Posts Tagged ‘Oregon Law’

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Is a non-compete agreement enforceable in Oregon?

December 12, 2012 - by

Is your non-competition agreement enforceable in Oregon? If you have to ask, then the answer is: No, probably not. Oregon disfavors non-competition agreements, and presumes them invalid except in very narrow circumstances. Small business owners love them, and we see them in a number of circumstances where they just can’t be enforced. To find out […]

Your Power of Attorney isn’t Just a Form

July 23, 2011 - by

A power of attorney is a valuable tool in most estate plans, but only if that power of attorney is properly recognized.  Banks and other financial institutions, fearing their own liability, are quick to scrutinize powers of attorney and may be wary of honoring them.  Or banks may insist on the use of their own forms […]