Theressa Hollis

Theressa Hollis

Fitzwater Law
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law
  • Oregon
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Summary

I’m a partner with Fitzwater Law and have practiced with this firm for 19 years. My practice emphasizes legal issues unique to the elderly and their families, including guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, probate estates, trust administration, and estate planning. Some of my favorite cases are the emergency (“temporary”) guardianships and conservatorships. I received my J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1998.

I value helping people in times of crisis by making the legal system understandable. I pride myself on being reliable and thorough in my work, while striving to take the mystery out of the legal process.

Elder law and estate planning is a perfect fit for me. Since my time as a psychology major at Linfield College I have enjoyed helping people in need. I am a frequent volunteer at the Legal Aid Service’s Senior Law Project providing pro bono legal help to seniors. I also enjoy teaching other attorneys to practice elder law. I am a faculty speaker for the Oregon Law Institute and the Multnomah Bar Association on the issues of probate administration and guardianships. I am currently the Treasurer of the Executive Committee for the Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.

I enjoy applying my knowledge and skills to assist my community. I am the second-term President and founding board member of Guardian Partners, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating abuse and neglect for our elderly and disabled populations. I was a Co-Editor of the Oregon State Bar’s Elder Law Handbook (2017). Also in 2017, I was awarded the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award for my volunteer service. I am a member of the following organizations: Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), Clackamas County Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Team, Guardian/Conservator Association of Oregon, and Oregon Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS).

Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We generally bill hourly but some estate planning is handled on a flat fee basis. Please contact me for more information.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 982626
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Fitzwater Law
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Associate Attorney
Scalf & O'Halloran
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Associate attorney in a general practice firm handling probate, guardianship and estate planning cases.
Education
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Linfield College
B.A. (1992) | Psychology & Spanish
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Awards
President's Public Service Award
Oregon State Bar Association
Public Service Award Criteria: The nominee must have volunteered for the activity involved; must be an active or emeritus member of the Oregon State Bar; and must have made significant contributions to the public through recent efforts in one or more of the following areas: pro bono legal service to individuals or groups, law-related public education, coordination of public service law-related events (such as those associated with Law Day), service with community boards or organizations, or similar activities which benefit the public.
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar Association  # 982626
Member
Current
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Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section
President-Elect
Current
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Guardian Partners
Board President
Current
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Guardian/Conservator Association of Oregon
Member
Current
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Oregon Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardian Stakeholders (WINGS)
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Elder Law Handbook
Oregon State Bar
Speaking Engagements
Health Ed 2019 , Portland, Oregon
PESI, Inc.
Fitzwater Law attorneys value giving back to Oregon’s social work community. On Friday, May 31 attorneys Wes Fitzwater, Chris Ray and Theressa Hollis will present at Oregon Elderlaw 2019. This all-day Health Ed presentation put on by PESI, Inc. (Professional Education Systems Institute) benefits social workers, nurses, case managers, psychologists and other professionals working with, caring for & advising the elderly & their families. Topics covered will include planning for health and financial decisions, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare, recent updates on Medicaid eligibility, understanding guardianship and conservatorship, and elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Websites & Blogs
Website
Fitzwater Law Website
Blog
Fitzwater Law Blog
Legal Answers
65 Questions Answered

Q. I suspected financial elder abuse by my sister who served as my mother's POA. Am I able to pursue an investigation?
A: I'm very sorry for your loss. Just because the accounts are closed does not mean that you have no recourse. I recommend you consult with a probate litigator who can evaluate your specific situation and give you an opinion as to the likelihood of success for your case.
Q. The person that is supposed to file probate in Oregon on my mom's estate/property is doing nothing. What can I do?
A: Assuming there are assets in your mother's name alone that require probate, you could hire an attorney to send a demand letter to the nominated Personal Representative. If that didn't work you could send a demand letter to the second person nominated in the Will. It is also possible to file a probate explaining to the Court that the nominated Personal Representative has refused to proceed and ask to be appointed as Personal Representative instead.
Q. How long after my mom's death does the yet to be appointed (by the court) executor have to file for probate in Oregon?
A: There is no time requirements on filing a probate after a person dies. If the decedent owned real property then the nominated Personal Representative (this is what Oregon calls the Executor) should probably file the probate quickly so that they have legal authority to deal with the property. Once the PR has been appointed they need to send out a notice of appointment (called Information to Heirs & Devisees) informing the heirs and devisees that they have been appointed. My firm includes a copy of the Will but this is not required by Oregon law. Once you receive the Information to Heirs & Devisees you can contact the Court to order a copy of the Will if necessary.
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Contact & Map
6400 SE Lake Rd
Ste. 440
Portland, OR 97015
Telephone: (503) 786-8191