As we settle into the new year trying to keep our resolutions can become difficult. Here at Barbur Law, however, we are sticking with it. Our resolution: more blogs written by our attorneys! Why is this our resolution? As a firm specializing in estate planning, we think it is important for our professionals to share our knowledge to help pass the basics on to you. We will start this year with several blogs on the Oregon estate tax and the best ways to manage this tax. As you can see in the overview below, estate tax affects Oregonians to a higher extent than most.
It’s beginning to look a lot like...the winter holidays are upon us. ‘Tis the season of red Starbucks cups, twinkling lights, and Salvation Army bells ringing. There’s nostalgia in the air of that magical childhood love for Christmas. Holiday cards fill our mailboxes highlighting visits to Santa, new family additions, and kids smiling so brightly – surely the result of exhausted parents negotiating for those smiles behind the cameras. It is undoubtedly a special time of year when we feel more connected to family, friends, and community.
Thanksgiving is such a special time of gathering with loved ones. If I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, I hear the laughter of my cousins ringing through my Grammy’s house; I see generations of women coming together in the kitchen to make a beautiful meal out of tradition; I smell the oven opening to baste the turkey and the sweet cinnamon of apple pie. If your Thanksgiving is anything like mine, it is a time for family to assemble from all over — perhaps the only time you’re all together — to cram in around formal tables, kids’ tables, and card tables, and to be present and grateful. In today’s world, with family spread across the globe and various time zones, what a gift it is to all be in one place. And what a meaningful time to talk about more than just turkey.
We live in a culture of immediacy. Want to lounge in your sweats and have dinner delivered? UberEats has you covered. Forget to mail Grandma’s birthday gift? Look no further than Amazon Prime same day delivery. Time for a bathroom renovation? Easy-peasy; nothing an HGTV marathon and a few YouTube tutorials can’t tackle. In today’s world of having so much information at our fingertips, it becomes increasingly important that we thoughtfully consider where we can afford to cut corners. DIY projects can be seriously satisfying but can also expose ugly shortcomings. Do-it-yourself estate planning, for example, can offer a false sense of security.
September seems to be the month that for so many of us, more than any other time of year, truly straddles two seasons. Toes in the sand still kissing summer goodbye, we welcome football Sundays and pumpkin spice lattes. With kids back to school and new routines to settle into, what better time than now to turn our attention to estate planning?
Welcome to August! It’s that time of year when we start to feel summer slipping away, and folks seem to be cramming in one last beach trip while simultaneously checking off items on those dreaded back-to-school lists. It’s no surprise that with the closing out of arguably the most care-free season, August is also deemed “National Make-A-Will Month.” With so much planning on the horizon, we might as well add the most important planning document to our to-do lists this month: a will.
I’ve never really given much thought to the expression “Christmas in July” until recently. As an estate planning attorney, as in any profession, my line of work is somewhat seasonal, and summer is arguably more relaxed. Summer presents a quieter, less busy season of life for many families, particularly families with young kids home from school. This allows for time to get things accomplished that may seem overwhelming during more hectic seasons of the year. Enter estate planning.
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