Oregon has a new advance directive law. The new law, which was signed by Governor Kate Brown on March 16, 2018, creates a process to update Oregon’s 25 year-old advance directive form. An advance directive is a legal document that allows a person to … [Read more...] about Oregon’s New Advance Directive Statute
Every day I go off to work and leave my two dogs, Daisy and Angel, behind to guard the house. Because Daisy and Angel’s combined weight is less than ten pounds, I have a sinking suspicion that they are less than diligent in this duty. However, when I … [Read more...] about Is Your Dog or Cat Prepared to Live Without You?
This is the time of year when last year's taxes weigh heavily on the minds of many. For most of us, there is not much we can do at this point to change last year's tax picture, but it never hurts to consider how to manage affairs moving forward. The … [Read more...] about Avoid Unpleasant Springtime Tax Surprises
No one gets married planning to get divorced. However, it is estimated that over 50% of first marriages end in divorce. For people whose marriage ends in divorce when they are under 45, 75% remarry within four years. More than half of remarriages involve … [Read more...] about Yours, Mine and Ours – Estate Planning for the Second Marriage
Most parents who leave property to married children want to leave the property to their sons and daughters and not to their daughters and sons-in-law. In 2006 the Oregon Court of Appeals held that a married child’s inheritance from his mother was marital … [Read more...] about Don’t want to leave your property to daughter (or son)-in-law?