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Aug 11, 2016

Estate Planning Checklist

Old HandsThe words “estate planning” can evoke a wide variety of reactions. To some folks, the words are an unpleasant reminder of death’s inevitability, triggering anxiety and the all too understandable tendency to avoid the subject altogether. To others, those of a perhaps more sanguine disposition, the subject might merit consideration but only by “people with money”; i.e., not them. Still others, who have taken prudence to heart and already made a will, the subject may … Read more

Aug 4, 2016

ABLE Accounts Can Be a Game Changer for People with Disabilities

Photo of moneyWe have previously told you about recently enacted federal legislation, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish tax favored savings accounts which can be used to pay for expenses related to their disabilities.

A recent article highlights the dilemma faced by people with disabilities who can be disqualified from government benefit programs on which they rely, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income, … Read more

Aug 3, 2016

You May Not Be Guilty but We’ll Keep You in Prison

Courthouse - 080416In a recent case the Oregon Court of Appeals held that just because it appeared that the petitioner was not actually guilty of the crimes to which he pled guilty, there was no reason to let him out of prison before he had served his full term.

In the case, Hardin v. Popoff, 279 Or App 290 (2016), the petitioner had pled guilty in 2007 to four counts of encouraging child sexual abuse based on … Read more

Aug 2, 2016

For the Best Price, Steal It!

Cash register - 080416We’re all familiar with those signs in retail shops selling fragile items that say, “If you break it, you buy it.”  No one protests that rule or insists on a discount to the wholesale price the store paid to acquire the item it was selling.  After all, when the item was broken the store not only lost what it had paid for the broken item, but also for its overhead, display, promotion of that item, … Read more