Elder Abuse and What You Can Do About It

Elder Abuse Statistics The National Council on Aging and other organizations and government agencies report that approximately 1 in 10 people aged 65 or older have experienced some form of abuse.  Estimates range as high as 5 million elder Americans are abused each...

Planning for Your Digital Assets

In 2016, Oregon became the first state to adopt a version of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“RUFADAA”), which became effective January 1, 2017.  The purpose of this legislation is to make it easier for people to grant...

PDX Home Energy Imposes New Duties on Homes

​Beginning January 1, 2018, all sellers of single-family homes in Portland city limits will be required to comply with the Portland Home Energy Score Program. The Program has been codified by the Portland City Council in City Code, Chapter 17.108 and is administered...

The Myth of “the Estate’s Attorney”

One of the most common misconceptions I routinely encounter in law is, in probate and estate administration, the notion that the attorney for the personal representative (“PR,” also called the executor) or the trustee is “the estate’s...

How to Respond to a Small Claims Lawsuit

So, you’ve been served and find yourself as a Defendant to a Small Claims lawsuit.  What now?  This article will provide you with basic information about Oregon’s small claims courts and your options in responding to the claim. What is Small Claims Court? Small Claims...