Archive for February 20th, 2013

What is probate? And should you avoid it?

February 20, 2013 - by

Many potential clients want desperately to avoid probate when their loved ones have passed.  Probate isn’t for everyone, but it also gets a bad rap sometimes, both by attorneys and clients alike.  Many have likely heard a second-hand story about probates gone wild, where assets were hung up unceremoniously by the court.  That can happen, […]

Oregon Business Scam Alert

February 14, 2013 - by

The Oregon Corporate Records Service is a scam.  It is NOT the same thing as the Corporation Division at the Oregon Secretary of State.  Do NOT send them money or personal information about you or your business. We’ve seen multiple Oregon business clients in the past week bring to our attention a mailing they’ve received […]

Edge of the Cliff: Changes to the 2013 Federal Estate Tax

February 12, 2013 - by

Good news!  We didn’t go off the cliff on January 1st.  Even better news, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 finally provided some certainty to the federal estate tax by making permanent changes.  Well, “permanent” meaning that, for now at least, these provisions will not lapse, sunset, expire, or otherwise disappear after an arbitrary […]