William Brewer

William Brewer

Hershner Hunter, LLP
  • Estate Planning
  • Oregon
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Bill grew up in Virginia and moved to Oregon in 1968 to attend Willamette University. After a short career in journalism, he graduated from the Northwestern School of Law in 1985 and immediately joined Hershner Hunter. He became a partner in 1990.

Bill served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section for nine years. He regularly writes for publications designed to educate other lawyers on estate planning, probate, and trust administration issues, and is a frequent speaker on estate and asset protection planning. He is a member and past president of the Eugene Estate Planning Council, and is active in the Eugene-Springfield Tax Association.

Bill is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and in Oregon Super Lawyers, a publication of Law & Politics.

Bill also maintains an office in Florence, Oregon.

Practice Area
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Hershner Hunter, LLP
- Current
Listed in Best Lawyers in America. Listed in Oregon Superlawyers. Fellow, the American College of Trust and Estate Lawyers (ACTEC).
Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Willamette University
B.A. | American Studies
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Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year for 2012 in Eugene, Oregon
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named William D. Brewer as the "Eugene Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar  # 851602
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American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Current
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Eugene Estate Planning Council
Member, Former President
- Current
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Eugene Springfield Tax Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Community Property in Oregon -- Advising Couples Transitioning from a Community Property State to Oregon
Eugene Springfield Tax Association
Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner
Advising Small Businesses, a treatise published by Clark Boardman
Oregon Recent Developments
Portland Estate Planning Seminar
Planning for the Elective Share
Oregon State Bar Newsletter
When the Fiduciary Wears Two Hats, to Whom Does One Account?
Oregon State Bar Newsletter
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Hershner Hunter, LLP
180 E. 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Fax: (541) 686-8511
Florence office
1441 7th Street
by appointment only
Florence, OR
Telephone: (541) 997-1997