1. Creating a Probate-Proof Estate Plan

    Probate avoidance is a common goal voiced among estate planning clients.  The concern over probate is warranted, given that probate is expensive, confusing, and stressful.  Navigating a probate is made even more difficult when undertaken by those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  This article addresses what probate is, a common misconception…

  2. CYBER SCAMS

    Using technology is efficient in conducting business for countless reasons.  However, it can also be risky because individuals grow accustomed to quickly sharing information without ensuring sufficient security measures.  Over the past year, we have noticed an increase in attempts to steal information over the internet (so called “phishing schemes”), especially via email.  These scams…

  3. Website Accessibility Under the ADA

    In the year 2018, more than 2,200 cases were filed regarding website accessibility cases.  The lawsuits typically involve the usability of a website by people with disabilities.  On January 15, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a blind plaintiff could sue Domino’s Pizza for violating the Americans with…

  4. Tax Lots, Lawfully Established Units of Land, and Lots of Record

    “Tax Lots”, “Lots of Record”, and “Lawfully Established Units” and terms regularly used in advertisements for real estate and land use documents. Any person interested in real estate or land use should become familiar with these terms because they have legal significance and are often used incorrectly. This article defines and explains the importance of…

  5. Guardianships and Conservatorships: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

    Oregon law provides that any interested person may petition a court for guardianship of a person who lacks the capacity to meet the essential requirements for their own physical health or safety. Likewise, any interested person may petition the court for conservatorship of a person who is unable to effectively manage their financial resources. A…

  6. 2019 Legislative Update

    With every New Year comes a fresh list of personal goals and business plans, and perhaps a well-timed vacation to unwind from the Holidays.  The new year also marks the roll-out of new laws affecting businesses, employers, and individuals.  We reviewed the new state and federal laws most likely to affect Oregonians in 2019 and…

  7. Pay Equity – Making Sense of a New Hiring, Promotion and Compensation Framework

    Keeping up with employment law can be a daunting and somewhat confounding task for employers.  One area that has seen significant changes is “pay equity.”  As of January 1, 2019, Oregon businesses, non-profits, and governmental entities are subject to additional pay equity requirements. The law originally focused on ensuring pay equity protections for the single…

  8. Jeremy M. Green, Attorney at Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis Selected as a 2017 Oregon Rising Star

    Jeremy M. Green, an attorney and shareholder with the Bend law firm of Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, P.C., has been selected for the fourth consecutive year as a SuperLawyer’s “Rising Star,” a distinction that recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. While up to 5% of Oregon lawyers are selected as SuperLawyers, no more than 2.5% are selected as Rising Stars.  Read More...

  9. Are Efforts to Reduce the Scope and Costs of Discovery Working?

    Once a lawsuit gets underway, litigation lawyers start gathering information relating to the lawsuit. This investigative process is known as “discovery” because it allows parties to the lawsuit to find facts and documents that may previously have been unknown. As any recent business or real estate litigant knows, the scope and costs associated with responding to a document discovery request in the digital age has become overly time-consuming and expensive. Understandably, clients want to assert that certain requests seek documents not relevant to the pending litigation. However, the scope of discovery both in state and federal courts historically has been broadly defined. In Oregon state courts, for example, Oregon Rule of Civil Procedure (ORCP) 36B(1) states that:   Read More...

  10. The Probate Process from Start to Finish

    BLJ attorneys John Sorlie, Melissa Lande, and Mark Reinecke will serve as faculty for a legal seminar entitled “The Probate Process from Start to Finish,” hosted by the National Business Institute. The May 12, 2017 seminar is designed for attorneys, paralegals, CPAs & accountants, financial planners and wealth managers, tax planning specialists, trust officers, and tax preparers.  Read More...