Lake Oswego Elder Law is owned by attorney Ellyn Stier, a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Guardian and Conservator Association of Oregon, and Oregon Women Lawyers.
Ellyn graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1993, where she was the Co-President of the Women’s Law Caucus. She is a past Secretary of Clackamas County Women Lawyers and a past Executive Committee member of the Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.
Ellyn began her career as a criminal trial attorney, and has been practicing Oregon estate planning and elder law exclusively for over 12 years. Ellyn works with a receptionist and part-time paralegal to round out her practice. She frequently consults with her colleagues through the Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections of the Oregon State Bar and attends regular continuing education seminars in elder law and estate planning, some of which she authors articles or presents lectures for.
What distinguishes Ellyn from most other elder law attorneys is her courtroom and negotiation skills. She is a passionate advocate for her clients, and always keeps an eye on the future to foresee potential problems and prevent conflict. Ellyn is trained in elder law mediation as well as litigation.
Ellyn has served as as educator for attorneys and judges practicing elder law in Oregon. Some of her major contributions to the field include:
- Presenter: Alternatives to Guardianships, Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section continuing legal education (2012).
- Assistant Editor: A Benchguide for the Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act, Oregon Judicial Department (2008).
- Author and Lecturer: Adult Protective Proceedings to Benefit Victims of Elder Abuse, Representing Elder Abuse Victims C.L.E., Oregon Law Institute (2005).
- Author: Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity: How and When to Involve the Family, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter (July, 2004).
- Editor: Your Will, Oregon State Bar Legal Links pamphlet (2004).
- Lecturer: Tips for Drafting the Simple Will, Multnomah County Legal Aid Elder Law Discussion Group (2000).
Ellyn lives in Lake Oswego with her husband and
two children: Annabelle who attends Jesuit High School, and Aidan who attends Lakeridge Junior High.