In 2019, the Oregon legislature modified the rules for administering “small estates” of persons who die on or after January 1, 2020. By way of introduction, an estate is a “small estate” if the total value of the assets that need to be administered … [Read more...] about New Rules For Oregon “Small Estates”
It is certainly a good idea for each of us to sign and maintain in effect a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney authorizes another person (your “agent”) to act for you in handling your financial affairs and property. Powers of Attorney can be either … [Read more...] about Should You Have A Power of Attorney?
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