Collaborative Law and Custody

Collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, divorce or family law, is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the…

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Failure to Perform Duties as a Driver

The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a conviction this week in STATE v. CINTHYA GARCIA-CISNEROS, where  the state failed to introduce sufficient evidence to prove guilt because it did not introduce evidence that defendant knew of or had reason to know of the accident when the driver was still at the scene of the accident. This…

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Proposed Oregon Business Tax

Oregon House Democrats pitched a plan to overhaul the way the state taxes businesses Thursday. The proposal is part of an effort to bridge a $1.6 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget, but Democrats say their efforts would benefit the state for years to come. Under the proposal, most Oregon businesses would pay a flat…

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Gun Surrender Bill

Intending to prevent suicides and shootings, state Senate lawmakers narrowly approved a bill Monday that would require a person to surrender his or her firearms if a judge rules the individual poses a threat to themself or people they live with. Senate Bill 719 would establish a process for a judge to issue an “extreme…

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Residential Care Quality for Elders

This week, the Oregon DHS reported that the Oregon Legislature, House Bill 3359 passed out of the House Human Services and Housing Committee with bipartisan support. Aging & People with Disabilities staff, legislators, providers and advocates have worked collaboratively toward much-needed change. If passed, it will put Oregon in the forefront of quality standards in…

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