Practice Areas

Areas representing what have been the primary focus of our legal practice.  As an arbitrator and mediator for the Courts of Oregon, we continue to offer work in mediating disputes.
Property Law

Real Estate transactions are governed by a wide body of federal and state statues, common law, and state law.  The requirements established by state law often differ significantly from one state to the next.   Real estate transactions typically involve a significant investment of time, money, and research, and any disputes that may arise can prove understandably stressful.  We strive to protect the interests and needs of our clients by providing comprehensive legal services in the following real estate matters:

  • Purchases, sales, and refinancing of residential properties, including one family and multi-family dwellings, condominiums, and cooperative (co-op) units

  • Construction disputes

  • Purchases, sales, and refinancing of commercial properties

  • Commercial and residential leases

  • Loan closings with commercial lenders

  • Resolution of title, mortgages, and refinancing issues

  • Buy/sell - option agreements

  • Real estate litigation and disputes, including zoning and land use disputes, landlord/tenant matters, and boundary disputes



Corporate Law

The Law Office of Michele Peters offer general counsel services guiding decisions as to business operations.


Important considerations are corporate governance and risk management.  Both areas which give overriding direction to how businesses should be run.

Recent work has included advisory counsel to residential cooperative boards in Manhattan, NY, commercial condominiums; counsel to clients purchasing small businesses; counsel to medical doctors as to employer/employee contracts as well as commercial space acquisition (leasing and purchasing); guiding fashion designers on international platform from concept to launch; contract negotiations in entertainment law.

When considering starting a business, thought and discussion is given to what type of entity would be most favorable to the business and the client's goals; plus consideration of advertising / marketing; employment and labor law; finance law; and importantly intellectual property law. 





Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death. An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries while maintaining flexibility of choices for the individual prior to death. A major concern for estate plans is federal and state tax law.


An estate is the total property, real and personal, owned by an individual prior to distribution through a trust or will. Real property is real estate and personal property which includes everything else, for example cars, household items, and bank accounts. Estate planning distributes the real and personal property to an individual's heirs.


Wills and trusts are common ways in which individuals dispose of their wealth. Trusts, unlike wills, have the benefit of avoiding probate, a lengthy and costly legal process that oversees the transfer of assets. Sometimes, though, it will be useful to make inter vivos gifts (gifts made while the donor is alive) in order to minimize taxes. The Federal Gift Tax exempts certain levels of lifetime gifts. 

This article from The New York Times is informative about the use of trusts.

Included in estate planning is the care of pet animals and also the creation of pre or post nuptial agreements.