Susan Ford fetchpriority='high'

Susan Ford


Areas of Focus: Family Business Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Life and Legacy Planning

Licensed States: Oregon, Washington

What to expect from Susan Ford

  • A 15- minute introductory call to understand your goals and needs.
  • 2-Hour Working Life & Legacy Planning Session: A comprehensive look at your current family dynamics and your assets, including a comprehensive inventory of everything you have so none of it is ever lost.
  • Education on how the law impacts your family and assets, focused specifically on your County, State and Country of residence.
  • A transparent discussion of your options to care for what matters most to you, no matter what happens. Planning options that work for you and the people you love. Relational, compassionate counsel to help you make "eyes wide open" choices for yourself and the people you love.
  • A clear plan (not just documents) for how your assets and those you love will be taken care of, throughout every stage of life, and in the event of your incapacity or death.

About Susan Ford

I am a Portland, Oregon-based business and estate planning lawyer, with over 25 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes. As a former shareholder at one of Portland’s largest law firms, I started Res Nova Law to better serve my business clients with more personalized service.

I work with business owners throughout the lifecycle of their business, from startup to expansion to exit and beyond. One of the most important ways I serve these clients is by helping them protect the investments they make in their businesses and legacy through proper estate planning.


We started using Res Nova Law for legal matters surrounding our intellectual property needs, but evolved to use the law firm for all our legal matters. We have had great success with their counsel and can confidently recommend their services for businesses needing IP or general business-related legal advice. We consistently get very responsive service and are treated as a valued client, which is why we keep using them.
– Tom C.

Res Nova has been our go-to attorney since day one. They helped us secure our intellectual property, tighten up our client contracts, and even go the extra mile to help our clients and connect us in the community. I’m confident making business moves when Res Nova has my back.
– Ciara P.

Susan delivered results that allowed me to continue operating my small business. She has a sharp mind with over 20 years of experience which shows in her work. I can’t recommend working with her enough!
– Tamara Y.

Moving ahead, I have every intention of working with Susan again. She is a consummate professional, and truly kind person as well.
– Jen T.


What makes PFL lawyers different?

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    How you hire us.

    We begin with a comprehensive inventory of everything you own, and everyone you love, and consider it all in a working meeting, called a Family Wealth Planning Session, to guide you to clarify your financial life and legacy goals before we draft a single document.

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    How we plan.

    We work with you throughout every life stage to map out the most likely scenarios for you and the people you love, planning for each as your life, the law, and your assets change over time.

  • Asset-1what-we-protect
    What we protect.

    Our Life & Legacy Planning process ensures everything that matters most -- from your financial assets to your values, insights, stories and experience -- are captured and documented during your life and cared for over the generations to come.

  • Asset-1transparency
    What you see.

    Transparency in our process, and our fees … all of which are flat fees, agreed to in advance, based on your choices and with no surprises, ensuring we stay on the same side of the table - supporting you to make a lifetime of great decisions - every step of the way.

  • Asset-1DElivery
    How we deliver.

    Our systems help you get clear and organized, overcoming the exact issues that keep most estate plans from actually working when they are needed most. We help you leave your family with a gift of love, and not a mess.

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    How our plans work.

    One-and-done estate plans focused only on money are a recipe for a big mess. We help you throughout every stage of life and be there for the people you love, when you can’t be.

Contact Susan Ford

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