Area of Expertise
We are a mother and daughter law firm dedicated to helping our clients with all of their planning needs. Our clients range from those with modest estates to those facing substantial estate tax concerns. Our focus is to both teach our clients about the options available to them, and to learn about what is important to our clients, and then to match the available tools with the clients’ needs.
Kathleen A. Evans
an AV rated lawyer, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington State University and Summa Cum Laude from Willamette University College of Law in 1982 and has practiced law in Salem since that time. Her focus is in helping estate and business planning clients.
Service to the community is important to Kathy. She was chosen to serve as the 2010 President of the Oregon State Bar, after three years of service on the Board of Governors. She is a co-founder and past President of the Willamette Valley American Inns of Court and has served as President of the Marion County Bar Association, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Debtor/Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar, member of the Executive Committee of the Business Section of the Oregon State Bar, and board member of the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council. She is a current member of the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar and WealthCounsel.
Kathy was honored to receive the Marion County Bar Association 2010 Carson Award for Extraordinary Service to the Bar. She counts with pride many years of service on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties Foundation, the Salem YWCA, and its Board of Trustees, and the Distribution Committee of the Salem Foundation.
She is married to Michael Batlan; they have two adult daughters: Celia, who practices law with her; and Libby, the Associate Vice President for State and Community Affairs at the University of Oregon.
Cecelia L. Batlan
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Willamette University in 2005. While there, she was an active member of the community, participating in varsity volleyball, campus clubs, and Greek life. Celia went on to graduate from Willamette University College of Law in 2008. During her time in law school, Celia received honors in Legal Research and Writing, was a finalist in the First Year Appellate Argument Competition, and a recipient of the Civil Rights Award. Celia is admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon. She worked for her mother throughout law school in the estate planning field and her practice continues to focus on estate planning and administration.
Celia is a current member of the Marion County Bar Association; the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee; the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar; member of the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council; and member of WealthCounsel, www.wealthcounsel.com. She previously served on the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Oregon State Bar, chairing the committee in 2013. Celia also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Salem Art Association and is the chair of the Bush House Museum & Garden Committee.
Celia and her husband Russ are the proud parents of three young children who keep them very busy!
Russell L. Getchell
Russell L. Getchell is Celia’s husband and a 2002 graduate of Pacific University. Russ taught middle school language arts and social studies after obtaining his Masters in Teaching at Pacific in 2004. He obtained his J.D. in 2010 from Willamette University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at Willamette, Russ was a member of the law review and moot court.
Russ joined the firm in 2013, after spending two years in a commercial litigation law firm. Russ served as the editor of the Marion County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, was honored as the 2013 Arno Denecke New Lawyer of the Year, and served as a board member for the Marion County Bar Association.
Russ and Celia are the parents of three young children and one misbehaving dog.
Aimi E. Vansyckle acts as the firm’s legal assistant, handling all aspects of its legal practice. She specializes in funding work required for the formation of living trusts. She also assists clients with the trust administration process. Further, Aimi is a certified Notary Public and acts in that capacity on a regular basis during the course of the estate planning process. Aimi has three children with her husband Shawn and they all enjoy being active together, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest, whether it be hiking, fishing, camping or hunting.
Elena Soto acts as the firm’s receptionist. She is the first voice that you hear when you call. Elena handles the attorneys’ calendars, fills in for Aimi when she is unavailable, and serves as a Notary Public. She also assists with the management and organization of the firm’s probate and small estate proceedings. Elena enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends.