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.
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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
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
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2014 Five Star Estate Planning Attorney||Five Star Professional||2014|
|2013 Five Star Wealth Manager||Five Star Professionals||2013|
|Distinguished 4.2 out of 5.0||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|2012 Five Star Wealth Manager||Five Star Professionals||2012|
|2011 Five Star Wealth Manager||Five Star Professionals||2011|
|Owner||McVittie-Law PC d.b.a. Legacy Preservation Law||2000 - Present|
|Recruiter||The Affiliates||1999 - 2000|
|Associate Attorney||Reinisch Mackenzie, PC||1997 - 1998|
|Staff Attorney||Liberty Northwest Insurance Co.||1990 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Portland Area Business Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||1988 - Present|
|Multnomah County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|A lesson in the importance of planning||Formal Probate and most likely a suit to Quiet Title|
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|Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Washington State University||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1984|
|7 Threats to Your Family Security||Estate Planning||2012|
|6 Oregon Lawyers Speak Out||Estate Planning Issues for Same-Sex Couples||2010|