Crystal’s practice areas include estate planning and administration serving clients in Oregon and Washington. She is mindful that effective estate planning will carry out her clients’ wishes and do so in a manner that supports smooth transitions and minimizes opportunities for conflict.
Crystal’s sincere desire to connect with her clients, understand their family dynamics, and hear their goals is apparent. After forming an understanding of what is important to her client, Crystal provides guidance on how to plan for those priorities.
Most estate planning services are provided on a flat fee basis. This allows the interactive process to unfold and clients to have all of their questions answered without feeling rushed.
Crystal’s experience in litigating contested and high conflict matters provides her with valuable insight into many of the circumstances that create conflicts and lead to expensive contested estate administrations. She uses this knowledge to tailor her clients’ estate plans to avoid such circumstances.
When I was a newly minted lawyer back in 2004, I chose to focus my career on advocating for justice in court on behalf of my clients. After a dozen years of litigation and working with clients involved in conflict, I observed that most of the disputes were avoidable. Making expectations clear, planning up front, and creating documents that precisely implement the planning, minimizes opportunity for conflict. I learned that I most enjoy practicing law when I am able to engage with clients in the planning process and assist them in avoiding conflict.
I wanted to join Myatt & Bell to be part of a team of like-minded lawyers and staff also focused on estate planning and administration. Although I was first motivated by a desire to form a professional connection with Myatt & Bell’s exceptional team, I have since learned that there is so much more to Myatt & Bell. The people at Myatt & Bell are caring and supportive. They take an interest in each other and in the firm’s clients. They work together as members of a team but act more like members of a family. This is no ordinary law firm.