Who Should I Talk to After The Wrongful Death of a Loved One

Who Should I Talk to After The Wrongful Death of a Loved One

After the death of a loved one, many people say that they can’t find anyone who will talk about the death directly. Maybe it’s because people are scared, or maybe they think they are protecting your feelings, but whatever the reason, it can be difficult to find someone who will speak clearly and directly about […]

Understanding Insurance Policy Limits

Understanding Insurance Policy Limits

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 […]

What Happens if Alcohol is Involved in a Wrongful Death?

What Happens if Alcohol is Involved in a Wrongful Death?

If alcohol was involved in a death, and if the server of the alcohol was partly responsible for the death because they served an already visibly intoxicated person, or served a minor, or failed to perform their server duties correctly in other ways (which are defined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission), you may be […]

How Long do you Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

How Long do you Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In addition to the practical time limit of trying to gather information while it’s fresh, there are also legal time limits. These legal time limits are called “statutes of limitations” and you will hear this term a lot. First, another statement of our disclaimer: statutes of limitations are notoriously difficult. There are many, many special […]

Wrongful Death: Securing Evidence in a Timely Manner

Wrongful Death: Securing Evidence in a Timely Manner

Immediately after the death of a loved one, you are likely in no condition to be talking with lawyers, thinking about legalities, or, certainly, securing evidence. But we can promise you, the insurance company and lawyers for the person or company responsible for the death will not hesitate. They will rush out and gather whatever […]

Reaching a Settlement in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Reaching a Settlement in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Once a settlement offer has been made, it is your lawyer’s job to advise you as to whether the offer is reasonable given the risks of a trial. But it is the personal representative’s job – not the lawyer’s – to make the final decision as to whether to accept a settlement offer. A judge […]

The Discovery Process of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Discovery Process of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Long before a trial is ever held, both sides have the right to “discovery.” In Oregon state court, this centers on depositions and requests for discovery. Let’s take them one at a time. Depositions are like recorded, official interviews. In a deposition, the lawyer can ask questions of opposing parties and witnesses, and they have […]

Meeting with and Choosing Your Wrongful Death Attorney

Meeting with and Choosing Your Wrongful Death Attorney

Choosing a lawyer is of course a crucial step in the process. You should interview several lawyers, and you should ask them hard questions. Take notes, and feel free to bring a trusted friend or relative with you. But do be aware that the presence of a friend may negate the confidentiality of the meeting, […]