Sara Butcher started her career as a trial attorney and has worked solely in the area of estate planning and administration since 2004.  She routinely guides clients through the court procedures and deadlines of Oregon probate and trust administration.  Her experience at preparing comprehensive estate plans; including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and related documents, allows her to help each client develop an estate plan that is personalized to their needs.

Ms. Butcher’s knowledge of federal and Oregon estate tax allows her to anticipate and incorporate tax saving provisions in all estate plans.  She designs estate plans for high net worth individuals as well as more modest estates and believes every person deserves to have an estate plan that is shaped by their own set of unique circumstances, whatever those may be.  Ms. Butcher regularly handles multi- generational planning, planning for second marriages, and planning for times of incapacity or disability.  She also assists clients with will and trust disputes, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and pre- marital and domestic partnership agreements.  Whether planning or administering an estate, Ms. Butcher is committed to providing exceptional legal service that is personalized and affordable for every client.


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Education

University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR, Juris Doctor; 1997 


BA Political Science/Psychology; 1992 


Clackamas High School, Milwaukie, OR; 1987



Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

  • Oregon State Bar - Tax, Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Sustainable Future sections

  • Multnomah County Bar Association 

  • Oregon Women Lawyers

  • Women in Financial Services



Publications and Seminars

  • Author and Presenter:  “Money Matters for Women”, Estate Planning Workshop, Portland, Oregon 2012.

  • Co-Author: “FDIC Insurance of Nontrust Accounts of Interest to Estate Planners”, Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter, October 2008.

  • Author and Presenter: “How to Prepare and File the Inventory” The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals, National Business Institute Seminar, August 2007.

  • Author and Presenter: “Ethical Perils in the Probate Process” The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals, National Business Institute Seminar, August 2007.



Community

Oregon Legal Aid: Attorney volunteer with the Senior Law Project, providing estate planning services and legal representation to low income seniors.

Friends of Trees: Neighborhood Coordinator for Reed and Creston-Kenilworth neighborhoods, assisting with outreach and organization of annual tree plantings in Portland neighborhoods. 

Direct Dial:  (503) 205-8397
Sara@butchersmithlaw.com

Sara Butcher


​S. Butcher (503) 205-8397

R. Smith ​(503) 290-2426

Butcher & Smith Law, LLC