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The Founder

Abby Wool Landon Paiinting by Richard Stark

ABBY WOOL LANDON

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Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning

  • Business Law

  • Tax

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1991

  • B.S., Simmons College, 1980

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar, Active

  • Washington State Bar, Active

  • State Bar of Arizona, Active

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Active

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association

  • Real Property Section
  • Probate Section
  • Trust Section
  • Oregon State Bar

  • Estate Administration and Planning Section
  • Family Law Section
  • Tax Section
  • Washington State Bar

  • Probate and Trust Section
  • Real Property Section
  • Tax Section
  • Estate Planning Council of Portland, Inc.

  • Multnomah Bar Foundation

  • Multnomah Bar Association

  • Northwest Academy Board of Directors

For over 30 years, our founder, Abby Wool Landon, has been helping her clients plan for their future, and the future of their families, applying her expertise in estate planning, business succession and tax planning, and probate and trust administration. Abby brings a personalized hands-on approach to each of her client’s needs.

Abby developed many of our unique firm systems, among which is the Emerging Estate Plan a fixed fee program for young adults with emerging estates, and the ILIT Plus™ for larger estates. These are two examples of the unique programs developed by Abby which are available to clients of Wool Landon.

Abby is known throughout the community as a problem-solver. She is an excellent strategist in a conflict, which makes her the right lawyer to help clients and lawyers resolve complex situations and bring families together with solutions to potential problems. She serves as Trust Protector for many of her clients and their irrevocable trusts.

Although it has been decades since Abby was an active courtroom lawyer, her extensive courtroom experience in family law and fiduciary disputes gives her important perspective and experience that she applies when counseling her clients on their individual situations.

Throughout her career Abby has been a consistent scholarly contributor to her field of practice by giving speeches, interviews, presentations, and seminars. Abby has testified as an expert witness in a multinational dispute involving multiple states and two countries. She is sought after for her tax advice related to estate planning.

Some examples of her most recent contributions include: A speaking engagement, “From State to State: Community Property in Transit,” presented at the Connecticut State Bar Association annual meeting on June 10, 2019; and a presentation called “Building a Magical Legacy to Span Generations: Estate Planning Lessons from Harry Potter,” designed to inform clients, in a fun and engaging way, about the importance of up-to-date planning documents.

For more details on Abby’s credentials and contributions to the community you can explore the tabs below. Also, be sure to stay up to date with Abby and her perspective on Estate Planning by reading the firm blog post on our website.

Summary

Abby is the immediate past chair of the Estate Planning Practice Group and a member of the Business Department and Tax Practice Group at Tonkon Torp LLP. She creates estate plans that include wills, trusts, asset protection devices, and family business succession planning. Abby also assists clients in navigating probate and trust administration, and provides expert support for contested probate and other fiduciary disputes. She has significant experience in: corporate tax law and tax partnerships, multiple-generation trust and estate planning, tax domicile analysis (including international applications and planning for non-citizen residents), charitable planning, marital trust planning for step-families, and premarital and post-marital agreements.

In addition to her estate planning background, Abby has 29 years’ experience in business law, helping individual and corporate clients with tax, complex business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate management, business succession, and wealth management. As a small business owner, director, and member of several family partnerships, Abby brings hands-on experience to her clients.

A popular speaker, she has presented at CLE seminars throughout the Northwest, speaking on asset protection, managing community property from state to state, elder financial abuse, and estate planning for families in conflict.

Abby has extensive courtroom experience, including testifying as an expert witness in a multinational dispute involving multiple states and two countries. She is involved in community education and teaching to private groups to raise awareness of the importance of wills and trusts, corporate formalities, tax, and gift and estate tax planning to maximize profit and avoid conflict.

Representative Matters

Business Interest Transfers

Planning for transfers of business and investment interests in corporations and tax partnerships to third parties, including assisting a team of business lawyers in executing a $180M sale of assets to a third party. Designing and administering family gifts of business interests through the use of family limited liability companies (LLC and LLP transfers) for multiple generations. Transfers to irrevocable trusts such as intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGT's), sales to family members and family trusts. Restructuring business documents to accommodate family business succession planning and to obtain more favorable valuation for tax purpose.

Wills & Trusts

Will & Trust Administration
Trust, and probate administration for multiple domiciles, including international and cross-state-border assets. Complex administration of troubled trusts drafted by inexperienced lawyers and ones arising out of "do it yourself," internet software or internet advice leading to Oregon judicial and non-judicial settlements for multiple parties, and Trusts and Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA) settlements in Washington.

Will & Trust Planning
Using revocable (also known as "living") trusts and irrevocable trusts, planning for US resident non-citizens and non-resident US citizens, third party special needs trusts for disabled adult children, trusts for beneficiaries such as unrelated minors, spendthrifts, or persons with physical and other challenges that create special needs. Working through gifting with married couple clients and avoiding reliance on disclaimer planning for developed estates. Creating life insurance trusts, reviewing life insurance options and planning for life insurance as a wealth replacement tool. Representing same sex couples before and after US v. Windsor. Creating estate tax plans including generation skipping transfer tax (GST) trusts, federal gift and estate tax exemption planning for US citizens, state estate tax planning for multiple resident clients with tax domicile planning, planning with and for community property for persons with multiple state residences, charitable annuity trusts and charitable unitrusts (CRTs, CRAT and CRUT), preparing premarital (also known as prenuptial) and postmarital agreements.

Will & Trust Disputes
Lead strategic attorney for trust and probate estate litigation including wills and trust disputes involving multiple person partnerships, complex family and unrelated corporate business disputes involving shareholder derivative suits and partnership dissolutions, elder and other financial abuse, undue influence of a financial advisor and realtor.

Community Property Applications

Community property tax planning and legal applications including wealth preservation in both community property and separate property states.

Activities & Membership


Multnomah Bar Foundation
2019–Treasurer
2018–Present, Board of Directors

Better World Club Board of Directors
2005–2016, Member

Oregon Community Foundation
2008–2012, Metro Council Member

Northwest Academy Board of Directors
Member
Annual Fundraiser
2009-2012, Trustee

CCI Enterprises Board of Directors
2004–2007, Member PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Estate Planning Council of Portland
Multnomah Bar Association
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section

Awards & Recognition

2020 American Bar Foundation Life Fellow

Super Lawyers
2012–2019, 2021 Oregon Super Lawyer - Estate Planning & Probate