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Oregon has 3 kinds of legal guardianships. Do you know somebody who needs one?

Legal guardianship solutions are available for minor children and incapacitated adults It’s never easy emotionally when you realize that an adult in your life is becoming incapacitated, or when a minor child needs someone other than a parent to manage their safety, care, and life decisions. Fortunately, Oregon offers different types of legal guardianship as a means to assist…

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What are guardianships and conservatorships in Oregon?

Understanding what a guardian is and what a conservator is You might have seen it on a permission or a release form: “parent or guardian.” Or perhaps headlines about someone being in a “conservatorship” has piqued your interest, but also stirred up your confusion. After all, what are guardianships and conservatorships in Oregon? Are they for health? Finances? Adults?…

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What’s the difference between an heir and a beneficiary?

Who you include, exclude, and don’t mention in your estate can make all the difference in whether someone receives a bequest or is left out of your will When people consider whether or not they need an Oregon will, or who to include and exclude in their estate, it can get confusing. For example, do you need to mention…

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Kids and grief: Estate planning is part of healthy grieving

Grief has emotional and pragmatic sides. An estate plan helps you work through both Estate planning isn’t just about the pragmatic nuts and bolts of what to do with your property after you pass away. It can also help families prepare for and grieve loss healthily, especially when it involves kids and grief. This came home to me personally,…

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Oregon landlords: What to do when a tenant dies

Oregon landlords may face many difficult circumstances, but one of the most heart-wrenching and challenging can be when a tenant dies. Fortunately, Oregon law covers some aspects of this event, and others are up to your discretion. Landlord best practices in the event of tenant death The information below gives you some high-level understanding of what to do and…

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Succession planning for Oregon craft beverage businesses

Every brewery, winery, and distillery needs an estate plan The founders, owners, key management, and rank-and-file employees all take pride in what they help make. However, through retirement, change of interest, health, or other circumstance, all founders and owners need to consider how to transition out of running the business. Whether a brewery, distillery, or winery, succession planning for…

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Walter the office pup

Walter the French bulldog

Meet Walter! Walter joined the Willamette NW Law Firm family in 2023. This curious, friendly French bulldog loves people, about as much as he enjoys chewing everything. He hangs around the office offering puppy licks and comfort for clients during difficult times.

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