Our New Name
The Law Offices of Kara Daley is turning over a new leaf! Kara is celebrating her 20th year in Corvallis by renaming her firm: The Cherry Tree Law Firm.
In the springtime, when Kara was a student in middle school, she used to detour from her route home just to see a particularly lovely, old cherry tree blooming. The new blossoms reminded her that despite the bleakness of winter, there was always the reward of spring. A few years after she established her law practice in Corvallis, the building with that tree came up for sale and Kara knew that would be the future home of her business.
The law firm’s new name will allow us to expand the scope of our representation and better serve our clients now and in the future. Be assured, Justice, the cat is still with us, as are all of our staff members. Just as our tree has been here for many years, we look forward to working with our clients for many more years to come. Please do drive by in the spring. The view is lovely.
At the Law Offices of Kara H. Daley, we believe that the law should be accessible to you. This means clear explanations for your complex issues, as well as reasonable costs for our professional services. Many of our services are offered at a flat rate, so that our clients can focus on the legal issues and not worry about the costs. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind and quality services.
We help clients build secure futures.
Our office is committed to providing you with professional and experienced assistance. With over 22 years as an attorney, Kara Daley currently focuses on:
Estate Planning & Probate: Our office can help evaluate your needs and help you choose appropriate planning tools that may include wills, trusts, powers of attorney and/or probate. We provide dignified representation for your unique circumstances and are familiar with senior concerns, special needs, LGBT and partnership planning, business succession, pet law, and complex trusts. When the time comes to probate an estate, we are here to help.
Elder Law: Our office provides experienced planning for senior concerns which may include: long term care planning, Medicaid planning, guardian and conservatorships, elder abuse, Income Cap trusts, and end of life planning. We can, at times, provide in-house visits if medically required.
Special Needs Planning: Our office can educate you in evaluating and establishing the type of Special Needs Trust appropriate to the particular circumstances of the beneficiary which may include First Party Revocable and Irrevocable SNTs, as well as Third Party Under-65 Disability Trusts. Once the trust is established we can assist with maintenance and distribution concerns.
Additional Practice Areas: Business Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death are among our other areas of service. Please call us to see if we can assist you with your legal needs.
Our office is located at 1717 NW Grant in Corvallis OR, 97330.
We regularly assist clients in Corvallis/ Albany/ Newport and surrounding areas as well as clients from out-of-state. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all appointments (except for signings) will be held over the phone. If you would like an in-person meeting, please make sure to let us know when you schedule.
Please call 541-738-2445 to make an appointment.
|To accommodate our clients, phone or virtual appointments, as well as out of office appointments, may be available. Note, there may be a small fee to defray travel costs.|
Kara H. Daley
Kara H. Daley, a longtime resident of Corvallis, Oregon earned her JD and Certificate of Alternative Dispute Resolution from Willamette University’s College of Law. Kara also graduated with honors from Oregon State University, receiving a BA in American Studies and a BA in Philosophy. After several years of litigation work, Kara returned to Corvallis from Salem to focus on estate planning, elder law, and special needs trusts, fields allowing her to assist clients with positive life changes.
With almost 22 years of experience, the assistance of a topnotch staff, and the company of office cat, Justice (aka “Chief), Kara provides clear explanations for complex legal issues and helps clients plan for their family’s future. Kara is active in the community and presently volunteers with her children’s schools. She has served in such capacities as: Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Grant’s Committee for the Corvallis Zonta Club, Director of Communications and Benton County Liaison for the Linn-Benton County Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Jefferson Elementary School Carnival, and was a member at large for a number of organizations, including the Grace Center and Heartland Humane Society. Kara is a frequent speaker for local organizations and has lectured to: the Lane County Bar, the Linn/Benton County Bar, the National Bar Institute, the Oregon State University Faculty Senate, the Alzheimer’s Support Association, Good Samaritan’s Cancer Support Group and a variety of local community organizations. Married for 25 plus years, Kara enjoys raising her three children and an energetic golden retriever in Corvallis.
Stacy, our Office Manager, walks our clients through their mountains of paperwork and can be counted on to help keep your case on track. She is a point of contact for all probate, guardianship and conservatorship cases. Her sweet Jack Russell terrier is a frequent presence in our office.
Chelsey, our client correspondent, manages the calendar with ease and ensures that the office is running smoothly. Her cheerful welcome is often your first contact with our firm. She enjoys painting and spending time with her family and her pets.
Indigo, our law clerk, recently graduated with her bachelors degree and intends to go to law school. She handles all estate planning matters at our firm. Mr. Jelly, our office cat, can often be found napping on her lap.
Chandler, our legal intern, does our bookkeeping and has recently begun her first year of law school.
Elisabeth, our billing clerk, has a master’s degree in ESL and enjoys adjusting our grammar, keeping us on track, and spending time with her dog Sochel (and her family).
Katy, our office assistant, is currently a senior in high school and is always ready to lend Indigo a helping hand with organizational and clerical tasks. In her spare time, Katy enjoys reading and writing.
Many of our clients have worked closely with former staff members and will be happy to know: Nancy has returned to her lifelong career of flight attending and is currently jet-setting all around the globe. Emma is now in California and continues to work in the legal field. Elizabeth (our former office manager) is launching a career as a self-funded analyst at her new Salem firm PBS. Melanie is doing wonderfully well in her new home in Reno and enjoys spending time with her dog Cleo. Amanda attended OSU and looks forward to a career in social service. Over the years we have received many compliments on our staff and thank you for your good wishes.
Greeters: As of March 2020, Justice, a fluffy white feline who saw to our clients’ hospitality concerns, has retired to California. She has been succeeded by Mr. Jelly, a sweet but timid tabby. Most days he can be found snoozing somewhere around the office. Goose, a fluffy Jack Russel terrier, Sasha, a golden retriever, and Jordy, a trained therapy shih tzu, are also frequent friendly visitors. If you are allergic to or have concerns with pets, please let our staff know and arrangements will be made to accommodate you. We are sorry to say that Harley, our former canine greeter, passed away some years ago. She is still missed.