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James Beard Award

Coquine and Rucker – 2016 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Congratulations to Coquine and Gabriel Rucker, chef of Le Pigeon and Little Bird for their James Beard award nominations. We wish both owner and chefs the best of luck in their nominations, and look forward to another tasty year ahead for them (and our taste buds)!

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Investor Defenders

Information About The Aequitas Investigation

Looking for Information about the Aequitas Investigation and Investors? Investors looking for information about their investment funds and private promissory notes issued by one of the Aequitas companies operating out of Lake Oswego, Oregon have come to the right place. We have created a site specifically designed for those seeking more information about the Aequitas investigation.

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Harper Lee

In Memory of Harper Lee

Harper Lee died today at the age of 89. Best known for her works “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and her more recent sequel “Go Set a Watchman,” she is particularly beloved in the legal community for her creation of the character Atticus Finch—a small town attorney whose kindness was surpassed only by his integrity. An informal poll of the attorneys of Samuels Yoelin Kantor revealed that many of us were influenced in part by Atticus Finch when making the decision to attend law school. Several still consider Atticus, at least as presented in “Mockingbird,” an aspirational standard and archetype for the profession.

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Piece-Rate Workers Entitled to Rest Period Pay

A major change has taken place for piece-rate workers in Washington. The Washington Supreme Court decided in March of 2015 that piece-rate workers are entitled to receive wages during their rest periods. Not only are piece-rate workers entitled to rest period pay, they must receive the greater of either their regular rate of pay or

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Changing Your Estate Plan: Don’t Cut Up Your Money For The Last Laugh

Thinking about changing your estate plan? Have you ever thought about disinheriting your children? It’s one thing to think about it, but to actually attempt it is another thing entirely. An Australian granny presumably attempted to disinherit her children, but with no avail. Before passing away, the 85-year old cut up nearly a million euros

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ABLE Act – New Planning Tools for Families

On October 5, 2015, Oregon Senate Bill 777D became effective. In this bill, Oregon implemented the federal ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act. This legislation gives families use of a tax-deferred savings plan, similar to the 529 college-savings plan, to save for individuals with disabilities. These plans would have the tax benefits of 529

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Happy Love Your Lawyer Day

“Love Your Lawyer Day” was created in 2001 by a legal marketer, and the ABA Law Practice Division is hoping the day will be a way to recognize lawyers, and celebrate them for their contributions. The day is celebrated on the first Friday in November. For more information about the holiday, check out the Wall

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Associate Anthony Dal Ponte ‘Hooked’ by Pacific Seafood

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP offers its heartfelt congratulations to associate Anthony Dal Ponte as he leave the firm to join Pacific Seafood, as Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Dal Ponte, with Samuels Yoelin Kantor since 2008, has been a valued client adviser, strategist, negotiator, advocate, and, when necessary, trial lawyer. We wish him all the best

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Christine Costantino Elected to the OSB Board of Governors

Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP congratulates partner Christine Costantino for her election to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (“BOG”). The BOG governs the approximately 15,000 active members of the Oregon State Bar, and determines the general policies and budget of the bar.  As an advocate committed to helping clients navigate the challenging territory of

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Real Estate

Portland Residential Landlords Beware – Notice Timelines Increased

The Council has announced measures to combat these issues. On October 14, 2015, the Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance requiring residential landlords give 90 days’ notice for rent increases greater than 5% and for no-cause evictions. This is an increase from the 30 or 60 days’ notice that were previously required.

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The Truly “Modern Family”

In February of this year news broke that Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit show “Modern Family,” was being sued in California state court by her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb. Mr. Loeb brought his suit in an attempt to void a contract governing what would happen to a very important shared asset—their frozen

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Blachly to Speak at ACTEC in California

SYK Partner and Trust and Estate litigator, Victoria Blachly will be traveling to Monterey, California to speak on October 16 for the 2015 Fall ACTEC Meeting. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. “Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest

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Happy Birthday! Who sang it? Better Question – Who owns it?

In breaking news – A California Federal Judge has ruled that over the past 80 years, none of the companies who have claimed to have a valid copyright claim to the popular “Happy Birthday to You” song actually do.  The current purported holder of the copyright, Warner/Chapell (an affiliate of Warner Music) has been collecting

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Investor Defenders

New Article – Banks Quoted in Investment News Article

Investor Defenders have published a new article. Banks Quoted in Investment News Article Regarding Expungement Language Investor Defender attorney Robert S. Banks, Jr. was recently quoted by Investment News, in an article about FINRA arbitration expungement procedures. Be sure to check their website for the full article. If you have concerns about your financial advisor or investment portfolio,

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Investor Defenders

New Article – FINRA Examines Broker Compensation Conflict

Investor Defenders have published a new article. FINRA Examines Conflict in Broker Compensation As reported by Investment News recently, FINRA has sent letters to brokerage firms asking about Broker Compensation. The goal is to discourage firms from selling products that benefit the brokerage firm and the broker at the expense of the customer. Be sure

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Investor Defenders

New Article – Asset Allocation

Investor Defenders have posted a new article. Asset Allocation – The Life Raft in a Stock Market Storm Stock market decline should not rattle investors who are properly asset allocated. Asset allocation as a predictor of stock performance. The recent plunge in the stock market is grabbing headlines and making investors anxious. Be sure to

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Individual Kicker Credit Amounts Announced for Oregon

On August 26th, state economists announced that taxpayers will be getting a kicker rebate for the first time in eight years.  This is Oregon’s unique system of refunding taxes paid when general fund revenue exceeds 2% of projections.  For this period, revenue exceeded estimates by $111 million so folks who paid taxes in 2014 will

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