1. Health Savings Accounts No Longer Subject To Garnishment

    Authored by Mark Reinecke  Read More...

  2. 10 Questions to Ask your Estate Planning Attorney

    Authored by Melissa Lande
    I am often asked what people should ask their estate planning attorney to make sure that their estate plan is complete, well prepared and will properly carry out their intentions. The questions that follow should assist you with preparation of your estate plan. 
    1. I do not have a large estate, why do I need an estate plan? Even if you do not have a significant amount of assets, most people should have a Will or a Trust, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive and Medical Authorization.  These documents allow you to designate a person to make medical and financial decisions for you during your lifetime and allow you to plan for distribution of your assets after your death.
     2. What happens if I die without a Will or a Trust? If you die without a Will or Trust, your assets will pass to the remaining joint owner(s) or to your designated beneficiaries. If an asset does not have a joint owner or a beneficiary, the asset will be subject to probate. Oregon law provides that if you probate assets without a Will, your assets be transferred to your closest family members or other relatives. However, this can be problematic if you prefer that your spouse or your heirs not receive funds outright. Also, if you are married and have children from a previous marriage, the children are immediately entitled to one-half of your assets if you probate assets without a will. You may prefer to structure your plan differently.
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  3. Bereavement Leave Under Oregon Law

    Authored by: Jeremy Green
    Certain Oregon employers are now required to provide bereavement leave to eligible employees.  Effective January 1, 2014, HB 2950 requires an employer subject to the Oregon Family Leave Act (i.e., an Oregon employer with 25 or more employees) to provide an OFLA eligible employee (i.e., an employee who has been employed for more than 180 days an average of 25 or more hours per week) two weeks of bereavement leave within 60 days of the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of a family member.  Qualifying bereavement leave includes leave to attend the funeral of a family member, marking arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member, and grieving the death of a family member.  HB 2950 defines “family member” as the employee’s spouse, same-sex domestic partner, biological, adoptive, or foster parent, child, grandparent, or grandchild, parent-in-law, or a person with whom the employee was in an in loco parentis relationship.
    An eligible employee desiring to take bereavement leave must provide oral notice within 24 hours of the start of leave.  The employee must also provide written notice within three days after the employee returns to work.  Notwithstanding the aforementioned notice requirements, an employer may not limit bereavement leave if the employee fails to provide appropriate notice.  An employer may require the employee to use his or her accrued vacation or paid sick leave during bereavement leave. 

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  4. Pursuing Contract Claims for $10,000 or Less

    Authored by Mark Reinecke      Read More...

  5. Resolving Disputes

    Resolving Disputes     Read More...

  6. Romance Scam Discharge Denied

    Romance Scammer’s Discharge Denied  Read More...

  7. Qualifying Charitable Donations for Income Tax Deductions

    Qualifying your Charitable Donations for an Income Tax Deduction                                               Read More...

  8. Oregon Employers Must Allow Veterans Time Off

    A new law signed by Governor Kitzhaber earlier this year requires Oregon employers to provide time off on Veteran’s Day to employees who are veterans.  Read More...

  9. Important Notice regarding the Affordable Care Act

    Important Notice: Business are required to notify employees of the availability of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act by October 1, 2013  Read More...

  10. How to Transfer Assets at Death

    Many people want to know the best way to transfer assets at death.  It is important to understand that assets can be transferred in different ways depending on how they are titled.  The 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...