Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

We appreciate that you have taken the time to read this book. You are going through a very difficult time in your life, and we know that you have a lot going on. We very much hope you have found this book helpful, as our primary goal was to help educate you about Oregon wrongful […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special Time Limits for Product Liability Cases

Special Time Limits for Product Liability Cases

In addition to the normal statutes of limitations, there are also “statutes of ultimate repose.” For example, in a product liability case, which is where a person sues the maker or distributor of a product that was unsafe, the lawsuit must be started before the product is ten years old. So if someone buys a […]

How a personal representative is chosen for an estate

How a personal representative is chosen for an estate

The personal representative has to be approved by a judge. Usually, all of the beneficiaries will agree upon one of them to be the personal representative. There is a specific order that the law states (ORS 113.085) is the preferred way to choose a P.R. Here is the order: Executor named in a will Spouse […]

How Long Do I Have to File a Civil Lawsuit in Oregon?

Let me tell you a story about a car accident. Yes, it’s meant to teach you a lesson. It’s been several months since your car was sitting at the traffic light on a rainy Portland afternoon, and you were hit from behind by a pickup truck. The pickup’s driver admitted liability, and his insurance company […]

Woman Injured When Boyfriend Shoots Her in the Abdomen

Date: December 15, 2010 Location: Portland, OR Names: Jessica Heffler, Benjamin Allen Sprague Benjamin Allen Sprague, age 23, of Happy Valley is scheduled to appear in court on December 29 facing charges of recklessly endangering another person and third degree assault after he shot his girlfriend in the abdomen. According to reports published in The […]

Driver Runs Stop Sign, Causing Fatal Crash

Date: July 19, 2010 Location: Highway 42 & Brockway Road near Winston, Oregon Names: Kaila L. Boyer, Dudley L. Lenhart, Jesse W. James A 22-year-old woman died, and two people were seriously injured, after a driver ran a stop sign, and the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a dump truck, according to […]