“The Internet’s Own Boy” – Victoria Blachly to Speak on Panel

Come listen to an intriguing panel discussion on digital rights, digital privacy, net neutrality and more.

Special guests will include:

– Stuart Kaplan, Emeritus Assoc. Prof. of Rhetoric & Media Studies, L&C College & Member, ACLU OR Board of Dir.

– Bill Giard, Principal Engineer, PDIT Organization and lead’s Intel IT’s Software and Application

– Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology, Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, City of Portland

Victoria Blachly, Partner, Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Attorneys At Law

The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

For more details, and to purchase tickets, visit OMSI’s event page.

March 31, 2015 – Event Schedule:

6:30pm: Panel discussion

7:00pm: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Rated NR & 105 minutes)

9:00pm: Q&A

Steve Seymour Elected to Board of Directors for Hood River Chamber of Commerce

Steven-Seymour-ThumbCongratulations to Steve Seymour, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. Steve plays a key role for the firm’s office in downtown Hood River. 

Steve is a longtime member of the Columbia Gorge community. As the Former Adjutant for Mosier Post 55 of the American Legion, he served veterans of the US military while promoting patriotism in the community.

Hood River is about an hour from Portland, located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Cascade Range. The area is known not only for its outdoor recreation and dramatic vistas, but also as a hub for agriculture, wineries, breweries and cider producers. The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce supports economic development and tourism in Hood River, Cascade Locks, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood. 

Some of the Chamber’s signature events include the Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, Blossom Fest, Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim, Hops Fest, Harvest Fest, and Hood River Holidays.

You can find out more about the Chamber at www.hoodriver.org.

SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar

SYK Partner Eric Wieland and Associate Valerie Sasaki are teaching a seminar to Lewis & Clark Law School students this spring. 

The seminar seeks to apply the knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses (Income Tax I, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Wills & Trusts) in a planning context. Students will analyze and discuss various estate planning tools and techniques, and their application in different situations.

Non-tax considerations will be covered as well as gift, estate and income tax consequences.

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Victoria Blachly Featured on OPB

SYK Partner Victoria Blachly recently appeared on OPB’s Think Out Loud radio program to discuss online accounts and other digital assets — and what happens to these online legacies after we die. 

Even though conventional, off-line assets are handled through relatively straightforward channels such as wills and trusts, determining what happens to digital assets has been a much more complex issue. For example, online accounts contain data and other assets that are valuable to those we leave behind, but these accounts aren’t easy for our loved ones to legally access. 

However, that may soon change, due to the efforts of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and its Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. The ULC approved a plan in late July to give fiduciaries access to the online accounts of their trustees. The ULC is national group comprised of members appointed by state governments with the goal of standardizing laws. The plan would need to be taken up by individual state legislatures to become law.

Victoria has been serving as an appointed observer for the ULC’s study group examining the national issue of access to digital information. In addition, she served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Virtual Assets Work Group, leading the development of a legislative proposal to clarify that a personal representative, trustee, or conservator has the legal authority to access online information (Facebook, Twitter, online banking) when a loved one dies or becomes incapacitated. 

Click here to listen to this episode of Think Out Loud online. 

Victoria Blachly Appointed to Allied Professionals Council at Legacy Health

Victoria Blachly: SYK Attorney

We’re pleased to announce that firm partner Victoria Blachly has been appointed to the Allied Professionals Council at Legacy Health. 

The Allied Professionals Council provides support, advice and counsel to the planned giving program for The Office of Philanthropy at Legacy Health. The foundations served include Emanuel Medical Center Foundation, Good Samaritan Foundation, Meridian Park Medical Foundation, Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation and Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation. 

Legacy Allied Professionals are representative of the various geographical areas served by Legacy and include attorneys, financial planners, life insurance agents, stock brokers, real estate brokers, trust officers, accountants and tax professionals. These community leaders provide expert advice in all aspects of planned giving, particularly in the areas of annuities, trusts, deferred gifts and gifts of real property or stock.

“We are thrilled to have Victoria join the Allied Professionals Council at Legacy Health,” said Wendy Hill, Associate Director of Gift Planning for the Office of Philanthropy at Legacy Health. “Victoria’s expertise and enthusiasm make her the perfect addition to this group of professionals.”

Victoria’s practice at SYK is almost entirely focused on fiduciary litigation for individual trustees, corporate trustees, beneficiaries, and personal representatives — including trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, capacity cases, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse cases, petitioning for court instructions, and contested guardianship and conservatorship cases. 

Appointed the firm’s first female equity partner, Victoria is actively engaged with the local community. In March 2014, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS). GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. She is also on the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which is a bi-partisan effort to obtain an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination.

Named to the 2014 list for Oregon Super Lawyers, Victoria has served on the boards for Dress for Success, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and Housecall Providers. She is also a Member-at-Large for the Elder Law Section of the Oregon State Bar (OSB), and an elected member for the OSB House of Delegates.

As Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Virtual Assets Work Group, Victoria led the development of a legislative proposal to clarify that a personal representative, trustee, or conservator has the legal authority to access online information (Facebook, Twitter, online banking) when a loved one dies or becomes incapacitated. She is also an appointed observer for the Uniform Law Commission’s study group examining the national issue of access to digital information. As an industry expert on these issues, she has been interviewed by local and national media including the Portland TV network affiliates, Associated Press, Huffington Post and Time. 

Click here to read Victoria’s full bio. 

Six Attorneys from Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP Named to Lists for Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce that three of the firm’s partners, Stephen Kantor, Victoria Blachly, and Jeff Cheyne, have been selected to the 2014 Oregon Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Attorneys from Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP have received recognition from Super Lawyers for the past nine years.

Steve is an accomplished business, estate, and trust attorney and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the planning and administration of complex issues; he is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and a co-founder of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.

Victoria is the firm’s first female equity partner, and her practice focuses primarily on fiduciary litigation; she serves on the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, on the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, and has served on the boards for Dress for Success, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and Housecall Providers.

Jeff represents individuals and businesses in the areas of estate, tax, business and real estate planning; he is a Portland Tax Forum board member and serves as Treasurer for the Oregon State Bar’s Estate Planning and Estate Administration Section.

Steve and Jeff are both Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.

Three additional attorneys have been named to the Oregon Rising Stars list of top Oregon attorneys for 2014, including: Anthony J. Dal Ponte, who specializes in commercial litigation, fiduciary litigation and creditors’ rights; Valerie H. Sasaki, who specializes in taxation and business/corporate law; and Eric J. Wieland, who specializes in estate planning, trust and estate administration and tax planning. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to this list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Congratulations to Steve, Victoria, Jeff, Tony, Valerie and Eric!

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP Partner Victoria Blachly Appointed to Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org

Victoria Blachly: SYK Attorney

SYK partner Victoria Blachly has been appointed to the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which is a bi-partisan effort to obtain an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination. VoteERA.org is currently collecting petition signatures and donations to get an amendment on Oregon’s ballot this November.
Because the Oregon Constitution was written in 1857, and ratified in 1859, it never prevented women from being discriminated against. Even though the Article I, Section 20 -page 5-says: “[n]o law shall be passed granting to any citizen or class of citizens privileges, or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens,” women living at that time couldn’t vote, own property, or work the same number of hours as men. This same Article I, Section 20, originally written to provide equality, is still in the Constitution today.
Women in Oregon are currently protected with case law. However, case law, laws, and statutes can be overturned and interpreted by different judges. VoteERA.org Ballot Initiative Petition ID 34 would amend Article I by creating a new section (46), which provides that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the state or any political subdivision on account of sex.
Appointed the firm’s first female equity partner, Victoria is actively engaged with the local community. In March, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS). GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. She has served on the boards for Dress for Success, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and Housecall Providers, the only nonprofit primary care medical practice in the Portland metropolitan area to provide in-home physician, PA and nurse practitioner services to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities.
If you’d like to learn more about VoteERA.org, please connect with Victoria at one of these upcoming events: