Newly Married? Better Revisit Your Estate Plan

If you had a will in place and then got married, your will may have been revoked!  If this is the case, your property will pass as if you had no will. In Oregon, with a few exceptions, a marriage revokes any prior wills.  The only exceptions are 1) if the will evidences intent that it not be revoked by a subsequent marriage or that it was drafted in contemplation of marriage...
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The Mindset List for the Class of 2015

With the start of a new school year upon us, Hough Law Husband and I always take an opportunity to remind ourselves of how old we are by reviewing the latest Mindset List by Beloit College. Each year, Beloit College releases a list of interesting facts about the incoming freshman class and what “cultural touchstones” have shaped their lives (or what cultural touchstones they...
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2015 Pulitzer Prize Public Service Winner – Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

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The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Public Service Award went to The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, for their powerful multi-part series on domestic violence in South Carolina, which ran in August 2014. The series exposed the lack of action on the part of lawmakers to stem the tide of violence directed toward women in intimate relationships.  In their cover letter to th...
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Domestic Violence Resource Center of Washington County – Autumn Affair Gala

As many of you may be aware, I am on the Board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of Washington County (DVRC).  The DVRC is a non-profit organization that provides free support to adult and child survivors of domestic violence.  We offer a variety of services such as: assisting clients in obtaining protective orders, professional counseling, a 24-hour crisis line, and ope...
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Don’t Post Intimate Pictures Online to Get Revenge

Oregon Senate Bill 188, which passed and went into effect in June 2015, makes it a crime to post an intimate image of a person with the intent to harass, humiliate, or injure that person without consent.  An intimate image means that someone’s intimate parts are visible or that they are engaging in sexual conduct. Commonly known as “revenge porn,” states are taking action ag...
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No Tech Family Time

I have a lot of pet peeves, but two of the major ones revolve around technology and its effect on relationships.  First, I hate when I am trying to talk to someone and I can’t make eye contact with them because they are too busy looking at their phone, iPad, computer, or other electronic gadget.  Second, I get annoyed when I am out at a restaurant, bar, or event and someone in ...
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Guest Post – Advice for Your 1st Day at a New Job

Hough Law Husband here! As many of our friends and family know, I recently started a new job at Willamette University’s College of Law as the Director of Recruitment and Student Activities. While not legally related, per se, I wanted to write a post about one piece of advice I have for folks starting a new job. I thought about writing a list that included vanilla advice such as...
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Resources for Meals, Transportation Assistance, and More

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From time to time, I get requests from people who are homebound without the assistance of family, friends, and community members to help them find resources to get to and from appointments, grocery stores, etc. Here are four ideas for getting important needs met when transportation is an issue: Ride Connection – Ride Connection offers a variety of transportation services in...
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New Advocate Privilege Law in Oregon

In June 2015, Governor Kate Brown signed HB 3476 into law, which creates an “advocate privilege” for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.  With this new law, people are now able to seek private and confidential services from certified advocates without fear that those communications may not be kept confidential. Advocates often provide services such...
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