10 Guidelines for Finding a Good Wrongful Death Attorney

10 Guidelines for Finding a Good Wrongful Death Attorney

Ask around. Getting a referral from someone you trust can be an excellent place to start when you’re looking for a lawyer. But remember that the lawyer who did a divorce or reviewed a real estate deal for a friend probably doesn’t have experience with wrongful death cases. You don’t want to be someone’s first wrongful […]

Top 5 FAQ’s for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Top 5 FAQ’s for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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 of […]

How Does Life Insurance Relate to a Wrongful Death Case?

How Does Life Insurance Relate to a Wrongful Death Case?

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 […]

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 […]

Federal or State Court?

Federal or State Court?

“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 […]

Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

A wrongful death claim is brought by a personal representative for the benefit of certain “beneficiaries.” Exactly who qualifies as a “beneficiary” is defined by the law. Note that the person who can “bring the lawsuit” is not the same as the people who can “benefit from the lawsuit.” The “beneficiaries” are the people who […]

Possible Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

Possible Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

The law applicable to wrongful death is more technical. There is just more to understand. But for another thing, it is very difficult to settle a wrongful death case yourself, unless you are willing to accept far less than full value. Most insurance companies would be happy to settle with you before a lawyer gets […]