Pettis Webber Pacific Estate and Asset Planning P.S. Associate Attorney Vancouver, WA · Full time

Do you want to help clients plan for the second half of their lives? We are a law firm in Vancouver, WA, with three (3) attorneys and a dedicated team of support staff. We are an estate planning and elder law firm. It’s what we do, and we do it well. We are looking for an Associate who can hit the ground running: take ownership of their work and drive cases forward, from beginning to end. We are especially looking for candidates who have experience in the area of trust administration and probate, but we are willing to train the right candidate. Compensation begins at $60,000 per year and will be based upon experience. If you realize that the work environment we have created will allow you to meet your professional goals, plus have a life outside of work, then you are the type of candidate we would like to meet. To apply for this position, please complete the entire application process, including all questions.


Job responsibilities:

- Support the partners by handling assigned casework under supervision

- Educate and inform prospective clients about our services

- Conduct meetings with clients to assess their needs and goals

- Develop personalized estate plans for clients

- Manage probate and guardianship cases

- Assist with the preparation and submission of Medicaid applications

Job qualifications:

- Possess a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school

- Hold a valid and active license to practice law in Oregon or Washington

- Have at least three years of experience practicing law

- Experience in trust administration and probate is advantageous

- Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential

- Proficient in research and able to conduct legal research effectively

- Must have a valid driver's license and appropriate driving insurance coverage

- Capable of lifting objects weighing up to 25 pounds from the floor to overhead

Characteristics of a team member:

- Positive attitude and optimistic outlook

- Computer literate and eager to learn new technologies that enhance job performance

- Proficient in word processing software, electronic calendars, email, document storage systems, electronic legal research, and basic case management

- Willingness to not only abide by but also appreciate and embrace policies and procedures

- Ability to adapt quickly, think on your feet, and make sound decisions

- Detail-oriented and committed to delivering high-quality work on the first attempt

- Strong emotional intelligence and empathy towards clients, understanding the importance of effective communication and care

- Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those who may be emotional or vulnerable

- Team player mindset, collaborating effectively with colleagues and recognizing mutual accountability

- Polite and reassuring communication style that puts people at ease

- Ability to remain calm and composed even in challenging situations or when faced with criticism

- Compassionate approach when interacting with clients

- Willingness to perform tasks such as making coffee, scanning, or copying without considering them beneath your role.


$60,000 - $70,000 per year