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Valerie Ingram Kirkendall

Wills and living wills Attorney at Tigard, OR

4.9   95 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

About Valerie

Learn Valerie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    20%
    Medicaid planning and Income Cap Trusts; experience with guardianships, conservatorships and other issues facing the aging.

    20 years

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Estate planning includes Wills, Living Trusts, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive for Healthcare. Make sure you're covered!

    20 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Probate doesn't have to be a confusing lengthy process, and most of all, shouldn't cost a small fortune! Call me to learn more.

    20 years

  4. Trusts
    20%
    Revocable Living Trusts are an important tool in estate planning. By transferring your assets into a trust, your estate can avoid probate and save time and money for your heirs. Call me to learn more!

    20 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    20%
    Wills are sets of instructions that explain how you want your property to be distributed after your death. They are a great, more affordable option in estate planning. Let's discuss more!

    20 years

Valerie Kirkendall has a reputation for competent, caring legal expertise in a practice that includes wills, trusts, estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, probate, tax and adoption. A 2001 graduate of the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Ms. Kirkendall is licensed to practice in all Oregon courts. Ms. Kirkendall is a past volunteer with OASIS and Legal Aid Services for Seniors, served as a volunteer judge with the Tigard Police Department Peer Court, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Standing Committee on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law.

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Licensed for 20 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/09/2022

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

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Valerie Kirkendall, Attorney at Law

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kathryn | November 4, 2020
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Probate Client
Efficient, reliable, responsive, very experienced in how to handle the probate system & excellent immediate response to all phone & email correspondence. Made it very easy to understand the process. Would hire her again or trust her for referrals on other legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2020
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WILL
Valerie, completed the drawing up of our wills. She was thorough in explaining all the details, gave good advice and completed the whole process in a timely manner. We highly recommend her.
Posted by Lynn | July 1, 2021
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Exceptional Service
Thinking about your Last Will & Testament is not something everyone looks forward to. And it is a process that can be emotionally taxing. Valerie Kirkendall was able to help us through the process with ease and efficiency. She is extremely professional, yet has a sense of humor that never detracts from the discussion at hand. She is always available to answer questions (and we had a few). She also completed our Last Will & Testament in a very timely manner. We were very impressed and would highly recommend her to anyone needing these services.
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Posted by Diane | January 27, 2022
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Very accommodating
We hired Valerie to do our Wills and she was amazing and very patient. My husband asked many questions and made several changes throughout the process and she was very kind, respectful and accommodating. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by mel | January 25, 2022
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Wills
Valerie did a great job after quickly understanding the wishes of the parties as pertains to who will share in our estates. The wills written are concise, and reflect exactly our wishes at the beginning of this process.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Family Trust
We worked with Valerie to create a Family Trust and found her to be very informative and competent. Will definitely call her again as needed and would recommend her to family and friends.
Posted by Ron D. | June 30, 2021
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Very efficient and accomodating
It was a pleasure to work with Valerie and the end product was exactly what we hoped for. It is especially true since, because of the pandemic much of the work had to be done by phone and e-ami.
Posted by Steve Williams | June 30, 2021
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Pastoe
We needed to get a will, power of attorney, and a medical disclosure set in place for my 96 year old mother in law. Valerie’s staff and Valerie herself were excellent to work with, paid attention to all involved and handled our need with care, concerns, and with excellence!! I would highly recommend her and her staff to anyone who needs her services!!!
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Posted by Graig | June 30, 2021
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Expert, no-nonsense help
Valerie was very helpful. She stayed on task and helped us achieve the legal goal we walked in with. Genuine and professional, and clearly knowledgeable. The costs were reasonable and definitely worth the outcome for us.
Posted by Shane | May 20, 2021
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Easy and thorough will services at a reasonable price
Valerie made the process of completing our will straight forward and painless. Would definitely recommend her services!
Posted by Anthony | May 11, 2021
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Very Thorough Legal Services
Valerie has been incredibly helpful in setting up our trust. She was not only very thorough in covering all the details, she brought out a lot of issues for us to consider. Later on, when we needed to make changes to our trust, she was quick to make them. She has been terrific to work with.
Posted by Debi | May 6, 2021
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A great lawyer
Valerie is very knowledgeable and had my will finished quickly. She made me feel very comfortable and explained everything. I have and will continue to recommend her in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2021
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Estate planning/documentation
Now both semi-retired, in decent shape with our assets but with lessening earning potential, my wife and I needed to protect our estate and see that things were disposed of properly in the future. Valerie professionally and efficiently explained our options and designed a package that most closely matched our desires.
Posted by Robert | April 27, 2021
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Living Trust
We needed advice concerning a living trust and someone capable of guiding us through the intricacies of a legally sound document. Valerie Kirkendall put together a comprehensive and conclusive trust taking us through our responsibilities and making the whole process understandable and painless.
Posted by Heinka | April 27, 2021
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Supportive, knowledgeable, and genuine pro
Valerie Kirkendall is a dear friend who helped my elderly parents with their wills. The way she worked with my folks and educated them throughout the entire process was supportive, respectful and professional. I was so impressed with Val’s ability that I hired her to do my wife’s and my wills too. Thank you Valerie for all you’ve done for me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2021
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Excellent attention to detail, with humanistic approach.
Valerie was willing to listen to all of our concerns and details. She was attentive to our needs, came up with innovative solutions to our "trust" needs, and cared about the family.
Posted by Walda | April 27, 2021
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Trust update
My trust was 30 years old with only a couple small amendments after my husband died. Ms. Kirkendall went through those documents (trust, power of attorney, etc.) and then spent time with me determining my wishes. She updated the trust document to incorporate changes in my circumstances and the laws over the 30 year time span. Her attention to the pandemic was appreciated--the first visit was via Zoom so we could see one another, and the safety protocols were appropriate when we visited in the office to sign the paper work. This was a very positive experience. Thank you!
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Posted by Marylyn | April 27, 2021
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Valerie Kirkendall
Valerie revised my Will, Power of Attorney, and other legal papers after my oldest son and husband died in 2020. She is a stellar stellar attorney and very kind and compassionate. She has been helpful to me over the last 10 years.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2021
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Thank you
Valerie put together our Wills and other legal documents. She was thorough, helped us navigate the documents and was instrumental with assisting us in making the best decisions for our estate. We are grateful for her help.
Posted by Ralph | March 15, 2021
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Highly recommend Valerie Kirkendall
We reached out to Valerie Kirkendall to update our estate documents. We found her to be approachable, responsive and knowledgeable. The documents were prepared accurately and promptly. The price for her services was very reasonable.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kirkendall Law, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Valerie Kirkendall, Attorney at Law
  • 2002 - Present
  • Judge
  • Tigard Peer Court
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Senior Law Project
  • 2001 - 2006
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Portland State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Probate
  • Satisfied client and heirs.
  • Quiet Title
  • Client was very happy with outcome

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Standing Committee on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Standing Committee on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Tigard Youth Peer Court
  • Judge
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Senior Law Project
  • Attorney
  • 2001 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 18 Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • Top 18 Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Neighborhood Favorite
  • Nextdoor
  • 2021
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Certificate in Federal Tax Law
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2001
  • Pro Bono Honors Program
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Portland Estate Planning Blog
  • Probate Practice in Oregon
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Series
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2015
  • Financial Planning Seminar
  • Planning Ahead with IRAs
  • 2013
  • Client Appreciation Event
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
Endorse Valerie
Elder law Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Valerie Kirkendall is a friendly and experienced elder law and estate planning attorney. I strongly endorse her."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Attorney Kirkendall for over 15 years and can confidently endorse her work. She is extremely competent, organized, and responsive to his clients. She also is personable and will spend the time it takes to ensure her clients are comfortable and understand her recommendations and actions. You will be in good hands if you choose Valerie as your lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Valerie has considerable experience in estate planning and elder law, including guardianships, conservatorships, probate, and long term care planning."
Probate Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Valerie for many years and find her to be a valuable resource for my clients with probate and estate planning issues."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Looking for an excellent estate lawyer? Your search is over. Valerie is smart, compassionate and well respected in the legal community. She is my goto referral for estate planning and elder law. I strongly endorse her and encourage you to contact her directly."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy and endorse Val and her work. Whenever I have a question or a referral I need to send out I feel very confident in sending people to Valerie and have had nothing but positive feedback about her."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Val for many years. I have observed that she lives her life and practices law with high personal and ethical standards. She truly cares about her clients and is knowledgeable in estate planning and probate, and is especially skilled and caring in Elder Law and Adoption issues."
Probate Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Kirkendall and I worked together to resolve legal matters following an accidental death. She resolved all probate issues quickly, correctly and at a very reasonable cost. Ms. Kirkendall demonstrated great skill, patience and integrity while working with an elderly client. She was enjoyable to work with. I look forward to our next case together."
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