Bankruptcy FAQ

Bankruptcy – Frequently Asked Questions Below are a number of Frequently Asked Questions that we get from many of our clients.  The responses are general and may be different depending on your own unique circumstances, especially if you live elsewhere than Oregon.  Our consultations are free and we would be glad to discuss your particular […]

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Bankruptcy – Reaffirmation Agreements

What are Reaffirmation Agreements? When you purchase a home or car, in most cases the lender takes what is known as a “security interest” in the home or car when loaning you the money to make the purchase.  The purchased item then serves as collateral for the loan.  When a lender takes a security interest, […]

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The Sondra Shineovich Story

 In 2006, Ms. Sondra Shineovich came to our offices needing legal assistance. After a long, hard battle, and with the appellate work of Mr. Mark Johnson Roberts (now ‘of counsel’ with Gevurtz Menashe), the Oregon Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional the Oregon laws granting presumptive parental rights to heterosexual husbands of women who bear children […]

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The American Rule & Oregon Small Contract Claims

The ‘American Rule’ and Small Businesses The ‘American Rule’ is shorthand for the notion that, in America, generally, unless otherwise explicitly authorized by contract or statute, attorney fees ARE NOT awarded to the prevailing party in a lawsuit.  Presumably, in America, we believe every person and corporate entity should be responsible for his, her, or its […]

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Bankruptcy – What is Chapter 13?

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – also known as reorganization or “wage earners” bankruptcy – requires you to pay your “disposable monthly income” into a Chapter 13 Plan for a period of up to five years.  Chapter 13 Bankruptcy works best for people who have a steady, reliable income.  In most cases the payments made to creditors […]

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Oregon Transfer-on-Death Deeds – A New Club for your Estate Planning Bag?

I remember when my Dad bought his first 7-Wood.  He was always looking for new and different clubs to add to his golf game.  His golf buddies tried it out and pretty well unanimously decided it was useless.  My Dad, however, consulted with the club pro about incorporating it into his game, and practiced and […]

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Bankruptcy – What is Chapter 7?

  Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – also known as liquidation bankruptcy – is the simplest, most common form of consumer bankruptcy.  In a typical Chapter 7 case, you (the debtor) can keep most, if not all, of your possessions (including a house and car).  Normally you receive a discharge of all qualifying debt within 90-120 days […]

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Don’t Step in That… Common Estate Planning Mistakes, Part 2

We pick up where we left off yesterday, regarding many common estate planning mistakes that can be avoided by consulting a qualified attorney (before it’s too late, of course). 6.  Failing to plan for incapacity. I don’t know how accurate it is but I’ve heard it mentioned that the average American between the ages of […]

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Don’t Step in That… Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Part 1 Okay, so you’ve read about how important a will or other estate plan can be (or maybe you haven’t yet but can remedy that by clicking here).  Now you’re thinking about your estate plan and how to provide for those people, pets, and causes you care about most after you are gone.  Here is […]

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The ABC’s of Automobile Insurance Coverage – Part 1 – PIP

If you have ever taken a close look at your automobile insurance policy or the insurance card you carry around in your glove box, you likely encountered a bunch of acronyms that may mean very little to you.  These acronyms are shorthand that insurance companies and attorneys that routinely deal with insurance-related claims use that […]

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