Southwest Portland Law Group is Moving!

Southwest Portland Law Group is moving to a new office in order to better accommodate our growing practice! The new office is fully ADA compliant, providing greater accessibility for our clients with a single-story layout and a larger parking area. Our firm started with just…

Breaking Down the Oregon Estate Tax

People are often confused about what assets make up their estate, and how the Oregon estate tax applies to those assets. Below, we delve into these issues to help you better understand whether or not your estate will pay a tax after you die. What…

Portland Renter Protections in Wake of SB 608

Background to Portland’s Renter Additional Protections The city of Portland estimates that more than half of renters are paying more than 30% of their monthly income towards rent. Almost half of Portland’s population consists of renters. In October 2015, in response to rapidly rising rent…

Does Oregon Law Allow for Handwritten Wills?

As with many legal questions, the answer is: “it depends.” In order for a will to be validly executed, Oregon law requires that a will be (1) in writing, (2) signed by the testator (or person making the will), and (3) signed by two witnesses…

Who Pays Attorney Fees in Oregon?

If you’ve recently been injured in an accident, you may be asking yourself “how can I get compensated for my injuries if I can’t afford an attorney?” Typically, for these kinds of cases, there is no statutory right to recover attorney fees, and plaintiffs must…

What to Do When a Loved One Dies in Oregon

Southwest Portland Law Group represents personal representatives in probate, successor trustees in trust administrations, affiants in small estate proceedings, and heirs and devisees involved in estate proceedings.  Often, we encounter questions about what to do immediately after someone dies.  The simplest advice we can give…

Southwest Portland Law Group’s Guide to End of Year Gifting

Around this time of year, many people search for ways to give back to their communities, donate to local charities, or make gifts to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, this altruistic intent can often leave people confused and overwhelmed with the tax consequences of…

Living Trusts

A living trust is different from a trust that is created by a will (called a “testamentary” trust).  A living trust is an agreement made during the lifetime of the “settlor,” the person creating the trust. In creating the trust, the settlor is making an agreement…

Personal Guarantee Basics for Small Business Owners

Personal guarantees are incredibly common in business. If you own a small business and ever have to borrow money, rent space, or buy expensive equipment, it’s almost certain that you will at some point have to sign a personal guarantee. Small business owners are often…

Has Sessions Re-Ignited His War On Cannabis?

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a formal memorandum effectively withdrawing the Cole Memorandum. As you may recall from our earlier posts, the Cole Memo directed the federal government not to use it’s limited resources to police robustly regulated state-legal cannabis. Under the direction of the Cole Memo,…