Focused on clients for
85 years and counting.

Estate Planning & Asset Protection | Business Planning |
Estate and Trust Administration | Real Estate

Scarborough McNeese
Oelke & Kilkenny, PC

With roots over eight decades deep, Scarborough McNeese Oelke & Kilkenny, PC (SMOK) is one of the most well-established law firms in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, we’re small (by Portland standards), but we’re also nimble, sharp, independent, and collaborative. And we tell it like it is. Honestly. Whether in estate planning, business law, taxation, or real estate, we fit our clients well.

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Our Services

Estate Planning

Since our founding, estate planning has been one of our primary areas of practice. We customize estate plans that fit our clients perfectly – preserving wealth, minimizing taxes, and ensuring a secure financial future. There are many key decisions to be made. Our attorneys help clients navigate the issues, including individual estate management, wealth transfers, and business succession plans.

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Trust & Estate Administration

It's never easy when a loved one passes. And it can be worse if there are issues or disputes with the estate left behind. We provide complete support and guidance through the daunting task of administering estates. This includes assisting the Personal Representative with settling the estate, distributing assets, and working through the probate process if necessary.

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Business Planning

Every business needs a solid foundation to succeed. Our lawyers assist clients with their business at every stage of development – from startup, drafting contracts, ensuring compliance, managing growth, and advising on operational issues – to other needs such as dispute resolution and the sale, merger, or dissolution of the business.

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Real Estate

There’s a lot more to real estate than location, location, location. We provide a wide range of real estate legal services to owners, managers, buyers, and sellers of real property. They rely on us for help with commercial lease transactions, negotiations, preparation of purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, and more.

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As the saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes, and both are closely related to SMOK’s taxation practice. We advise clients on varied tax matters including individual income tax, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, estate and trust fiduciary income tax, as well as Oregon and Washington estate tax and federal estate and gift tax.

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Creditors’ Rights

It’s a fact that unpaid bills and bad debts can be a part of doing business. We help our creditor clients, including secured and unsecured creditors, resolve these problems. We help secure loans with hard assets, and our highly effective foreclosure practice provides experienced legal counsel to our creditor clients.

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Well-grounded values

Everyone in our firm shares the same basic values and principles. We’re all on the same page – providing our clients and the community with practical, smart, cost-effective solutions. That’s our mission. It’s a testament to the long-term relationships we’ve built and to our long tenure in the legal community.

Christian M. Oelke / Partner

Get To Know Us

Simply put, SMOK is a skilled legal team with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. As our clients will attest, we work closely together and are direct and candid in our advice. We’re as relentless as we are friendly and we get to know our clients well (another small firm benefit).

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