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Maret Thatcher Smith

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Suspended - Non-Disciplinary No misconduct found

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

About Maret

Learn Maret’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%
    Estate planning is really a broad term and will mean different things to different clients depending on their assets, their family, and their goals. At Thatcher Smith Law, we help you through the process identifying your goals, itemizing your assets, and ensuring that your property gets transferred to the right people at the right time.

    10 years

  2. Trusts
    35%
    Trusts are wonderful tools to help avoid probate, save death taxes, and put some strings on the money you leave to your heirs.

    10 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Losing a loved one is difficult enough as it is without probate. We help people through the probate process in Lane County Oregon.

    10 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Written contracts are essential to any business. Whether you're a contractor, a landlord, or a sales company, we can help you identify which contracts you'll be needing all the time. We can also help you interpret contracts

    10 years

I got into estate planning law because it’s one of the few legal practices where everyone leaves my office happy. I genuinely enjoy getting to know my clients and being a small part of their family.

I’m here to make sure that your planning – whatever it entails – is done quickly and successfully.

Before starting my practice, I helped the estate planning clients of Ben Knaupp and Associates and worked as a corporate lawyer for KT Contracting Co., Inc. At Thatcher Smith Law I get to work closely with families and individuals through major life transitions. Whether they’re starting a small business, writing their first will, or dealing with the death of a loved one, I’ve been proud to serve them.

I’m here to make sure that your planning – whatever it entails – is done quickly and successfully. The sooner you start thinking about the future, the better you’ll be prepared to deal with it once it’s actually arrived.

 

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Location

Maret Thatcher Smith
312 NW 10th Street
#200 B
Portland, OR, 97209

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Reviews

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Posted by steve | November 14, 2012
Intestate Probate..
Excellant...accurate info...5 lawyers responded to info...Her's was only one correct....Highly recommend..
Posted by Diana | October 14, 2011
Thank you
I just want to thank you for the work you did on our case. We really appreciate you stepping in to help get us paid. You were refreshing and tenacious!
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2011
Excellent (and cost effective) Estate Planning Advice
We were very pleased with Ms. Smith's review of my father's Estate Planning and Trust documents. She went over them all to make sure they were in line with the current laws, made some changes he asked for, and helped us feel secure, knowing that everything was in order. She only did what was necessary, and didn't charge us to re-write anything we didn't need done. That way we saved both time and money. I would recommend her highly. She can start from scratch to set everything up, or just do what you need, and not overcharge you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Thatcher Smith Law, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Corporate Counsel, Consultant
  • KT Contracting Co.
  • 2010 - 2013

Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD
  • 2010
  • University of Oregon
  • BA
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • KT Contracting v. Ross Bros & Co and Safeco Insurance
  • My client, KT Contracting won under unjust enrichment theory.

Associations

  • Oregon Women Lawyers (Portland chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Committed Partners for Youth
  • Mentor
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List
  • Brigham Young University Law School
  • 2008

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Waddell Reed Portland Monthly Meeting
  • Basic Estate Planning for Financial Planners
  • 2014
  • Ankrom Moisan Portland Lunch and Learn
  • The Estate Planning Things you can do...and the Few You Should Not
  • 2014
  • Estate Planning Issues for the Elderly
  • Estate Planning Issues for the Elderly
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Maret
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maret is my go-to recommendation for clients that have estate planning needs. She is an excellent communicator and a thoughtful practitioner."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her profile speaks for itself. -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maret is a highly knowledgeable, professional, and motivated attorney. She educates her clients, and truly does great work for them. I feel confident sending any of my clients, or anyone else with estate planning needs to Maret."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maret worked with me to prepare a will and other related documents for a client with ALS. She is very knowledgeable in her field and thoroughly assessed the situation and provided sensible solutions to address the client's complex situation. I was impressed by her ability to explain legal concepts and processes in a way accessible to the client. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again."
Construction and development Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on a bond claim with Maret. I am impressed by her clear communication and results-oriented approach. Her business ownership experience shows in her advocacy for her clients. I hope to work with her on many more projects in the future."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. Smith worked with me on a significant trial in 2012. She provided timely research and analysis and was second chair at the trial itself. She was a substantial reason we received a verdict that was 100% of what we asked."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Maret has prepared estate planning documents for some of my clients. I can trust Maret to take the time to make sure nothing is overlooked. She is well-trained and applies the best practices developed by the top legal minds in estate planning. She doesn't cut corners or sell her clients complicated plans they really don't need. She is easy to work with and returns calls and meets deadlines. I expect her to have a long career."
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