Attorney Profile

Mark John Holady Attorney at Law proudly serves as your local legal guide to estate planning and probate litigation in Beaverton, OR, and the surrounding areas. Whether you turn to us for legal mediation or estate planning, you can count on us to provide you with personalized guidance. Attorney Mark John Holady has years of experience providing quality assistance and is ready to help you with your legal needs. You can count on us when it comes to estate planning in Beaverton, Oregon.

Mark John Holady's Professional Outlook

Mark Holady

At my office, I have an "ego wall." On this wall hang my various certificates of admission, diplomas, and photographs. Clients' face this wall and view it as we talk. The certificates, diplomas, and photos typify facts, evidence, courts, rulings—the places and roles clients assign to their lawyers, e.g., a trial lawyer. I can help you in this role. I am admitted to practice in the courts of Oregon and Washington. That's what you want to know. From King County to Klamath County, from Coos Bay to Colville, I can appear.

But that’s not all that I do.  My vantage point and therefore my view is different than my clients’.

I face the opposite direction.  Over my clients’ shoulders, I see art, where pigment, paper, and talent come together to achieve beauty.  That’s how I see my practice.  You may come to me wanting to sue someone, to right some injustice, to spend principal fighting for principle.  Undoubtedly you have a worthy cause.  Yet I am sure a part of your wishes the injustice could have been avoided in the first place.  Or maybe you need a solution to a thorny problem.  That’s the other side of my law practice, the creative, planning side.  Whether it’s a standard estate plan for you or a complex, tax-shifting, generational plan, let’s work together to achieve your goals.

Who am I?  Life-long Oregonian with eastern Oregon roots and continued ties.  I’ve worked in law since 1986 as a solo and in three firms.  I’ve practiced in most areas of law but now primarily limit my practice to estate planning, probate and trust work, and probate litigation.  My beautiful bride and I have two lovely daughters.  During the winter, you’ll hear me announcing high school basketball games.  If I have a free weekend morning or afternoon, I like to hike or bike.

Mark John Holady on Community

I believe in community involvement.  I’m involved with my church, and I encourage you to get involved with yours.  I also serve on Beaverton’s Community Emergency Response Team and support its amateur radio communications.  From 2004 through 2014, I served in the United States Army (Reserve) in the 6th Judge Advocate General's Corps Detachment.  An outgrowth of my Army service is my appointment to the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Military-Veterans Law Section.

When I was a teenager, I worked in a grocery store.  Every night, we had to sweep the store, up and down every aisle with a wide push-broom.  Overall, the place was a great place to work, but in my teen-aged mind, I vowed that I was going to go to college so I’d never had to sweep up after someone else’s mess again.  In the intervening decades, I’ve come to two great truths.  First, there is nothing wrong with sweeping up after other people’s messes, especially when they pay you to do it.  It’s honest work, and we all need someone to clean up after us.  Second, sometimes the only difference between the work I do now and the work I did at the grocery store is the hourly rate.  All of this is to say that if you had no plan or your plan failed, you will need someone to help clean the mess.  That’s what I’m here to do.

Integrity Prevails

My clients are the reason I practice law. My goal is to help my clients put their grandchildren, not mine, through college with the clients' money. If I help enough clients, my grandchildren will be just fine.

There are roughly 10,000 attorneys in Oregon, nearly 6,300 in the Portland metropolitan area. When you come to see me, if I cannot help you, then let's find you a lawyer who can. It's putting the client's interest first. It's called professionalism, and it's the right thing to do.

I'll be the first to confess that I don't know everything. A former partner once said of me that if I did not have the answer, I would tell my clients as much straight to their face. It's true. Accountability and integrity are not just buzzwords in my office. I value the reputation I've established. I don't advertise. All of my work is referred to me by clients, past and present, or other attorneys, based on the quality of my work and my ability.

But my partner then said that I would go find the answer. That's true too. It's putting the client's interest first, and it's the right thing to do.

Years ago, before I came up with Holady's Rules, the following often occurred. My clients would have one set of expectations about the amount and type of input I needed from them. I would have another. We were hampered by a lack of understanding. I realized that my clients and I need to be playing on the same team. So, while defending a recalcitrant client in a criminal trial, I came up with the following ground rules. They put into words my notions about effective legal representation.

Success for our team occurs when you achieve your goal. That's why I have the first three rules. At the end of the day, it's your goal and only your goal that matters. I want you to have met your goal. I make no guarantees, but together we can work to keep the number of surprises low.

Modified from the original context, the rules are as follows:

  • We are a partnership. I can't represent you without your participation and assistance.
  • Tell the truth. I can work with bad facts. I can't deal with changing stories.
  • Give me the facts, not your opinion. How you or I feel is not as important as how the judge or jury feels.
  • Remember: When it's over, I go home to dinner. You live with the result.

Closing Statement

Years ago, I was a new dad.  The world-wide-web barely existed.  Online marketing was still in its infancy.  I had a toddler at home, and my marketing company had a toddler client.  I put a photo of my kid in her overalls on the brochure and wrote “before you take your first step, call me! I may be able to keep you from stumbling.”  That line is still true.  I don’t get as many of those calls anymore as the tag-line was geared toward business clients.

Together let's work to ensure that your walk through life is a relaxed stroll, not a run.

I'm there when times are good—when you want to remember your parents in an endowment to your favorite school, when you want to leave your business to your children, or when you sell the firm to Megacorp. I'm there when times are hard—when you need to reorganize, when your parent dies and you don't know where to begin, or when disability strikes and you're not sure where it ends. Give me a call. Together we'll work out a plan and move forward.

Contact us when you are trying to find an attorney in Beaverton, OR. Mark is available to meet with you today and discuss your needs. He understands how complicated these cases can get, as well as knows that dealing with last wishes after a loved one has passed is often taxing, so he works hard to guide you through the entire process. We are available to meet with clients throughout the states of Oregon and Washington.