2021 Estate Tax Exemption: Key Estate Planning Proposals

By Jeffrey G. Moore, Attorney in the Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group   This last week, House Democrats released details of a new tax proposal to support the $3.5 trillion spending plan.  Although we stress that these are indeed proposals at this point, we wanted you to be aware.  The proposals will inevitably undergo further

Salem Chamber Public Policy Meeting: Employer Vaccine Mandates

  Randall Sutton, an employment law and litigation attorney here at Saalfeld Griggs PC, spoke about employer vaccine mandates at the Salem Chamber’s most recent Public Policy meeting. Click here to watch the meeting from September 2nd, and navigate to minute 35:45 to hear the beginning of Randy’s talk.     Randall Sutton is a

COVID-19 Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium Extended

by Jared Anderson, Associate, Financial Services Industry Group On August 16, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 21-30, which extended the mortgage foreclosure moratorium emergency period of House Bill 2009 (2021) to 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2021. The Oregon State Legislative Assembly passed HB 2009 during its first regular session in 2021. The

Mandatory Employee Vaccination Policies – Questions & Answers

By Randall Sutton, Partner – Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group   As the Delta Variant continues to keep COVID-19 on the forefront of employers’ minds, I’ve received a lot of calls about the legality of vaccine mandates and issues for employers to consider.  Viewpoints on the merits of mandatory vaccination policies vary dramatically. This

New CFPB Updates to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

By Jared A. Anderson, associate in the Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy and Litigation Practice Group On October 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a new rule regarding its implementation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The CFPB’s final rule (“Regulation F”) clarifies how the provisions of the FDCPA apply to modern

Oregon DCBS Guidance to Collection Agencies and Debt Buyers Regarding COVID-19

By Joshua D. Feil, Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group On April 30, 2020, Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services (“DCBS”) published Bulletin No. DFR 2020-2014 (the “Bulletin”) to provide guidance to Oregon-regulated collection agencies and debt purchasers to actively help debtors hit by the economic effects of the novel coronavirus. The Bulletin follows guidance issued at

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