Practice Emphases

Estate Planning, Prenuptial Agreements, Probate

Professional Experience

Mercedes joined Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in 2011 as a law clerk and became an associate upon passing the Bar exam. Her practice focuses on estate planning and marital agreements. Mercedes also works on litigation cases which involve marital agreements or issues of gifted and inherited assets. Prior to joining Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, Mercedes graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in 2011. Mercedes spent a summer externing for Crook County Counsel and worked on all aspects of municipal law. She then worked under Professor Vollmar at Willamette University’s legal clinic as an estate planner. While in law school, Mercedes also studied will and trust drafting, federal income tax, business entities tax, and estate and gift tax. In 2011, Mercedes received the Tax Executives Institute Scholarship.


South Eugene International High School
Eugene, OR

Queens University Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland · American Studies

Willamette University College of Law
Salem, OR · J.D.

Professional Activities

During law school, Mercedes was a regular writer for Willamette Law Online. She is a member of the Multnomah County Bar, as well as the Estate Planning and Tax sections of the Oregon State Bar.

Community Involvement

Mercedes has volunteered for Marion County Democrats and as a law clerk for Crook County Counsel and Willamette University’s legal clinic. In 2013, Mercedes spearheaded the Wills for Heroes program in Central Oregon, helping to bring basic wills and estate planning documents to Jefferson and Crook Counties’ first responders and veterans. Mercedes is a member of OPB’s Sustaining Circle.


Mercedes enjoys traveling abroad, and met her husband in Belfast, Ireland. She returns to Ireland every year with her husband and children to visit family and friends. Mercedes enjoys the company of her family and friends and feels privileged to be along side her two sons as they discover the world. She also enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, music, and reading.