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Erin MacDonald Elected to American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Erin Keys MacDonald was recently elected New Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC).

ACTEC is an organization of peer-elected lawyers and law professors who are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure; and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

MacDonald is one of 36 new Fellows elected to the counsel from across the United States, England, and Canada.

To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years’ experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar leadership or legislative activities. It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.

About her election to the counsel, MacDonald said, “I’m honored to be part of ACTEC, an organization with the highest caliber of members in the estate planning profession, and look forward to networking with the other Fellows, and continuing my educational and professional development to help me better serve my clients.”

MacDonald is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Department of Karnopp Petersen LLP. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning and charitable giving.

Warm Springs Legal Aid Clinic Launch: A Partnership with Karnopp Petersen LLP

Last year, Howie Arnett, Josh Newton, and Ellen Grover approached LASO with an idea: why not launch a Legal Aid clinic at Warm Springs staffed by Karnopp Petersen attorneys? The clinic launched in April 2018 at the Warm Springs CAT Office, 1136 Paiute Ave.

Rayven Settler, enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and the office manager for LASO’s Native American Program (NAPOLS), provides outreach and eligibility screening to potential clients two weeks prior to each clinic date. Rayven refers potential clinic clients to Karnopp Petersen for conflict checks, and for those potential clients whose issues do not fall within the clinic scope, she makes the appropriate referral either to the Central Oregon Regional Office of Legal Aid or to NAPOLS. In this way, the clinic model is designed to provide legal services to as many eligible clients as possible.

Clinic overview and dates: Individuals enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or married into the Tribe are eligible for screening with Rayven to determine whether they qualify for legal assistance. To qualify, an individual must meet LASO income requirements.

Qualified individuals are provided a free 45 minute—1 hour consultation with a Karnopp Petersen attorney. The attorney determines at the first meeting if the case will be advice only, brief service, or something more.

Legal issues within the clinic scope include: expungement, consumer law, small claims court preparation, and education issues.

Clinic outreach and eligibility screening:

April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8.

Legal Clinic dates:

April 23, June 25, August 27, October 22.

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Call Rayven, (971) 703-7108.


Republished with permission from Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Kurt Barker and Ben Eckstein are presenting “Conducting Effective Employee Investigations”

KP employment attorneys Kurt Barker and Ben Eckstein are presenting “Conducting Effective Employee Investigations” to a group of Central Oregon medical practice managers today.  This is a popular topic in the #MeToo era – Kurt presented the same training, and also spoke on managing employee marijuana use, before Willamette-Valley area SHRM Chapters this month.

KARNOPP PETERSEN hires new attorneys

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce that Benjamin EcksteinMichel L. WigneyTyler J. Moore and Dustin A. Liddle have joined the firm as attorneys.

KARNOPP PETERSEN hires new attorneys

8/16/2017Karnopp Petersen LLP is proud to announce that Benjamin C. Seiken and Lara N. Dittman have joined the firm as associate attorneys.

KARNOPP PETERSEN attorneys selected as 2018 “Best Lawyers.”

8/15/2017 – Karnopp Petersen LLP is proud to announce that five attorneys were selected as 2018 “Best Lawyers.” The Pacific Northwest Best Lawyers publication will be circulated later this month. A list in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Congratulations to:

. Howard G. Arnett
. Kurt E. Barker
. Ellen H. Grover
. Josh Newton
. Thomas J. Sayeg

Kurt Barker Speaks at the CMIA

Kurt Barker will speak at the Community Managers International Association (CMIA) 2017 Workshop where he’ll address marijuana legalization and its impact on large-scale planned communities.  The conference is held in Central Oregon and is hosted by the Sunriver Owners Association.

Karnopp Petersen LLP donates $1500 to the Bend Energy Conservation Challenge

March 14, 2017 – Karnopp Petersen LLP donates $5,000 to the Bend Energy Conservation Challenge.  The winners of the 2016 BLS Energy Competition who each received $1,500 are Highland Elementary School, Cascade Middle School and Summit High School.

Jon J. Napier elected as chair of the partnership

February 1, 2017 — The firm is pleased to announce that Jon J. Napier has been elected by the partners of Karnopp Petersen LLP as chair of the partnership effective February 1.  Jon will collaborate with Randy Guderjohn, Executive Director, to manage the firm’s business and day-to-day operations.

Karnopp Petersen LLP was selected in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” report.

11/01/2016 – Karnopp Petersen LLP was selected in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” report.

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