ICYMI: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys – Trying to Keep Perspective

Not my circus, not my monkeys is often attributed as a Polish proverb.  I don’t know whether that is true or not, but I do know that I repeat that phrase in my head multiple times a day (especially on the hard days). When you are working with people in difficult and sensitive circumstances, it is very easy to fall into mirroring their emotions and getting caught up in their ...
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Distracted Driving Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

Oregon’s new distracted driving law goes into effect on October 1, 2017, which will make it easier for police to cite drivers who are using cellphones (and other electronic devices) behind the wheel.  Drivers will be prohibited from using any phone functions that require holding the device or touching it for more than a single swipe or press of a button. Here are some quick ...
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Don’t “Ghost” Your Lawyer

When it comes to working with a lawyer, it can be a very personal relationship.  Often a lawyer learns a lot of private information and it can be difficult and emotional to work with them throughout a legal matter.  This can sometimes be uncomfortable for clients - and sometimes it is easier to avoid talking to your lawyer for a little bit. That is completely understandable....
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What Not to Wear – To Court

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Going to court can be a nerve wracking experience, especially for people who have never been inside a courthouse before.  It is important to keep in mind that it is important to make as good of an impression as possible, which means that you should consider what you are going to wear for your court appearance.  While attorneys often appear in suits, it may not be necessary for ...
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What is a Sweetheart Will?

Romantic partners, particularly married couples, often engage in estate planning together with a common set of goals in mind.  A major goal is almost always to make sure that a surviving spouse is taken care of financially when the first spouse passes away. A “sweetheart will” describes a will where a person leaves all of their assets outright to their spouse.  After one spo...
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Volunteer Opportunity to Help DV Survivors

Looking for a good cause to volunteer for? The Domestic Violence Resource Center of Washington County (Oregon) is seeking volunteer receptionists to help greet visitors to the office. Volunteering can be for as little as one four-hour shift per week. This is a great way to have direct contact with community members and make a huge difference for those in need of services! ...
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Didn’t Win Powerball? Consult with a Financial Planner Anyway!

Planning for the future includes getting your financial house in order.  While the vast majority of us will not be able to roll around in Powerball winnings, we can take steps to get a clearer picture of our financial future by meeting with a financial planner to take stock of our current financial status and to plan for financial futures. Working with a financial advisor fr...
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New Look for Hough Law Thanks to Katchye Designs!

Hough Law has a new logo design thanks to the hard work of Aiman at Katchye Designs! When Hough Law started almost three and a half years ago, we cobbled together a set of templates that have served us well, but the time had come to update them with a more professional and modern look. With only a little general direction – along the lines of clean, modern, non-fussy ...
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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 at least a partial eclipse, if you are stuck indoors or don’t want ...
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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. In general, there are things to do right after someone dies, within the ...
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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 off your list.  The SMART technique helps you evaluate each goal to mak...
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In a Dispute? Consider the Best, Most Likely, and Worst Possible Outcomes

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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 with the victor and villain reversed.  Reality is often somewhere in the middle. A te...
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