Appraisal Standards Temporarily Changed by Feds Due to COVID-19

By Shannon Martinez, Attorney in the Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy and Litigation Practice Groups On April 14, 2020, the FDIC, OCC and Federal Reserve issued an interim final rule that allows lenders to close certain real estate loans without an appraisal or evaluation. The lender will have 120 days after the loan closing to obtain

Lender CARES: Evaluating Options for Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors and Gig Workers

By Erich Paetsch, Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy and Litigation Attorney When the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law on March 27, 2020, government support programs were made available to independent contractors and other small businesses decimated by COVID-19 and the public health response. In a rapidly changing environment, many of these small

Oregon DCBS Issues Guidance to In-State Lenders in Response to COVID-19

By Joshua D. Feil, Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group On March 20, 2020, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (“DCBS”) published Bulletin No. DFR 2020-07 (the “Bulletin”) to provide guidance to Oregon-regulated lenders and loan servicers in extending help to borrowers struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the difficulty that many Oregon businesses and