Welcome. I am Jennifer Todd, a lawyer in Salem, Oregon.
My goal is to provide excellent, client-focused legal services with integrity and a human touch. I give my clients personal attention and have compassion about the challenges they face. I seek practical solutions. Professionalism and confidentiality are high priorities.
Experience in private practice and as a pro-tem probate judge have equipped me to help clients plan and administer estates. Using this experience, I also help clients assist family members who have disabling conditions that interfere with making financial and care decisions. I also have experience in helping parties resolve disputes.
Communication is one of my strengths. As a former law professor, I am skilled at making complex topics understandable to those unfamiliar with the law. I strive to help clients understand the work I do for them and to keep them informed as work progresses.
My practice areas include:
- Estate planning (wills, trusts, and other planning documents)
- Probate and trust administration (dealing with assets of a person who has died)
- Guardianships (court cases to appoint a person to make life decisions for an incapacitated person or minor)
- Conservatorships (court cases to appoint a person to make financial decisions for an incapacitated person or minor)
- Dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
My personal life provides a basis for deep understanding of the challenges my clients face. I have first-hand experience with planning for and helping elderly parents, including the challenges of dementia. I have also experienced the loss of a parent, so I have empathy for those suffering that loss, and understand the responsibilities they face. I have two grown children, so I understand many issues that parents face.
My roots in the Salem area are deep. I am a third-generation native Oregonian. My parents met at Willamette. I grew up in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School. After graduating from Whitman College, I returned to Salem, where I graduated from Willamette law school. Since then, I have lived and worked in the Salem area.