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Estate Planning Service Available

The Antique Gate in Portland Japanese Gate. Photo by Roman Johnston.

Estate planning can seem like a daunting task. In fact, the majority of people in America – reportedly more than 60% – have never created an estate plan or, if they have, they now need assistance updating an older will or living trust. The Portland Japanese Garden offers resource materials and expert planning assistance to help in this often complicated area of life. There is no cost or obligation for these resources or assistance, and no investment or insurance products are promoted or sold.

This is simply a service the Garden is launching to help our members and donors. So if it’s been a while since you updated your estate plan, or you have not done an estate plan previously, we will have these resources available for you in the coming months:

A Will and Trust Planning Guide
An Estate Inventory Form
A Final Wishes Booklet

Call or write Lisa Christy, and she can send you these materials or connect you with an estate planning expert who can meet confidentially with you. We will also be holding future informational sessions with our estate planning experts, so keep a look out for this invitation.


During the past eight years the financial markets have risen dramatically and real estate values in our region have risen at an even faster pace. If you have capital gain issues looming, consider calling the Garden.

We have special trust arrangements that help Garden donors avoid initial capital gain tax when investments or real estate are sold, while providing a constant income stream back to you.

Again, call or write to Lisa Christy if you would like to learn more.


Lisa Christy can be reached at or 503-328-0050