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

    Authored by Mark Reinecke      Read More...

  2. Resolving Disputes

    Resolving Disputes     Read More...

  3. Romance Scam Discharge Denied

    Romance Scammer’s Discharge Denied  Read More...

  4. Qualifying Charitable Donations for Income Tax Deductions

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

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Short Sale Debt Relief Extended Through 2013

    The “fiscal cliff” deal signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013 includes an extension of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act of 2007.  Debt forgiven as a result of a short sale or mortgage modification is ordinarily considered taxable income.   Short sales made up 22% of all residential sales in the third quarter of 2012.  Without such debt forgiveness, the current housing market recovery would be less likely.   Homeowners considering a short sale or mortgage modification should be aware that the extension expires January 1, 2014 and there are no guarantees that the Act will be extended again.  Read More...

  9. Annual Minutes Scam

    A number of us have received green envelopes in our mailboxes from “Corporate Records Service” warning the recipient about the annual minute requirement and providing a form for the minutes to be completed.  The form requests payment of $125.  While corporations must keep annual minutes, they are not filed with the state, so there is no filing fee to be paid.  Below is a link to the Corporation Division’s notice about the scam.  This notice should be disregarded.  Read More...

  10. Are There Advantages to Being the First to File in a Divorce?

    Family law clients considering a divorce often ask if there is any
    benefit to being the first to file a petition for dissolution. 
    Depending on the circumstances, there may be some strategic advantages:  Read More...