1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. How Veterans Benefits Can Help Pay for Long Term Care and Other Expenses

    My clients often ask me about the benefits that are available to them as veterans. In preparing an estate pan, veterans should be aware of some additional benefits that may be available to them for payment of long term care and other expenses.   Read More...

  7. Should Facebook Users Post “Privacy Notices”?

    Once again, we’re seeing our Facebook friends repost “privacy notices” in status updates which purport to restrict Facebook’s use of the personal information, including photos, that they choose to include on their individual pages.   These Facebook notices, which are usually full of legalese, have proliferated over the years in different forms.  Last year, a version circulated in which the posters declared a personal “copyright” on the content of their Facebook pages.  Currently, a notice is popping up advising readers that Facebook is now a public entity, and stating that Facebook does not have permission to use the poster’s photos or information in the poster’s status update.   The notices usually encourage other Facebook users to repost the notice for their own protection.     Read More...

  8. BLJ Client Wins Tax Appeal in Oregon Supreme Court

    A Bend business will pay less county property taxes after lawyers at Bryant Lovlien and Jarvis challenged
    its assessment. The taxpayer also received a refund for several years of overpayments, 12% interest on
    those overpayments, and reimbursement of $243,000 in legal fees and costs.
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  9. Building a Better Bend

    Population forecasts project that Bend will hit 115,000 persons by 2028.  This will require more than 10,000 new dwelling units, millions of square feet in new buildings to provide employment opportunities and amenities, and hundreds of acres of new parks, schools, and other public facilities. While a proposed 2,380-acre expansion of the urban growth boundary (UGB) will add to the supply of buildable land, the new acreage alone cannot meet this demand. The obvious conclusion is that Bend must grow up.  Read More...

  10. How to Transfer Assets at Death

    Many people are faced with uncertainty when they have to handle another person’s affairs. My clients often want to know the best way to transfer assets at death.  Assets can be transferred in different ways depending on how they are titled.  Assets that need to be distributed at death often include real property, vehicles, bank accounts, retirement accounts, life insurance and stocks and bonds.   Read More...