Dental Lease Tenant Checklist – Watch out for the boiler plate!

By:Alan Sorem Dental Industry Team I am a real estate attorney and member of our dental practice group advising dentists on all real estate matters.  The most common questions I receive are from dentists wondering whether it is necessary to negotiate a custom lease for their practice.  These questions are understandable in light of the

What to Consider When Hiring a Real Estate Lawyer

By:Alan Sorem Real Estate & Land Use The attorney-client relationship can be one of the most important relationships in a person’s professional and sometimes even his or her personal life.  As a real estate lawyer, I have helped clients fulfill their dreams by launching a new business, acquiring and selling key investment properties, developing land,

Oregon Forest Fair | June 18-20

June 20th, 9am to 5 pm, at Chemeketa Community College.  A free event that is open to the public, the fair will be held in Building #6, the auditorium building, nearest the parking lots (easiest to reach from the back of the campus from 45th Ave, SE and Silverton Rd.). The Oregon Forest Fair is in conjunction with

Land Use Legislation Update

By Mark Shipman and Alan Sorem Each year when the Oregon State Legislature meets, members of the legislative body propose a number of land use bills. This year is no exception. The following is a selective summary of land use bills currently pending before the Oregon State Legislature. Urban Growth Boundary Bills Last year, the headline act of the Oregon

Canary in a Coal Mine: A Real Estate Attorney’s Point of View

By Alan Sorem During the 19th and early 20th centuries, miners would carry caged canaries with them into the mines. The canary’s rapid breathing, small size, and high metabolism would cause the bird to suffer the effects of methane, carbon monoxide, and other harmful gasses before those gasses affected the miners. If a canary was

Exactions After Koontz V. St. John’s River WMD

By Alan Sorem Oregon land use laws have a substantial effect on all Oregon business and individuals. As members of the public, we benefit from living in a well-planned state and city. As taxpayers, we have an interest in seeing property developments pay their fair share of the costs of necessary public streets, utilities, and