Archive for October 30th, 2012

How often should I update my will?

October 30, 2012 - by

There is no hard and fast rule, but as a guideline, you should revisit your will (and entire estate plan) at least every five years and every time you encounter a life changing event.  A life changing event could be one of the following: Change in relationship status (marriage, divorce, domestic partnership or long-term partnership) […]

What happens to your Facebook when you die?

October 27, 2012 - by

Our digital lives are increasingly an important consideration after our deaths.  This is especially so for our social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, which provide treasure troves of personal data about each individual user.  Over 1 billion people and counting use social media sites and services.  Facebook alone boasts 800 million users.  Twitter claims 500 […]

Your Oregon Advance Directive

October 27, 2012 - by

WHAT IS AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE? An Oregon advance directive is the means by which you can designate your health care representative and leave important instructions to your physician about when to use life-saving means to prolong your life.  For most people, the advance directive is an important and carefully thought out part of their estate […]

2012 Oregon Ballot Measures: What is Measure 84?

October 22, 2012 - by

Measure 84, if passed, does two things: 1) it eliminates the Oregon estate tax, and 2) it eliminates Oregon capital gains on property transfers between family members.  Measure 84 phases out the Oregon estate tax gradually over three years, with a tax decrease of 25% in 2013, 50% in 2014, and 75% in 2015. In […]