“Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.”
— Maya Angelou
At this time last year, most people couldn’t believe we were expanding our firm amidst a global pandemic. It seemed risky, and yet, ‘no risk, no reward,’ so full steam ahead we trudged.
As our marketing director, I had a front-row seat and a helping hand in everything that went on behind the scenes. We started out with a search for a second attorney, hopeful that we would find someone passionate about estate planning. The stars aligned. We hired associate attorney, Laura Laskey, and legal assistant, Corinne Kelly, to be the faces of our new Tillamook office. (And what a dynamic duo they have proven to be!).
Oregon has passed a new bill designed to enhance protections of persons over whom a guardianship and/or conservatorship proceeding is being sought. The short of this bill is that if there is an objection to the proceeding an attorney will be appointed for the protected person (if they do not already have an attorney). Several counties, including Multnomah and Lane, already operate in such fashion. This will extend those protections statewide. The bill itself can be found here.
Milwaukie, OR, Oct. 8, 2021 – Barbur Law LLC announced today that the firm is acquiring all Oregon wills from the Portland office of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP effective immediately.
It’s official; fall is here. The crispness in the air will soon become sweater weather and lead to gathering with loved ones and all things cozy. But, OH MY GOURD, before you don your flannels, jump in a pile of leaves, or order that pumpkin spice latte, please be sure to create the estate plan you’ve been putting off. While wildly underrated, estate planning with the right attorney can be bushels of fun, and more importantly, it will bring you peace of mind that lasts well beyond the golden foliage.
Back to school marks a bittersweet moment for every parent. The slow summer days are over, and the early morning regimen begins anew. In a blink, the kids are somehow a “year older.” The first day of school requires so much thoughtful planning that it’s both eagerly anticipated and agonizingly dreaded. In the weeks leading up to the big day, there’s shopping for new clothes, checking off school supply lists, getting routine physical exams and vaccines, and filling out school forms. Might we suggest that while you’re in the throes of planning, you add estate planning to your list? Without a doubt, a new wave of COVID coupled with back-to-school has people thinking about the passage of time. Let’s use it as a time not to fear, but rather, to prepare. The key to successful estate planning? Do it before you need to.
“I just want my life back.”
— Britney Spears, 2021
You may have heard the terms guardianship and conservatorship, but you may not know that they are distinct legal arrangements. While commonly used together in the same proceeding, guardianship deals with having control over someone’s person, while conservatorship deals with having control over someone’s money matters.
After the year we’ve had, many of us are more than ready to take off on a summer adventure. If you’re like me, you have spent the last few months daydreaming of sandy beaches, crashing waves, and a little break from the monotony of everyday life. Now that the kids are out of school and it is officially summer break, you might be in the planning stages of making that dream a reality.
A word of advice, if I may: get your estate plan in shape before you go.
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