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Interesting Times

I myself have never wanted to live in interesting times. I liked my small law practice, my family time and my pets. Fortunately, I also like gardening as I will be doing quite a bit of that in the days … Continue reading

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Tales from the Apocalypse

The dawning of the apocalypse has brought to fruition the closely held dreams of my three children- that school is now canceled-possibly indefinitely. Well, I am glad they have some joy in these troubling times. For the rest of us, … Continue reading

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Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

Preparing a comprehensive estate plan to protect a child can be an difficult.  On the one hand, parents should be relieved that they are taking steps to guarantee that their child will be cared for after they are gone.  On … Continue reading

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Guardianship Basics

In Oregon, every adult is assumed to be capable of making their own decisions unless a court determines that the individual is incompetent. If an adult is incapable of making responsible decisions due to a mental disability, the court may … Continue reading

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DOT Guidance for Travelers with Support Animals

DOT has provided some much-needed guidance on airlines’ responsibilities to accommodate support animals. Unlike service animals, which must be trained and are certified to assist people with disabilities, emotional support animals are not required to have undergone such training.  Support … Continue reading

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Probate: Basic Steps

Probate is often consider an insurmountable feat with untenable complexity- however, I jokingly tell my clients that’s California NOT Oregon. Oregon Probate is a series of relatively straight forward steps that must be taken in a particular order. The complexity … Continue reading

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Probate: Initial Considerations

After a loved one has died, family often believes they must immediately contact an attorney to start legal proceedings. Although I believe it is important to take a few minutes to talk to people under such circumstance, as an attorney … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Off Estate Planning

According to the court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will or trust when she died, despite reportedly having a son, Clarence, with special needs. The lack of an estate plan opens up the intensely private singer’s … Continue reading

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Will your Family have to pay your debts when you Die?

When you die, your debts do not die with you. However, your estate, is usually the first in line to pay any debts you leave behind. Your estate is made up of any money or property left in your name … Continue reading

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Contribute to ABLE Accounts via a gift card.

Gift certificates can be a convenient and appreciated way to celebrate and mark a special occasion. But until recently, it has been difficult to give gift certificates to individuals with special needs for fear of compromising their SSI, Medicaid or … Continue reading

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