Samuels Yoelin Kantor

Private Wealth Law Department

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Samuels Yoelin Kantor offers a broad range of private client services in the Portland area, assisting high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses with estate planning, litigation and tax matters.

"It's a really good group there," says one local lawyer; "I've had a lot of crossover with them and I know how smart and sophisticated they are."

Notable practitioners

Eric Wieland is "supremely capable," remarks one market leader, adding: "He's thoughtful and always seems prepared." Wieland offers guidance on trust and estate administration, as well as taxation advice relating to estate planning. "I have a lot of respect for Eric," says an estates attorney; "I think he's technically very good, and he can connect emotionally with clients - he has a tremendous amount of empathy when you're dealing with someone with estate issues."

Stephen Kantor is considered "a thought leader" across the Pacific Northwest and has decades of experience in private wealth matters, serving high net worth clients on estate planning and tax matters. Various sources regard Kantor as "funny," "a delight" and a "lovely person to talk to." Kantor is an "excellent communicator," says one source; "he really knows his stuff and is not afraid to tell you exactly what he thinks." Another interviewee summarises: "He is very good with sharing his knowledge with other people. He provides solutions to the client without adding extra angst."

Victoria Blachly acts on behalf of beneficiaries and trustees in fiduciary litigation. An interviewee says: "Victoria has really made a name for herself in the litigation area. In fiduciary litigation she's very good, knows what she's doing, is easy to deal with and is a straight shooter."