About Us

Thomas Hackett

Attorney At Law

Thomas is a legal strategist and advisor to families and business owners. Thomas founded NW Legacy Law Center, P.S. to provide estate planning and business planning legal services in a friendlier way. The response has been incredible:


  • 2017 Best in Business for Law Firms by the Vancouver Business Journal,
  • 2016 Best in Business for Law Firms by the Vancouver Business Journal,
  • 2015 Best of Clark County for Lawyers by The Columbian,
  • 2015 Best in Business for Law Firms by the Vancouver Business Journal,
  • 2014 Best in Business for Law Firms by the Vancouver Business Journal, and
  • 2014 Start-Up Business of the Year in the Business Growth Awards.


What is Thomas’s approach? Keeping it simple. Thomas likes helping people. Fancy legal words aren’t helpful and neither are explanations that are more complicated than the question.


Thomas and his wife, Tara, are the proud parents of two energetic children. Thomas’s family enjoys skiing at Mt. Hood, watching Tara brave the cold Oregon coast to surf, and spending time in Hood River as Thomas kiteboards.

Jakob Seegmuller

Attorney At Law

Jakob is an attorney focused on probate and trust administration with an emphasis on court proceedings. Jakob believes in providing effective advocacy through clear explanations, thorough research, and strong attorney-client relationships. He is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Membership Committee and volunteers at the Hollywood Senior Center legal clinic.


Jakob and his wife, Alexandra, live in Portland’s historic St. Johns neighborhood. They enjoy frequent walks through Cathedral Park, catching movies at the Twin Screen theater, and scuba diving in tropical climates. Jakob also conquers monsters in a weekly game of Dungeons & Dragons with his friends.

Jessica Bardos

Probate & Trust Paralegal

Jessica is our Probate and Trust Paralegal. Her main role is to assist clients with the administration of estates and trusts after a person’s death. Jessica’s research and problem solving skills – refined during her previous roles at a private investigation firm and government agency – allow her to efficiently and effectively help our clients.


In her spare time, Jessica enjoys multiple artistic endeavors including oil painting, ceramics, and drawing. When the weather is cooperative, her favorite past time is taking her adorable beagle Koukla on long walks in the area’s surrounding parks and natural reserves.

Caitlyn Pehrson Isch

Caitlyn Pehrson Isch

Estate Planning Paralegal

Caitlyn is our Estate Planning Paralegal. She supports and assists our attorney by drafting client estate planning documents. In addition, she guides clients through the process of identifying and updating their assets. Caitlyn’s warm demeanor and attention to detail, thanks in part to her role as a former banker, make her a wonderful partner to our clients.


Caitlyn and her husband have called Vancouver’s Carter Park neighborhood home for nearly twenty years. They give back to this wonderful community by volunteering with their neighborhood association. Caitlyn enjoys exploring Vancouver’s downtown core with her family, attending her kiddo’s many activities, and toasting friends at a local taproom.

Ann Littauer

Ann Littauer

Administrative Assistant

Ann is our Administrative Assistant. While her role varies depending on the day, she primarily assists Paralegals Jessica and Caitlyn with client projects. Ann also works with our attorney in the preparation of business formation and registered agent services.


Ann has lived in the Northwest for over 30 years and in Vancouver for 15 years.  She and her husband are active in various community organizations.  Ann is also a devoted mother to four children and one grandchild who live in the Portland area. Every so often she also enjoys a cold IPA, especially on a warm summer evening.

Ellie Magnuson

Ellie Magnuson

Executive Assistant

Ellie is Thomas Hackett’s Executive Assistant. She helps him with the general management of his schedule, business, and communication with both clients and business partners. Ellie also answers the phones and helps our Paralegals with projects.


Ellie enjoys live music, reading, traveling, and studying foreign cultures. Ellie was born in Oregon and has lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest her whole life. In her free time, she volunteers locally, cooks, and goes hiking and bike riding.

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