Stephen J. Klarquist
Areas of practice
Business and tax counsel
Charitable planning and organizations
Probate and trust administration
Qualified and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
Steve’s primary areas of practice include: wills and trusts, estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning; administration of trusts and estates; individual, partnership and corporate taxation; business law; qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans; real property, including conservation easements; charitable planning and taxation of exempt organizations, including private foundations.
Admitted to practice
New York University School of Law, Masters of Law, Taxation, 1987
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D. 1985
Oregon State University, B.S. Economics 1979
Before joining Duffy Kekel LLP, Steve was a member and shareholder of Zalutsky, Klarquist & Reinhart, P.C., in Portland, Oregon, for 14 years. Prior to that, Steve was a partner of Duffy, Kekel, LLP (then known as Duffy, Kekel, Jones & Bernard, LLP).
Memberships & activities
Named one of “Portland’s Best Lawyers” in trust and estate law by Portland Monthly, 2006 to present
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 2001 to present.
Member, Oregon and Washington Sections of Estate Planning and Administration, Taxation, Business, Real Property & Probate
Member, Estate Planning Council of Portland, Inc.
Member, Editorial Board, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter, 1993 to 2011
Member, Executive Committee, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section, 1999 to 2003.
Determining Oregon Residency for State Inheritance Tax Purposes, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, October, 2009
Law Changes Clarify Oregon Inheritance Tax Rules, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, October, 2003
Funding Formulas for Inheritance Taxes, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, October, 2003
Governor Kitzhaber Pull the Plug on Inheritance Tax Reconnect, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, January, 2003
Estate Planning Under the 2001 Tax Act: Planning for the Unpredictable, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, January 2002
Grantor Trusts: An Old Nemesis Becomes a Friend, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, April 2001
Estate of Magnin Opens New Planning Opportunities, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, January 2000
Income Tax Traps for Family Limited Partnerships with Marketable Securities, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning & Administration Section Newsletter, October 1999
Determining Oregon Residency for State Income Tax Purposes, OSB Tax Section Newsletter, January 1999
Avoiding Hazards in Drafting Joint Trusts, Probate & Property Magazine, July/Aug 1999
Gift and Estate Tax Consequences of Joint Trusts, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, October 1998
Income and Estate Taxation of Wrongful Death Proceeds, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, July 1997
Service Continues Attacks on Family Limited Partnerships, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, July 1997
Limited Liability Company Act: Proposed Law Changes, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, April 1997
The Use of Conservation Easements in Estate Planning: An Overview, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, January 1997
Structuring the Family Limited Partnership: Avoid the Traps Laid by Section 2704, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, October 1996
Restrictions on Intra-Family Business Transfers Thawed Under New Estate Freeze Rules, OSB EP&A Section Newsletter, April 1991
AMT Can Reduce (or Eliminate) Benefits of Charitable Gifts, Taxation for Accountants, August 1991