Welcome to the Law Office of James L. Kacena, PLLC

The Law Office of James L. Kacena, PLLC, is a White Salmon, Washington law firm that specializes in real estate, development, business, corporate and estate planning law in the Columbia Gorge with over 35 years of experience, licensed in both Oregon and Washington, in providing the highest quality legal services.

Real Estate, Development, And Land Use

Legal issues related to real estate development and land use can be challenging, particularly in the Columbia Gorge, where there is often resistance to growth and development, and where the regulations of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area are frequently a factor in developing. At the Law Office of James L. Kacena, PLLC, you will find an experienced land development and land use lawyer offering legal guidance to developers, property owners, contractors, lenders and borrowers to help you accomplish your development goals. As a small, highly regarded real estate law firm, Jim Kacena has represented developers throughout the land acquisition, development and construction process. He has over 35 years’ experience with commercial real estate development, acquisitions, subdivision development, zoning and land use approval and construction contracting. Read more...

Business/Corporate Law

The creation of a business, or the purchase or sale of an existing one, has complex issues that must be planned for. It is critical that business owners consider all aspects of owning and operating a business in order to select the proper form of legal entity, structure it to the best advantage of the enterprise and establish a firm foundation for the relationship among all the partners or shareholders. The issues are not only legal ones, but also business issues, such as operations or finance and accounting. Jim Kacena has been representing companies for over 35 years in all aspects of business law. He has broad experience in the structuring and formation of companies, purchase of businesses, stock acquisitions and business asset purchases or sales. Jim has been the lead attorney in many major corporate acquisitions over the years and has developed a unique ability to work with the business owner’s other advisors, such as finance professionals, lenders, environmental consultants, engineers or business consultants. Read more...

Estate Planning

When planning for the disposition of your estate, whether it consists of personal assets, or a family business, or both, one should engage a professional who is knowledgeable about the full range of financial and tax issues that could arise. There is an array of tools that can be employed to structure an estate plan to meet the specific needs of your family. Jim Kacena has many years of experience and has helped numerous clients with estate planning, will preparation and review, trusts, probate, powers of attorney, living wills, health care planning and health care directives. Because he is a solo practitioner, Jim works very closely with his clients to provide personalized service tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Read more...