 26, 2013
Current Client Highly Recommend
I had been looking for a family trust attorney . Past few years tried several others which had resulted in high bills, lack of complete legal knowledge , poor communication and document errors. I can not convey my relief at finding someone that has all the above attributes in one person. Mr. Christianson dealt fairly with varying personalities of family keeping everyone calm. He communicates in a manner that all can understand what needs to be accomplished. He has shown an extremely in depth understanding and knowledge of the law within his field. I have complete trust in Mr. Christiansons's abilities to do the exact work that is needed without worry.
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Posted by sarah | June 25, 2012
excellent!
I had the opportunity to work with John to set up a trust fund for refugee children. He was personable, incredibly intelligent and compassionate, and also very efficient. I can't recommend his services highly enough -- he's excellent.
Posted by Peter | June 24, 2012
An existing client of John Christianson
John did a great job getting our estate documents in order. He knows his area & was vey easy to work with on this project.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Four Point Legal, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Black Helterline LLP
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Corporate Counsel
  • C&K Market, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Watkinson Laird Rubenstein Baldwin & Burgess, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Oregon
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Georgetown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • 20 Under 40 Business Rising Business Stars
  • Register Guard - Eugene
  • 2009
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Publications

  • OSB Estate Planning Section Newsletter
  • Estate Planning in Turbulent Times: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Death and Taxes (and Divorce?): Planning for Life's (Un)Certainties
  • 2014
  • 26th Annual Family Law Seminar
  • Intersection of Family Law and Tax
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning Skills Lab for New Lawyers
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning for New Lawyers
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a smart and sophisticated estate planner. He communicates well and is a calming force when problem solving with his clients. John is adept and pro-active in administering complex trusts and probate estates in both Oregon and Washington. He is a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know John well. He is a diligent and knowledgable attorney who is respected in the community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an incredibly intelligent and skilled attorney. I recommend him to anyone looking for top-notch representation in estate planning and probate cases."
Estate planning Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is thoughtful and works incredibly hard for his clients. I can't recommend him enough in any area of law he practices."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely competent and client service oriented."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is competent, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. He has a comprehensive knowledge of tax law in both sophisticated estate planning and business matters and frequently uses a savvy and creative approach to accomplish clients' goals."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anyone who meets John learns quickly that he is an exceptionally talented and capable attorney. And he's also a great guy. He is very generous with his time both in mentoring younger attorneys and in giving back to the community. While he is a consummate professional, he is also friendly and easy to get along with. I give him my unqualified endorsement."
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