COVID-19 Orders May Increase Accessibility to Remote Notary Services

By Margaret Gander-Vo, Real Estate & Land Use Attorney Notarizing deeds, wills, and other documents during the COVID-19 pandemic while attempting to maintain recommended social distancing practices as created a significant challenge. Some banks are utilizing drive-up windows to facilitate necessary witnessing. Other offices have implemented systems where the notary and the signer take turns

Oregon’s DCBS Hits Pause on Insurance Cancellations and Non-Renewals

By Joshua D. Feil, Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregonians, the State continues to issue orders aimed at lessening its effects. On March 25, 2020, on the heels of Governor Brown’s moratorium on nonpayment-based residential evictions, Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services (“DCBS”) issued an order (the “Order”) directing all insurers in

Limited Oregon Court Access in Response to Coronavirus

By Joshua D. Feil, Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group On Friday, March 27, 2020, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha clarified how Oregon State courts will operate as part of the state’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the form of a Chief Justice Order, Chief Justice Walters clarified which court processes must be

Oregon Temporarily Halts Certain Residential Evictions in the Fight Against COVID-19

By Joshua D. Feil, Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group On March 22, 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-11 (the “Order”), which temporarily stops all residential evictions in the state based on the nonpayment of rent. Given the impacts that the novel infectious coronavirus

Oregon’s Small Estate Affidavit – Overview and Changes for 2020

By Freeman Green, Partner –  Estate Planning Practice Group On January 1, 2020, new laws took effect changing Oregon’s Small Estate Affidavit (“SEA”), also known as an “Affidavit of Claiming Successor.” Here are answers to common SEA questions. What is a small estate affidavit? A Small Estate Affidavit is a simplified probate proceeding. Its purpose

LEGISLATURE PASSES SICK LEAVE FIXES (big & small)

By: Randall Sutton The Oregon Sick Time law is almost as vague as it is complicated. The many pages of statutes and regulations fail to cover some key points and raise many questions, requiring employers to read between the lines when structuring sick time and PTO policies. Fortunately, the Oregon legislature has dropped a toe

Second Increase to Oregon’s Minimum Wage

By: Randall Sutton The second increase in a series of minimum wage increases goes into effect July 1st with the largest wage jump of any year in the six-year cycle. As we have discussed previously, Oregon’s stair-stepping series of wage increases create a patchwork of different rates by region. Effective July 1st, here are the

BOLI Changes its Course on Payment of Daily Overtime for Manufacturers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By: Randall Sutton  Saalfeld Griggs Employment Law & Litigation Practice Groups Oregon requires that most manufacturing employers pay daily overtime if an employee works more than 10 hours in a single day.  As with most other employers, a manufacturer also must pay overtime when an employee works more than 40 hours in a single

Estate Planning Considerations When Moving To Oregon

Oregon is a great place to live. Most of our clients live in Oregon, and more and more of our clients have friends and family moving to Oregon. Here are answers to some of the most common estate planning questions we receive from new Oregonians. Are My Out-Of-State Documents Still Valid?  Estate planning documents signed

Common Misconceptions About Litigation in Oregon

By Shannon Raye Martinez If you have been involved in business as an owner, entrepreneur or employee, you may have heard stories from others about their experiences with lawyers and how they conduct their business based on what lawyers told them. Or, you have gotten advice from a lawyer on one case, and thought what