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New Year – New Law: Guns and Extreme Risk Orders

Oregon judges may now issue “extreme risk protection orders” that allow firearms to be taken from people who pose an immediate threat to themselves or family members. If a judge issues an order, the person then has 24 hours to provide their firearms (and all other deadly weapons) and any concealed handgun license to a […]

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New Year – New Law: Increase in Tobacco Age

The new year has ushered in a change to the tobacco age to 21 in Oregon.  The new law covers tobacco and vape products and penalizes clerks who sell to anyone underage. The change in the law is to help combat nicotine addiction and to reduce smoking deaths.  Smoking is one of the leading causes […]

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New Year – New Law: Pump Your Own Gas!

Pumping your own gas has come to Oregon – sort of.  The change in the law was meant to help people in rural counties who may need access to gas at hours when their closest gas station does not have an attendant on duty. In counties (yes, counties) with less than 40,000 residents, gas stations […]

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Year End Estate Plan Review

As the year draws to a close, it is a perfect time to review your estate plan (or get one in place)!  An easy place to start is to evaluate whether updates may be needed due to changes in family and financial status. Some starting questions to consider: Family Changes: Have you gotten married or […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

The annual tradition of setting resolutions with the best of intentions, but probably not the best follow through, is upon us!  As you set goals this year, think about the SMART goal technique to set goals that are: Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible. The more specific your goal, the more you can […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday season full of love, family, friends, and laughter!  May the new year bring adventures and happiness your way!

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Don’t Celebrate the Holidays with a DUII

This time of year is full of holiday parties, year-end celebrations, and toasting the new year – but be careful while you are out celebrating not to get too “toasted” on eggnog and cocktails. According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes and the average drunk […]

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Mantra for Kids’ Gifts

Each year the holiday season comes before you know it and people start to panic about checking everyone off their annual gift list.  For kids, I love the saying, “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read,” as a starting place for figuring out what to gift to the little […]

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Holiday Marketing As An Introvert

With December upon us and the holiday season getting into full swing, it seems like social calendars are filling up fast!  As a small business owner, I find it particularly important to attend a number of holiday events – each event is a mini-marketing activity that allows me an opportunity to talk about my business […]

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Storing Important Documents

There are several things to consider when you are storing important documents.  Most of the issues can be boiled down to a balance between accessibility and security – in other words, how can you make sure the people who need to use your documents can find them when the time comes, but also balance the […]

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday – the global day of giving that kicks off the charitable season! For anyone looking to find a charity in their area to support, you can find a list of those involved in #GivingTuesday by location, organization type, or name by clicking HERE. For anyone seeking a charity to support, I would […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  May your family, friends, and you have a happy holiday full of thanks for health, happiness, and love. This year, I am thankful to celebrate the holiday with family, the blessings of health, the ability to do something I love with such wonderful clients and professional contacts, and, as always, for stretchy […]

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Be Nice to Someone – That Will Make It Easier to Be Nice to Them Again

Ben Franklin famously said that, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.”  This statement reflects the Ben Franklin effect – the idea that you are more likely to do a favor in the future for someone who you have done a […]

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