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Christopher Michael Brooks

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   6 reviews

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    As an estate planning attorney, I empower my clients to make informed decisions about their future and to legally protect those decisions. Our goal is to provide our clients with peace of mind.

    17 years, 500 cases

  2. Probate
    30%
    Probate is a difficult and confusing process. I work with my clients to complete the requirements of probate in an organized, efficient (and hopefully brief) manner.

    17 years, 50 cases

  3. Guardianship
    10%
    I work with the fiduciaries in guardianships and conservatorships to assist them with providing for the needs of their protected individual and to manage the court processes necessary to accomplish their aims.

    17 years, 10 cases

  4. Trusts
    10%
    Administering a trust can be easy, but there are still rules that must be followed. Legal fees are usually relatively low compared to probate, but the assistance of a lawyer assures that a trust will be properly administered.

    17 years, 20 cases

Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and administration.  As a husband and father, Chris understands the hopes, joys and fears of being a parent.  Chris is dedicated to preparing unique, affordable estate plans that give his clients the peace of mind of knowing they have provided for their families.  

Chris believes in giving back to the community.  He spends several hours every week working with nonprofit organizations.   Chris mentors a young man at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, and he is a member of the board of directors of the Clark Foundation, Oregon Symphony Association, University Club Foundation, and Oregon Sports Authority.  He is also a former board member of the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Foundation and Portland Area Theatre Alliance. 

Prior to starting Brooks Estate Law in 2010, Chris was an associate for respected Portland estate planner James D. McVittie.  Chris began his legal career practicing litigation with Michael Wise & Associates, P.C. from 2003-2007.  He drafted the original version of the legal argument that reestablished the principle that a plaintiff may pursue distinct exclusive legal remedies in Venture Properties Inc. v. Parker

Chris’s other interests include skiing, golf, the Timbers, college basketball and football, theater, wine, and books ranging from popular fiction to philosophy.

Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/25/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/05/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/11/2022

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

Contact Christopher

Brooks Estate Law, PC
9755 SW Barnes Rd., Ste. 440
Portland, OR, 97225

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and provided good tips
I consulted Christopher for free about my issue and he was able to guide me in a right direction. He seemed knowledgeable about the topic and gave me details on my next right step.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
I was handling a personal injury (vehicle crash case) that became a wrongful death case. Chris Brooks was a perfect hire to handle our estate needs. He is a fantastic lawyer that was able to efficiently push through our settlement through the court. His attention to detail was perfect and he regularly called and emailed at all hours to get the case complete. I work with a lot of lawyers and Chris is an absolute hire.
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Posted by AT | September 15, 2014
Excellent, professional advice. Five stars.
Chris is an able, very knowledgeable and friendly professional to work with. Chris helped me with my estate plan and is on hand should I need to make alterations or have questions. Chris is also very involved in charitable causes in the community and he has a great reputation. I highly recommend his services and counsel.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2009
Living will and trustl
Christopher Brooks was very responsive to my concerns and kept me informed on the progress that was made.
Posted by Annie | October 4, 2009
Professional and Caring Person
I moved to Oregon and needed to have my living trust and other estate planning documents reviewed so that my trust, living will, powers of attorney, etc ere consistent with Oregon law. Chris took an incredible amount of time answering my questions and explaining, in a way I could understand, what changes we were making. Whether we met in person, talked on the phone, or communicated through emails, he always responded in a reasonable amount of time, often with more questions for me, so that in the end, my plan would be how I wanted it to be. I am at a point in my life where I want to understand what I'm specifying and agreeing to before signing, and Chris was very patient in working with me to ensure that I understood and would be satisfied with our decisions. Estate planning is one of the most important tools available to us to take care of not only our loved ones but ourselves, so it is not to be taken lightly. I can easily conclude by saying that I felt I was extremely fortunate to have chosen McVittie -Law PC and to have been able to work with Chris. I have all the confidence in him that he will continue to be a great lawyer.
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Posted by Brian | September 21, 2009
Great job on Living Trust
Ordinarily having a Living Trust prepared is a bit like going to the dentist....not something high on our list. But with visions of forms, paperwork, rules, and procedures we headed off to meet with Chris Brooks and he put our concerns to rest. He quickly gathered the information he needed and effortlessly walked us through the decisions in a thorough and professional manner. We are confident that we have a Living Trust that will stand the test of time, and avoid problems for our family down the road.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Brooks Estate Law, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • McVittie-Law, PC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Michael Wise & Associates, PC
  • 2003 - 2007

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Gonzaga University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • Washington State Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trusts Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member and President's Circle
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • CALI
  • 2002
  • Cardinal Newman Fellowship
  • Gonzaga University
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Protecting Your Family in Uncertain Times
  • 2020
  • Lunch and Learn
  • The Seven Most Important Documents for Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Planned Giving - Bequests
  • 2014
  • Portland Resource Group
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2010
  • Portland Connections
  • Why Trusts Are Awesome
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (14)
Endorse Christopher
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Friend
"Chris is personable and pragmatic, which are qualities perfectly suited for an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Chris to be professional, diligent and a pleasure to work with. He is an attorney that I do not hesitate to refer complex estate planning issues to with confidence. I endorse Christopher Brooks."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris has been a trusted referral for estate planning matters that are outside my comfort zone. He is personable and responsive, and also generous with his time. I will continue to refer matters to him in the future. Jim Hillas James M. Hillas, P.C. NE Portland"
Probate Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I probated a high complex, completely illiquid, multi-million dollar estate with complex transactional, support and tax issues in Oregon and in an out of state ancillary proceeding. I needed an experienced probate attorney for advice on analyzing and resolving issues that were not clearly addressed in the case law. One of my partners recommended Chris Brooks to me for this role. I interviewed Chris and worked with him. I found Chris extremely knowledgeable and excellent to work with. Chris is very smart and efficient and exercises sound judgment. I highly recommend Chris for all aspects of wills, estates, trust and probate work."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had occasion to discuss estate planning issues relating to my litigation with Mr. Brooks on several occasions. I found him very knowledgeable and up-to-speed with complex issues surrounding trusts and estate planning. I recommend him highly."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recommend Chris without hesitation. I have referred many clients to him and they always come back with glowing reviews. In addition, he prepared my own estate plan. I will continue to send client's to Chris as I know they will get great treatment and top notch advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher is the first attorney that I recommend whenever a client needs help with a will, a trust, or any other aspect of estate planning. I refer all of my estate planning work to Christopher because I know he will take care of my clients and that he will do so for a reasonable fee. I have known Chris for about four years now, and I think that his prior experience as a litigator gives him special insight and perspective into his clients' estate planning needs and how best to avoid costly probate challenges. Chris is smart, ethical, conscientious, and highly motivated to succeed. He has high professional standards, a great sense of humor, and doesn't take himself seriously. I endorse him without hesitation."
Trusts Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Chris Brooks. I refer my clients to Chris for Estate Planning advice, and with good reason. The feedback I get is that Chris has done great work, and treated them well. Chris charges very reasonable prices for his work, and you can always expect top quality from him. He is always up to date on changes in the law that could impact your will or trust, which sets him apart from other lawyers."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Chris Brooks, and his work product is excellent; I recommend his professional services to my clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Chris when he was a litigation attorney, and he mentored me in my first few years of practicing law. In that time, I benefited tremendously from Chris' example of diligence, intelligence, knowledge, and professionalism in his representation of a wide variety of clients with a broad range of issues. Chris clearly cared about his clients' interests and strove in every matter and situation to achieve the greatest outcome on their behalf. Chris has surely transferred his admirable traits as a litigation attorney into his estate planning practice, to which he is very well suited. Any client would be well-served by Christopher Brooks."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Chris on a matter relating to reopening an estate of a deceased inventor on a patent application. He was very thorough and produced a high quality work product. Chris' likeable personality and high level of professionalism make him an excellent attorney in the area of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Brooks in a smart, knowledgeable lawyer and an outstanding person. He has an excellent command of the intricacies of estate planning combined with the commitment to provide his clients with the highest quality legal services. I highly commend Mr. Brooks to any colleague or potential client."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've known Chris for five years in both a personal and professional capacity. He is honest, compassionate, and committed. He does more than bandaid a problem. He takes the extra step to examine the full range of his clients' legal issues and address them in their entirety."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Brooks is a sharp and thoughtful estate planning attorney with a friendly, approachable demeanor. I have interacted with Chris at a number of estate planning forums, national estate planning educational seminars, and other similar events. He asks excellent questions, gives valuable insights, and is refreshingly collegial. I value his thoughts and opinions, and would feel comfortable having him draft an estate plan for my friends and family. Chris is also one of the few attorneys I know who is licensed in California, Oregon, and Washington, allowing him to serve clients on the entire West Coast."
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Portland Estate planning Lawyer Christopher Michael Brooks
Christopher Michael Brooks
Estate planning Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 19 years