Robert D. Dayton


Bob Dayton helps individuals, couples and business owners plan their estates and inter-generational transfers of assets and wealth, including all aspects of state and federal gift, estate and income tax planning. Bob has earned a reputation for carefully thinking through the transfer of assets and the choice of trustees and other fiduciaries.

Flexible planning for changing times

With the changing laws and times, Bob recognizes that adaptability is an important feature of successful estate-planning strategies. He is creative in using disclaimers, family agreements and other methods to answer his clients’ needs. Bob helps clients decide the structure and type of gifts to their children, including gifts of stock, partnerships, limited liability companies, and real estate and liquid assets. In addition, he assists clients with healthcare directives.

Creating your legacy

Bob often works with clients to use charitable gifts and devises for both tax and philanthropic purposes. He has helped create numerous charitable lead and remainder trusts, outright gifts and private foundations.



  • Assisted numerous trustees and personal representatives, both individuals and corporate, in the administration of trusts and estates, including tax matters. Often, these are large estates with complex assets and issues.

Memberships & Awards


  • Portland Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Portland Estate Planning Council, President (1987-1988)
  • Portland State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Former Member


Resources & Ideas


Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Foundation Board, Former Member
  • Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Leadership Cabinet at Providence Hospital, Portland, Emeritus Member




Oregon State Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

United States District Court, District of Oregon 

United States Tax Court

Outside The Office