1. What is a benefit company? An overview of the newest business entity type.

    The majority of businesses are formed as “for profit” entities whose purpose is to generate revenue for its shareholders, meaning that corporations are generally obligated to act in a way that will maximize shareholder distributions/wealth. This “shareholder wealth maximization” principle has caused tension over the years as for-profit companies have gradually sought to act in…

  2. A Brief Guide to City Incorporation 

    Incorporation provides an opportunity for communities to obtain greater control over local matters.  Becoming a city is challenging and should ultimately be considered as a last resort to other available alternatives for meeting local needs.  Generally, incorporation is appropriate when residents in the area desire a full range of governmental services that the county government…

  3. The 10 Best Ways to Prepare Your Estate Plan in 2021

    As an estate planning and elder law attorney, I often assist people in the middle of a family crisis which can be stressful. It is much less stressful to make well-reasoned decisions when you are not facing a crisis. Therefore, the best way to plan for your future, reduce stress and be prepared is to…

  4. 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:…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…