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Social Media & Child Custody

Celebrity divorces are not news and many celebrities go out of their way to keep their divorces out of the mainstream and social media.  One recent exception is the ongoing divorce of “Kimye” or Kim Kardashian and Ye (aka Kanye) West.  The “Kimye” divorce has not made the news because of the size of their

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New Guardianship Rules in Washington

I think we’ve all succumbed to the siren song of New Year’s Resolutions, right? Whether it’s losing a few pounds (guilty!), going to the gym, meditating, we all start the year with the best of intentions. Washington State is no different with the adoption of the Uniform Guardianship Act in January 2022, although unlike most

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Aphasia – Planning for the Unimaginable

At 67 years of age, Bruce Willis recently disclosed his diagnosis for aphasia.  Aphasia is a communication disorder, with various manifestations of impairments.  It can affect ones ability to understand language, including affecting speaking and writing, but aphasia does not impair one’s intelligence.  This is an important factor to appreciate. The main symptoms of aphasia

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WeAreSYK

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP is proud to be one of the top 10 most diverse small law firms in the Portland metro area based on the Portland Business Journal‘s annual survey.

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State ex Rel Nicholas Kristof: What is an Oregonian?

Ordinarily, we stay out of politics, for that way lies madness. From time to time though, a case comes out of the political arena that is relevant to the lives of normal people. Such is the case of State ex Rel Nicholas Kristof v. Shemia Fagan. Kristof, a Pulitizer-prize winning New York Times columnist co-authored

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Does a Check Marked “Payment in Full” Actually Constitute Full Payment?

Cashing a check which includes various written designations by the issuer of the check such as “payment in full,” “paid in full,” “final payment,” and “full settlement” is interpreted by some states and courts as a complete satisfaction or discharge of the underlying debt even if the amount of the check didn’t actually constitute payment in full.  That used to be the case in Oregon a number years ago.  Fortunately, that isn’t the case anymore.

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In Memoriam

  Stephen E. Kantor May 22, 1949 – November 14, 2021 We mourn the passing, and celebrate the life, of a beloved friend and a leader of our Samuels Yoelin Kantor family.    

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A Power of Attorney is a Cost-Effective Legal Tool

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows another person to step into your shoes and make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. If you are the person creating a POA, you are known as the principal. And the person you appoint to make decisions for

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Celebrate National Estate Planning Awareness Month

With our adoration of All Things Estate Planning, here at SYK, please take a minute to enjoy the festivities that come around this time of year for National Estate Planning Awareness Month.  What are they?  Presents?  Decorations?  Delicious food?  Feats of strength?  No such luck – just an acknowledgement that you owe it to those

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Lessons From My COVID Year (and a half)

“These are unprecedented times” – a phrase I think we’re all sick of hearing. As the unprecedented times become more precedented times, I’ve had time to reflect on some of the silver linings of this COVID cloud.  As we weather the storm together – apart, I’ve had the opportunity to shelter in place and work

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issues New Eviction Moratorium in Wake of Surging Covid Cases

UPDATE: On August 26, 2021, the Supreme Court lifted the stay and evictions that were previously prohibited by the CDC Eviction Moratorium may resume, unless otherwise prohibited by state and local law.  https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/21a23_ap6c.pdf Effective August 3, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued a new order (“Order”) placing a moratorium on residential

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Important Changes to Oregon’s Safe Employment Act

On June 15, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed and enacted Senate Bill 483 into law, amending the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA) to include a significant new protection for employees alleging claims for employment discrimination and retaliation under the Act. Previously, if an employee brought an action alleging discrimination or retaliation under the Act, the

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Blachly Recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers

Oregon Super Lawyers recently interviewed Victoria Blachly for her outstanding work on elder law cases. Complicated families and complicated medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia increase the challenging legal issues in preparing for end-of-life events, but Blachly strives for soft landings.  Read the article written about her impactful work, “Soft Landings:  Victoria Blachly Speaks

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Disinherit Your Child?  Sure – It’s Your Money.

Christine Fletcher had an article in last month’s online Forbes, entitled “Should You Disinherit Your Child?”  The full text of the article is below, but I have to say that – to me – the answer is not one that should be made by an attorney, but by the owner of the assets.  If someone

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Oregon Office of Taxpayer Advocate: House Bill 3373

  In early 2021, Representative Fahey sponsored HB3373 in an effort to establish the office of the Taxpayer Advocate in the Department of Revenue. The bill is currently awaiting the governor’s signature and the office will become an active office in the Department of Revenue on January 1st, 2022. The purpose of the Office of

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Modification of Guardianship or Conservatorship: Lessons From Britney Spears

The media has been all abuzz in recent months, weeks, and years about Britney Spears’ conservatorship. We all remember the fateful photo from 2007, showing Spears gleefully buzzing her signature long, blond locks. Shortly after, her father was appointed conservator for her. Fans have long suspected that Spears is dissatisfied with the structures of her

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