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Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be… Read More »

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic… Read More »

What Steps Should Employers Take to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

As COVID-19 has plagued the United States, business leaders in every industry have gotten a crash course in virus prevention measures. Unfortunately, for many, the information regarding best practices has been confusing or even contradictory. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or a business owner, it is critical to know about the steps that should… Read More »

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a… Read More »

Landmark Oregon Supreme Court Victory

Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. won a landmark Oregon Supreme Court victory on behalf of a client injured by the Oregon Youth Authority. The sexual abuse case was brought as a civil rights claim under 42 USC §1983 and alleges that Youth Authority violated our client’s federal constitutional rights. In response, the Youth Authority argued… Read More »

House Bill 2191 – Shell Entity Legislation

Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 2191 (the “Bill”) into law on August 15, 2017. This bill makes many changes to the Oregon corporate laws in an attempt to thwart fraud and illegal activities commissioned with Oregon companies. The changes in these laws will become operative on January 1, 2018. This bill is Oregon’s response… Read More »

Judge: HOA discriminated against resident

Wages And Other Requirements For Public Construction Projects

This past spring, both the Oregon House and Senate passed bills that required contractors who were working on construction projects at Oregon universities to pay workers prevailing market-rate wages. Oregon law already requires prevailing wages on all public construction projects.  However, there are many major privately funded university projects currently in the works that would… Read More »

Who Is Responsible When You Are Hurt Because Of A Worker’s Mistake?

Employees at the Walmart on Adair Street in Cornelius gave customers an unintentional pre-Halloween scare when their pumpkin display caught fire. Fire crews had to be called to put out the fire caused by employees who were laying hay over hot in-ground spotlights. Fortunately, the only injuries reported were some burnt pumpkins. When repairs are… Read More »

Getting A Clean Slate In The Age Of The Internet

This summer, the governor of Oregon approved a law that required websites that post mug shots of people arrested to remove the images within 30 days, without cost to anyone who can show they were never charged, were found not guilty or had their record expunged. These websites’ business model is to charge sometimes hundreds… Read More »