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Patricia Louise Nelson

Patricia Louise Nelson

Excellence with Compassion When You Need It Most - Two Spruce Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate
  • Oregon
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Brian Hemphill
Brian Hemphill November 17, 2020
Rating: 9 Lawyer Rating - 9 out of 10
Patricia is a top-notch attorney and an excellent resource to her clients, other professionals, and the community.
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Angie H. November 12, 2020
Everything you would want in an attorney I have worked with Patricia for several years on many different matters. I have found her to be professional, experienced, organized, and compassionate. Patricia communicates clearly in words I can understand. She is very responsive and returns phone calls and e-mails promptly. Patricia also has an experienced team that supports her and provides excellent client service. I highly recommend Patricia Nelson.
Molly S. November 10, 2020
Smart, detailed, compassionate lawyer Trish is not only a talented lawyer, but a great human being. She is so smart and thorough in her estate planning and thought about things I would never even know to consider. Because she does estate planning and probates estates, she knows how to prepare and respond to ANY issue that may come up on either side of the coin. Trish is sensitive to family dynamics/politics and can navigate the stickiest situations with compassion and grace. Trish has patience and compassion with elderly clients and people is a beautiful thing to watch. She is meant to work with senior citizens, more so than any other person I have ever witnessed.
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Patricia grew up in Montana. She graduated with honors from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She worked for several years in California after graduating from college before returning to law school. She graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon in 1993.

She clerked for the Honorable Edward Levy of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1993-1994 in Portland, OR. Upon completing that one-year assignment, she moved to Bend, OR, to begin working for Merrill O'Sullivan. She was with that firm for nearly 12 years.

In the fall of 2006, she left Merrill O'Sullivan to open her own practice. Over the years, her practice has evolved to focus on estate planning and estate administration, including probate. She likes to say she "dances in the nexus between law and death." She feels privileged to stand with families as they go through the probate process or assist a terminally ill client get their affairs in order.

For fun she hikes, backpacks and cross country skis. She skied and backpacked around Crater Lake in 2016. She is an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies in San Francisco. She has two grown sons who humble and amaze her on a regular basis.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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  • Free Consultation
    Once my staff determines that I do not have a conflict of interest, I will speak with you by phone or Zoom. In the context of estate planning (trusts and wills), after we meet, I will give you a flat fee quote. In the context of probate, I will work with you to make sure you need my help before you incur any fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 932990
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Two Spruce Law
- Current
Merrill O'Sullivan, LLP
Clerk to the Honorable Edward Levy
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. (1993)
Honors: Graduated magna cum laude Criminal Law Award
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University of Montana - University of Montana-Missoula
B.A. (1986) | Spanish
Honors: Graduated with honors
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Peer Rated For High Professional Achievement
Martindale Hubbell
Criminal Law Award
Oregon State Bar
Tax Law Award
Willamette University College of Law
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar  # 932990
- Current
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Articles & Publications
How To Avoid Personal Liability When Advising Business Clients Who Desire To Breach Their Fiduciary Duties As Persons In Control Of A Corporation
Trial Lawyer
The Protection Of A Minor’s Assets Does Not Necessarily Have To End Just Because She Turns 18
Oregon State Bar’s Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
Minister of Walking Prayer
Center for Sacred Studies
Websites & Blogs
Two Spruce Law Website
Contact & Map
Two Spruce Law
204 SE Miller Avenue
Bend, OR 97702
Telephone: (541) 389-4646
Fax: (541) 389-4644
Monday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Appointments outside of office hours are available for your convenience.
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