Emily V. Karr
Partner
Portland, OR
(503) 294-9185 Direct
(503) 220-2480 Fax

evkarr@stoel.com


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Emily V. Karr

Experience

Emily Karr practices in the areas of estate and financial planning, personal tax planning and the administration of estates and trusts. Her practice includes advice related to estate and gift taxes, the income taxation of estates, trusts and beneficiaries, business succession planning and issues concerning charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations, as well as establishing family limited liability companies, insurance and personal residence trusts, generation-skipping trusts, dynasty trusts and domestic partner planning. Emily also focuses on international estate and tax planning for individuals, families and trusts, including developing cross-border estate planning and pre-immigration planning. Her experience also includes tax-exempt organization law, advising nonprofit boards on corporate governance and developing charitable giving plans involving charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities and private foundations.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Emily was a law clerk for the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island (1988-1989).

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Trusts and Estates), 2005-2015
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Nonprofit Organizations), 2006-2014
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (International Estate Planning Committee)
  • Past President, Estate Planning Council of Portland
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Former adjunct professor, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law, Elder Law, and Taxation sections of the Oregon State Bar

Presentations

  • "UK and US Planning," Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP), Seattle Branch
  • "Transfer Taxes on Non Resident Aliens," ALI-CLE,Toronto
  • "International Estate Planning," American Law Institute American Bar Association at Madison, Wisconsin, ACTEC summer seminar and annual meeting and Seattle Estate Planning Council annual seminar 
  • "Estate Planning for Closely-Held Businesses", Oregon Law Institute
  • "Planned Giving Approaches for Non Traditional Families"
  • "Life Insurance Trusts," Oregon Law Institute, Oregon State Bar and Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • "Post-Mortem Planning," Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • "Drafting Tax Clauses," and "Practical Drafting Under the New Tax Act", Oregon State Bar
  • "Estate Tax Planning and Tax Apportionment," Oregon Law Institute
  • "Revocable Living Trusts," Multnomah Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Oregon Humanities
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, The Library Foundation, 2007-present
  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Northwest Academy, 2007-present
  • Member, Planned Giving Advisory Council, The Carter Center, 2012-present
  • Legal advisor for various nonprofit organizations and planned giving committees

Past Board Service

  • Business for Culture and the Arts, 2003-2013
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, 2000-2007
  • Northwest Earth Institute, 1998-2006
  • Mental Health Services West, 1990-1999

Publications

  • "Tax Issues in Administration of Trusts," Administering Oregon Trusts
  • "Rule Against Perpetuities," Administering Oregon Trusts
  • "HIPAA Overview," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Unitrust Conversions, Trust Amendments and Cottage Savings Issues," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Claims Against Estate for Services Rendered to Decedent," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Order of Priority of Claims Against Estate and Possible Federal Preemption," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses," Advising Oregon Businesses; "Options for Intrafamily Transfer of Vacation and Other Residential Property," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Tuition Savings Programs," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Distributions of IRAs or Qualified Retirement Plans to or for the Benefit of Spouse: A Comparison of Outright Dispositions and QTIP Trusts," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Qualified Domestic Trust Regulations," Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "The Oregon Rule Against Perpetuities," Administering Oregon Trusts
  • "Rule Against Perpetuities: Does "Later-of" Make You Too Late?", Oregon Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter
  • "Escrow Agreement for Pledge of Stock," Advising Oregon Businesses

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. and LL.M., Foreign and International Law, 1988, with honors
    Notes Editor, Duke Law Journal, 1987-1988
  • Northwestern University, B.A., History, 1985

Admissions

  • Oregon

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