Oct 3, 2018
You are driving home from work after a busy day speeding down the road when, all of a sudden, another car pops out of nowhere right in front of you so you slam on the brakes, but it’s too late and your vehicles smash together. Now what?
Stop the car. You don’t want to make an accident worse by leaving the scene. Aside from it being morally and ethically wrong, leaving the scene … Read more
Sep 28, 2018
Whether you are sick, injured, or pregnant it is important to know the basics of family leave. The two most important statutes are the Oregon Family Leave Act (“OFLA”) and the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The OFLA is specific to Oregon and is similar to the FMLA, which is the federal version. The following are answers to commonly asked questions:
Am I eligible to take leave?
To be eligible under the FMLA you must … Read more
Aug 31, 2018
Regardless of whether you are the employee or an employer involved in a Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) complaint process, it can be unnerving. The best way to face your trepidation is to fully understand your rights, responsibilities, and the overall process. The following is a guide to the various parts of a BOLI complaint.
Step One: The Complaint
The employee usually contacts BOLI via the telephone and talks to an Intake Officer. If … Read more
May 25, 2018
The Latin term “per se” peppers many conversations though it is often used incorrectly.
The literal translation of per se is “by itself”; however, many Americans use it as a synonym for “quite” and “exactly”. The phrase is so misused that it has won an entry in Urban Dictionary. When utilized correctly the phrase pinpoints a single element of a larger thing, e.g., I didn’t enjoy the movie per se, but the cinematography was … Read more
May 18, 2018
The terms “et al.”, “etc.” and “inter alia” are similar, though different in meaning.
Et al. is an abbreviation for et alia (neutral), et alii (masculine) or et aliae (feminine). When translated from Latin, it means “and others”. Etc. is an abbreviation for et cetera (commonly written without the space in English), translated from Latin as “and the rest”. The literal Latin translation for inter alia is “among other things”.
Et al. is used at … Read more
May 1, 2018
A Latin legal term that pops up in headlines fairly frequently is “habeas corpus”.
Habeas corpus is a legal procedure to keep the government from indefinitely detaining someone without showing cause. The literal Latin translation for habeas corpus is you shall have the body.
Any person can petition the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus ordering the detainer to present the detainee in court along with proof justifying why the detainee should continue … Read more
Apr 17, 2018
You may have heard the Latin terms “pro se” and/or “pro per” tossed about when discussing who someone is legally represented by.
Pro se is a term utilized in the court system to refer to someone who has opted to represent himself. Translated from Latin it means on one’s own behalf. Pro per is used in the courtroom interchangeably with pro se and is an abbreviation for the Latin term “in propria persona” which means … Read more
Apr 5, 2018
The legal world still hangs on tight to their archaic Latin terms and some terms have even become part of our modern lexicon such as “subpoena” and “subpoena duces tecum”.
A subpoena is a writ ordering someone to attend a court proceeding. The word subpoena originated in Latin as “sub poena” which means under penalty – words still utilized in subpoenas issued today.
A subpoena duces tecum is a writ ordering someone to attend a … Read more
Mar 26, 2018
One of the primary roles attorneys play in cases is the role of negotiator and problem solver. Many people not in the legal field do not understand the difference between mediation and arbitration.
The simplest answer is that mediation is a voluntary meeting of the parties involved in a case to reach an agreement. The main point of mediation is to settle differences in a way that both sides find acceptable. Some contracts, such as … Read more
Aug 23, 2017
Among the more common inquiries we receive from tenants in both Oregon and Washington relate to security deposits that they are required to provide in order to lease residential property. The legal duties and requirements regarding tenant security deposits can be found in the two states’ respective landlord-tenant acts. Oregon’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (the “Oregon Act”) is found in Chapter 90 of the Oregon Revised Statutes. Washington’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 1973 (the … Read more