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Solar Eclipse!

It’s finally here – the total solar eclipse!  If you have procrastinated and don’t have your eclipse glasses ready this morning, you can make your own viewer with things at home.  You can find five safe viewings options via NPR’s skunk bear special series. While all of North America will be getting a view of […]

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Where to Start When a Loved One Dies

When a loved one passes away, it is often a sad and painful event.  Most people don’t know what to do in the days immediately following a death to begin handling the loved one’s final arrangements.  In addition, grief, stress, and a lack of information may make it more difficult to get the ball rolling. […]

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Set SMART Goals

Evaluating and setting goals isn’t just for the new year resolutions.  It is important to take time throughout the year to review previous goals, adjust, and make new goals as needed for success. The SMART goal technique is a great way to move goals from being a concept into an actual thing you can check […]

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In a Dispute? Consider the Best, Most Likely, and Worst Possible Outcomes

When people are entrenched in their own views, they often view the likely outcome of a dispute to be clearly in their favor and that the other party will be outed as a terrible villain.  Of course, sometimes they fail to see that the other party has the same view of the likely outcome, only […]

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Where to See Local Fireworks

If you want to catch some fireworks and/or get out and about for the Fourth of July holiday, but haven’t made plans yet, here are some local ideas to get you started: Waterfront Blues Fest(includes fireworks on July 4) Paul Rodeo(includes fireworks on July 4) Independence Day at Fort Vancouver(includes fireworks) Other Area Fireworks Displays: […]

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Supreme Court Updates: Trademarking “Disparaging” Terms

The Slants, an Asian-American rock band, have the right to trademark their name – even though it may be considered disparaging and offensive – according to a recent Supreme Court ruling. After the US Patent and Trademark Office refused to register the band’s name based on past legal interpretations barring trademarks of disparaging terms, the […]

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Supreme Court Updates: Sex Offenders and Social Media

A unanimous Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law aimed at preventing convicted sex offenders from using social media platforms, like Facebook or Twitter. The case was based on a North Carolina sex offender who posted on Facebook (using an alias) after he beat a traffic ticket.  His post read: “No fine. No Court […]

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Oregon Adding Non-Binary Option to Licenses and Identification Cards

Starting in July, Oregonians who would like to have a non-binary gender option on their official identification cards and driver’s licenses will be able to make the switch.  Oregon is the first state in the nation to allow residents to identify their gender as “X,” rather than “M” or “F.” The change stems from a […]

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all!  Make sure to call your dad and other positive role models to say hi and share your thanks! A special thank you and Father’s Day shout out to Hough Law Husband who is celebrating his first Father’s Day – our kiddo is lucky to have such a devoted, caring, and […]

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ICYMI: After A Loved One’s Death – Watch Out For Scams

Scammers are out there and even death isn’t enough to keep some slimy individuals from trying to make a quick buck.  If a loved one recently died, it is important to remain vigilant to guard their identity, protect against unfounded claims, and even protect their home.  Even though your family is grieving, it is important […]

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ICYMI: Finding Long Lost Relatives And Friends

Changes in the season and holidays can often be a reminder of people who are no longer part of your circle – not just people who have passed away, but also family and friends who have fallen out of touch for a wide variety of reason.  Maybe someone moved away, maybe there was an argument […]

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Safety Planning 101

When people are in violent and/or abusive relationships, it may seem impossible to leave.  Besides fearing for their own safety, people often fear for their kids, loved ones, pets, etc.  For some people, developing a safety plan can be helpful.  A safety plan can help someone consider strategies and plans for staying safe. Comprehensive safety […]

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ICYMI: 5 Things to Consider for a “Successful” Break Up

Everyone has been involved in a break-up.  Maybe it wasn’t even yours – you may have been pulled into the drama of the demise of a family member or friend’s relationship – but everyone can put themselves in the shoes of someone whose relationship is ending.  Chances are you even know people whose break-ups you […]

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Tackling Technical Difficulties

Technology is the best… and the worst.  It makes communication easier, but also reduces face-to-face interaction and nuance.  It makes it easy to share documents and information, but also limits learning how to figure things out on your own. Last week I had a technical issue that made my heart drop to the floor.  I […]

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Estate Planning in Pop Culture News

While most of us aren’t rich and famous, we often hear about those who are and what happens when they pass away.  As these stories can attest, sometimes being rich famous doesn’t mean you have all your ducks in a row: Prince: Prince died unexpectedly over a year ago and no will or estate planning […]

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First Mother’s Day for a New Mom

Yesterday was my first Mother’s Day as a mom, which is kind of weird to consider.  My daughter is a bustling 8 ½-month-old who is active and on the move, so I don’t get a lot of down time to consider the fact that I’m a mom too deeply. That being said, I do have […]

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“You’re such a good dad.”

I am not proud of it, but I have to take a deep breath every time someone compliments my husband on being a “good dad” to our daughter.  First, let me be clear that he is a good dad.  In fact, he’s a great dad – engaged, diaper changing, swim class attending, interactive, stroller pushing, […]

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Balancing Legal Work with Parenting

As anyone who has had a baby knows, expectations that are put on parents can be overwhelming and exhausting.  In particular, parents who work face a number of hurdles in trying to balance their work life with their home life. The legal industry can be particularly unwelcoming to parents, particularly moms.  This is a little […]

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Charitable Giving as Part of Your Estate Plan

Many people donate to charity each year, but fewer make arrangements to donate to charity as part of their estate plan.  If you are interested in making a gift, whether big or small, to a charity, there are a number of ways you can support your favorite causes. Make gifts throughout your lifetime. While you […]

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Lawyer Trust Accounts

Lawyer Trust Accounts, sometimes also called Client Trust Accounts, are used by lawyers to hold client payments and retainer funds that are provided in advance of work being performed. Attorneys hold unearned client funds in such accounts.  The funds remain in that account until work on a matter is invoiced (or, in some cases, a […]

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