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Steven M Zipper

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

4.9   34 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Steven

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Steve combines his 17 years as an estate planning attorney with a solid tax background working at two of the "Big Five" accounting firms. As Shareholder of the estate planning practice Steve manages the business and assists clients with all aspects of their estate plans including wills, trusts, life insurance planning, estate and trust administration after death (including probate), and business succession planning, as well as estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. Steve’s focus is on helping people plan for protecting what is important to them, both during life and upon their deaths.  

As an estate planning attorney, Steve is a sincere advocate and planner, working with clients through the complexities of their situations. In his personal life Steve enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling around Portland and planning for his next big travel adventure!

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2016 2015

Location

Gevurtz Menashe PC
Steven M Zipper
115 NW 1st Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR, 97209-4024
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
Everything a lawyer should be
Steve Zipper has done stellar work for me and my family - and gone above and beyond. When we first met and started talking (recently married, kid on the way), Steve asked if we had our family affairs in order. He was truly concerned that we have the best plan in place, helping us set up wills, trusts, medical directives and power of attorney, and helping us find sound financial advice as well. He was incredibly thorough, and personal in a way that we didn't feel like we were getting plugged into a template. Since then Steve has helped me with setting up a business, projecting and preparing for some potential legal difficulties, and more. What sets him apart is that he absolutely thrives on finding the approach, technique or tool that is the perfect fit for you. I've gotten to know Steve well, and I can attest that he really loves what he does, and nothing is better for him than finding a unique solution that few if any others could have come up with. The things you want in a lawyer are all there - attention to detail, thorough knowledge of the law, professionalism - but it's what's beyond that that makes him stand out: compassion, genuine interest, unquestionable integrity and an altruistic desire to use the law to help people. It gives me a very high level of comfort to know I have Steve in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
Very thoughtful and proactive estate planning attorney
Steve has helped my family with all of our estate planning and business needs for over ten years. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone that needs a well drafted and thoughtful estate plan. As with most business owners, my estate plan had to take into consideration the various complexities of our business entities. He was able to take complex issues and simplify them so that my Wife and I could understand and make good decisions. Steve and his team were always very accessible. Accessibility was very helpful given our busy lives. Our estate planning didn't drag on like I've heard from others. I think if you are someone that cares about protecting your family in the event of a death or disability, you should use Steve.
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Posted by Beth | January 26, 2021
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Excellent personalized trust and will planning
We hired Steven Zipper to do our estate planning (trust and will) after a most delightful interview with him. His easygoing personality put us right at ease, and at the same time it was clear that he was an expert in his field of law. He listened very carefully to our desires and crafted a pretty complex trust that would take care of our children in the event of our passing before they were all grown. We enjoyed this process with him (which says something!) and ended up with a product that we feel very confident will serve our family well. We would absolutely recommend Steven to anyone looking for a trust attorney.
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Posted by Janet | January 24, 2020
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A truly top-notch attorney
My siblings and I hired Steve Zipper to advise us through the process of dealing with our parent's estates, both before and after their deaths. We had many decisions to make and did not know where to begin. Steve advised and guided us through decisions regarding our parents' waning mental capacities; LLC law; tax strategy for two trusts; the resignation and replacement of two trustees; coordinating with real estate lessees; and the distribution of assets to four beneficiaries. Through it all, Steve was a true professional. He returned our calls and emails promptly; always made sure we understood the law and the steps we needed to take; he made sure the trustees understood and were up to date on their duties; and he helped us resolve our conflicts (not an easy task). Steve earned our trust with his legal acumen, diligence, and his genuine interest in the well-being of us all. I am delighted to give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Louis | March 27, 2019
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What a great experience.
We recently worked through our entire estate plan with Steve Zipper. With multiple trusts and businesses, our estate plan was fairly complex. Throughout the process, Steve was incredibly knowledgeable and patient, explaining everything in terms we could actually understand. He made the process easy and even enjoyable. Getting our estate plan done has relieved so much stress from our lives, and Steve made it happen. We can't recommend Steve highly enough!
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Posted by Susan Jane | October 10, 2018
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All lawyers should be like Steve!
We originally came to Steve for relatively easy estate planning, with which we were very happy. Years later, we wanted to update our estate plan and asked Steve to do some corporate paperwork for us as well: even though we hadn't worked together for almost a decade, Steve remembered what was important to us and helped us revise our paperwork accordingly. The process was easy, and dare I say fun. Steve was able to clearly explain to us the purpose of each passage, and answered all of our questions. We've been very happy with Steve's work, and would recommend him to others.
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Posted by Jamie and Tiffany | June 8, 2018
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Very well guided!
The majority of us have been there...marriage, a house, careers, children, assets and....no formal plan should something happen to us. It’s not fun to think about but at least twice a year on our annual road trips it would be at the forefront of our minds...what if? What would happen? What would life look like for our three precious children? We put it off for varying reasons...Who do we trust?, Probably costs a lot!, We drive a big safe car! and a handful of other reasons but none very good. We’d hear of freak accidents where children were suddenly orphaned and the horror that followed those events for those that had parents without a plan. We decided it was time to put our adult britches on and get something in place. We chose Steven Zipper for our estate planning. He immediately set our minds at ease! He was knowledgable, professional and extremely thorough! He made the process of creating our trust, will, medical directives, etc simple. He didn’t charge and arm and a leg either. We never felt rushed or pressured, just very well guided! He took the time to answer all of our questions and there were many! We’d highly recommend our new friend and atty Steven Zipper one hundred times over! He’ll put your mind at ease!
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Posted by Tom | December 28, 2017
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Experience with Steve Zipper with estate planning
Very detailed, careful process. Every item clearly explained and reviewed. Every question addressed thoroughly.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2017
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A service above and beyond...
No words can express the amount of care and professionalism that Steve extended to us during our family crisis. We literally had three days before our departure back home to to prepare our family estate and wills. We are US citizens but we live abroad in the UK. Dealing with diverse international laws and distance, Steve's knowledge made the whole process absolutely seamless. He was incredibly compassionate, and his depth of estate planning and family matters truly gave us comfort and confidence in his advice. We will continue to use Steve for legal matters on a long term basis and give him the highest recommendation to others looking for such advice.
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Posted by Catherine | September 4, 2017
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Amazing Experience!
I'm writing to express our gratitude to Steven Zipper an his staff. Mr. Zipper came highly recommended for good reason. He patiently and thoroughly walked us through our options in regards to preparing our will. He told us what to expect in regard to the product, price and time frames all of which were adhered to. We can recommend Mr. Zipper and his staff without any reservation!
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Posted by Debi | June 14, 2017
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We highly recommend Steven Zipper for estate planning!
We have made two prior attempts to work with attorneys on our estate plan and quite frankly the process was very confusing so we just let it slide. Steven was recommended to us by our financial planner and what a difference!! He was organized, explained everything really well in terms we understood and then got right to work and stuck to a fairly tight schedule to get it all done. We could not be happier with the outcome and have already shared our wonderful experience with friends.
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Posted by liz | April 25, 2017
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estate planning and trust creation
I met with Steve, to refresh and update my trust and to do some estate planning. He has been extremely helpful, knowledgeable, quick to implement changes. We are streamlining my estate planning and I have a great deal of confidence that this is a sustainable relationship going forward.
Posted by Bruce | April 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Updated Will
Steven and his staff were so helpful, professional, and thorough. We needed to update our wills and work through issues related to our estate, and Steve was the right attorney for us! He is patient, knowledgable, and a good listener, asking all the right questions to make sure that our future planning is just what we want! We chose Steve on the basis of the favorable reviews that we read online and we were so pleased with the results. Hopefully, our review will provide the feedback you need to make the choice that is right for you. You will not be disappointed with Steve and his staff :)
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Posted by Katie | March 2, 2017
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Outstanding
My husband and I hired Steven to do long overdue wills, revocable living trusts, and healthcare directives. This was our first time doing them, and our situation was somewhat complicated. Not only was Steven's work excellent, he was able to explain complex legal issues in an accessible way. It wasn't easy to think through things like who would care for our child in the event of our untimely deaths, but Steven made the process as easy as it could be, and when we were done, we felt a surge of relief knowing that our wishes would now be not just known to our loved ones, but official. We recommend Steven without reservation. He was a total pro and a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Scott | February 14, 2017
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Mr. Steven Zipper
Steven is timely, intuitive and decisive. He led us through the process smoothly after reaching his conclusions about what we needed. He provided clear communications, good explanations of the complex world of wills and trusts, and provided us with options whenever appropriate. A very good experience.
Posted by Shawn | January 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planing
Steve was great to work with! He was professional and took the time to listen to our needs and wants in order to capture our family goals. We always felt like we had a voice through the process and given the room to customize our needs. I will continue to use and recommend Steve for his Estate Planning services!
Posted by Miles | October 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning, Probate, Trusts .
I was introduced to Steven because I was about to have life threatening surgery . I needed to plan my estate if the surgery failed. Steven took complex questions and created easy solutions. He is a Godsend. He is kind , easy to work with and VERY smart. I survived the surgery, yet still make little changes to my estate planning. Steven is always there to help and offer suggestions. My wife and I are so lucky to have Steven Zipper by our side. He is the best!
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Posted by Amy | October 11, 2016
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Integrity, thoughtful, and just what we needed.
My brother passed away unexpectedly this past year and it threw our small family into a tailspin of grief, despair, disbelief, and disarray. Dad and I came to Steve because we wanted to ask him some questions about an LLC we shared. Steve met with my dad and I and walked us through the fact that neither of us had any kind of estate plan in place. When we first went in, before the meeting, Dad said that he was going to do any kind of legal paperwork through an online process. After our initial meeting with Steve, Dad changed his mind. Steve listened intently to our story about my brother, asked questions about what we were trying to do, and offered us solutions we didn't even realize we needed. Dad was able to document his wishes regarding his end of life care for when the time comes, along with completing other necessary estate papers. I did the same. Now, we both feel so much more secure that if something should happen to either of us, our family knows our wishes and Steve will take care of us. Steve is a man of integrity, compassion, a quiet sense of humor, and he is super efficient at what he does. His support team is right at his side, offering seamless care. I can't thank him enough for doing his job with grace. I would recommend him in a heart beat.
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Posted by Jade Thelin | October 4, 2016
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Excellent estate planning attorney
I am a retirement specialist with New York Life and I love to be able to refer clients to good attorneys that I trust, Steve is that guy. I know he will take care of my clients and I don't have to worry about them being taken advantage of or over paying for something they don't need. I personally use Steve for my own family and have referred my entire extended family to him as well. Thanks for all your help Steve!
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Posted by Julie | September 29, 2016
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Outstanding!
Steve was recommended to us by our financial planner and surpassed our expectations! We had never prepared an estate plan and Steve couldn't have been more straightforward and thorough in his approach with us. He took care to explain things in terms we could understand and we never felt rushed or pressured into anything. Steve was very organized for our meeting and helped us arrive at a wonderful estate plan. Would recommend him to anyone!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson Howe, PC
  • 2013 - Present

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1996
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (3)
Endorse Steven
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve takes amazing care of his clients! I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I trust Steve Zipper for the most complex estate planning issues that arise in my commercial litigation cases. He is pragmatic, calm and knowledgeable. I have a number of clients that I have referred to Steve that have reported how pleased they are with him. He is the person I would hire for my own estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is a caring, thoughtful, and capable lawyer. He is a terrific listener and truly takes personal interest in doing whatever he can to help. I would not hesitate to refer clients or family to Steve for help."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I never hesitate to refer clients to Steve. He is extremely diligent, capable and measured in his approach. And his interpersonal and communcation skills are top notch."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve takes the time to give personal attention to his clients. His knowledge and attention to detail provides his clients with confidence and peace of mind for all of their estate planning needs. I would never hesitate to refer any client to Steve as I know they will receive impeccable service."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Portland Estate planning Lawyer Steven M Zipper
Steven M Zipper
Estate planning Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available