Father Gets Custody of Daughter after Long Struggle

A young Father hired Jennifer Peckham to represent him in a custody case that had been consolidated with a juvenile court case.  Father, a service member, had successfully established his legal paternity in regard to Daughter after a long process with no legal assistance.  At the time Jennifer came on board, Father needed help going to court to […]

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Advocate for Children in High Conflict Cases

Jennifer Peckham accepts court appointments to represent children in high conflict domestic relations cases.  As a former school teacher, Jennifer especially enjoys representing children, drawing on her years of experience in the schools to build rapport with her young clients.  Children are all too often caught in the middle of their parents’ high conflict custody and […]

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Grandparents Get Custody of Grandchildren

Jennifer Peckham has represented Grandparents in domestic relations cases, helping Grandparents in two cases get custody of their grandchildren.  In both cases, paternal Grandparents sought custody of their grandchildren because one parent was incarcerated, and the other parent struggled with addiction, criminal behavior, and residential instability.  Contested third party custody cases can be challenging, in that the third party seeking custody […]

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Court Upholds Islamic Marital Agreement

Client Wife hired Jennifer Peckham to represent her in a dissolution of marriage proceeding.  Parties were Iraqi and participated in an Islamic marriage ceremony.  Per Islamic custom, the parties entered into a mahr agreement at the time of marriage, which entitled Wife to recover $30,000.00 in the event of divorce.  Not exactly a dowry, nor […]

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Neighbors Must Compensate Clients for Unreasonably Refusing Repairs to Shared Structure

Clients came to Owens / Pinzelik, P.C. in a dispute with their Neighbors regarding necessary repairs to an elevated parking structure shared between their southwest Portland hillside homes.  The structure was subject to a recorded easement agreement that obligated both sides to contribute equally to the cost of repairs.  Neighbors had agreed to honor this […]

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Mortgage Buyer Whacked for Improper Deficiency Claim

Client consulted with John Pinzelik regarding possible bankruptcy protection. Her credit rating and income to debt ratio were in good shape, however.  Mr. Pinzelik learned, though, Client was being sued by Apollo Financial Group, LLC on a home equity loan that she and her former spouse took out years before on their homestead in Texas. Apollo Financial Group […]

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$1.7M Judgment Punishes Abusers – UPDATE

Client came to Owens / Pinzelik, P.C. concerned that her uncle was being taken advantage of by his Son and Daughter-in-law.  Uncle was elderly and had given Daughter-in-law power of attorney to help him manage his finances and pay his bills.  Son and Daughter-in-law, however, abused that authority and began regularly withdrawing funds from Uncle’s account, […]

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Domestic Partnership and Co-Ownership of Historic Portland Property Upheld

Client and his same-sex Partner had been in a committed relationship for nearly thirty years.  Client and Partner had purchased a historic Portland home together and at various times through their relationship it was titled in the name of one, the other, or both of them.  Problems arose, forcing them apart.  As the property at […]

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Settlement of Debt Avoids Judgment on Record

Clients, husband and wife, were being sued in Oregon Circuit Court for breach of contract by a contractor who performed some work on their property.  Clients acknowledged the debt as valid and retained the services of David Owens to represent them in negotiating a payment that would allow them to move past this issue without […]

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Client Pays Significantly Less than Amount Sued For

Client, a Canadian publishing company, found itself as a Defendant in an Oregon court, sued by a former independent advertising contractor for moneys he alleged he was owed.  Client retained our attorneys to represent it in defending what it believed to be a frivolous suit.  We were able to educate Plaintiff (through his own attorney) about the deficiencies of […]

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