Archive for March 18th, 2013

Should your Oregon small business sue a customer?

March 18, 2013 - by

Every small business owner must one day decide what to do with unpaid customer bills.  Deciding whether to sue a customer is a difficult decision.  For one, it may simply not be worth your time if the customer is insolvent.  And depending on the industry your business is in, you may need to carefully weigh […]

Big Law Firms Abandon Trust and Estate Planning

March 15, 2013 - by

Trust and estate planning may no longer be in the wheelhouse of larger law firms. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a prominent international firm, is the latest to drop its trusts and estates practice group.  The prevailing thought behind this decision is that Debevoise’s trusts and estates department simply didn’t bring in the same amount of […]

Guardianships in Oregon

March 12, 2013 - by

What is a guardian? A guardian is someone whom the court appoints to make decisions for a protected person.  A guardian may be appointed for a minor when a parent is unable or unwilling to care for a child, or a guardian may be appointed for an adult who is incapacitated.  Guardians do not typically […]

Alternatives to Probate in Oregon

March 1, 2013 - by

Probate isn’t always needed in Oregon.  Probate is merely a way to transfer assets and clear title.  Through advance planning, titling of assets through a trust or with survivorship rights can avoid probate by creating “non-probate property”.  Additionally, with the right circumstances and the right types of assets, property that would normally be subject to […]