1. Coronavirus Relief Funds Available to Cities and Counties

    With passage of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Oregon received over $1.6 billion through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CRF”). A portion of these CRF funds are intended to reimburse local governments for COVID-19 related expenses. The federal government already sent $246.8 million directly to jurisdictions with populations over 500,000:…

  2. John Sorlie receives Preeminent rating from national rating firm

    We are pleased to announce that the firm has received notification from Martindale-Hubbell that John D. Sorlie has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM from his peers. Which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability.  Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive…

  3. Benefits for Small Businesses under the CARES Act

    By John Sorlie, Business and Estate Planning attorney On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) into law. The law allocates a jaw-dropping $2.2 Trillion to bolster the economy after various government-imposed restrictions required many U.S. businesses to close or reduce operations to address the threats…

  4. Understanding a Preliminary Title Report

    If you are buying or selling real estate, hopefully your transaction includes title insurance. Title insurance effectively protects both parties to the transaction by offering the buyer a source for recovery other than the seller if the condition of title is discovered to be other than as contemplated by the parties. This blog provides a…

  5. Pregnancy & The Workplace – Making Accommodations

    At Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, we know that your business is not limited to work alone. The workplace is a dynamic place where employers frequently respond to many aspects of their employees’ lives. This sometimes includes employees experiencing limitations in their ability to work due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, including lactation…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…