Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Q: Can a domestic partner act as a “spouse” under the Wrongful Death law so as to bring a lawsuit or be a beneficiary? A: Probably not. ORS 112.017 used to allow a “common-law spouse” to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. That law might have been applied to allow a domestic partner to bring a […]

The Oregon Litigation Process

The Oregon Litigation Process

Here are some highlights of what you can expect a lawyer to do in a wrongful death case. This is only a selection; there is much more, but since every case is different, we have singled out some of the more common tasks so you can get a flavor.   Preserve all evidence: take photos […]

Life Insurance

Life Insurance

If your loved one had life insurance, that policy should pay separately from any wrongful death claim. People usually name specific beneficiaries in their life insurance policies. If the life insurance policy does name specific beneficiaries, then the life insurance company should pay those claims. Some people also have Accidental Death clauses added to their […]

Insurance Policy Limits Oregon

Insurance Policy Limits Oregon

Every insurance policy has limits. This is the maximum amount that the insurance company will have to pay. Automobile insurance limits are typically quoted as two numbers with a slash between them. For example, as of this writing, ORS 806.070 requires that an automobile policy issued in Oregon must have liability limits of at least […]

Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Every driver in Oregon is required to have liability insurance. Liability insurance is meant to protect you if you are legally responsible for an automobile accident. It is also a possible source of compensation in a wrongful death case resulting from a car crash because the deceased person’s family can bring a claim against the […]

Choosing the Venue

Choosing the Venue

“Venue” means where a lawsuit is filed. The options are Federal Court or State Court, and then within the State Court system, a particular county must be chosen. This is a complicated decision that depends upon the specific details of your case, but here’s an overview of why “where” is very important. In general, State […]

Possible Beneficiaries

Possible Beneficiaries

When we wrote our first legal book, Seven Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, we were very careful to write it simply, with a minimum of technical “legalspeak.” The idea was to write a book that would help non-lawyers settle their own cases, or decide if a lawyer was warranted. This book […]

Determining the Value of a Wrongful Death Case

Determining the Value of a Wrongful Death Case

What is a life worth? What is the value, in dollars, of the loss of a father, a wife, a grandparent, or a child? There is of course no answer to this question. The value of a life is not measured in dollars. But even though this is true – and obviously true at that […]