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James D. McVittie, Attorney at Law, principal attorney at Legacy Preservation Law.


Jim’s desire to help others led him to start his own law firm, McVittie-Law PC in 2000 to focus on estate planning issues. In 2011 McVittie-Law PC was rebranded as Legacy Preservation Law to more accurately reflect the services provided by the firm.


Previously, Jim spent many years practicing workers’ compensation litigation. A native of Washington state, Jim received his undergraduate  degree in Political Science from Washington State University in 1984. In 1984 Jim moved  to Portland to attend law school at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College,  receiving his Juris Doctor in 1987. After law school Jim passed the bar exam in both Oregon and Washington and is currently licensed to practice in both states. 


Jim enjoys community involvement, travel, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, hiking and skiing. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 70%
    16 years, 800 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    16 years, 30 cases
  3. Elder Law: 10%
    5 years, 10 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lora Michele-Foley Howard

    Jim is a knowledgeable and talented attorney. His personality puts people at ease and helps them feel comfortable talking about difficult issues. Jim takes the time to understand his client’s needs and carefully crafts estate plans to ensure their goals are accomplished.


    Lora Howard Estate planning Attorney
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  • Thomas Michael Fafinski

    I am so completely and thoroughly impressed with James and his command of the alternatives available to estate planning. I have spent days with him learning and collaborating and am excited by the prospect of working with him. He really understands this niche backwards and forwards.


    Thomas Fafinski Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Legacy Preservation Law

1841 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR, 97210-2530


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Five Star Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2014
2013 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2013
Distinguished 4.2 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2013
2012 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2012
2011 Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professionals2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMcVittie-Law PC d.b.a. Legacy Preservation Law2000 - Present
RecruiterThe Affiliates1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyReinisch Mackenzie, PC1997 - 1998
Staff AttorneyLiberty Northwest Insurance Co.1990 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Portland Area Business AssociationMember2002 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration SectionMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1988 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
A lesson in the importance of planningFormal Probate and most likely a suit to Quiet Title
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Washington State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
7 Threats to Your Family SecurityEstate Planning2012
6 Oregon Lawyers Speak OutEstate Planning Issues for Same-Sex Couples2010