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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: How do you petition of probate
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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 14, 2021

The petition is the document that is filed with the court to begin the probate process. Probate is the legal process whereby a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything a person owns with value, such as real and personal property and cash.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: Where to find an attorney for hit and run motor vehicle accident?

Type of accident: Hit & run (documented in police report)

Driver (victim): Oregon resident

Accident location: Idaho (twenty miles from Oregon border, on westbound side of highway)

Policy: Vermont, major insurer

Coverage: Uninsured motorist

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 13, 2021

If you and the at-fault driver are residents of Oregon, then you have the option of filing suit in Oregon or Idaho. In Oregon, you would have to file suit in the county in which the at-fault driver resides or the insurer conducts business. If the insurer conducts business in ID and OR, which is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My boyfriend and I own a home. I put up the money for it. We are splitting. Do I have any rights to the money or home

I took a loan from my 401k. I want to stay in the house. I don’t know if he will leave.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 6, 2021

When an unmarried couple separates, Oregon courts attempt to determine the parties’ intent when deciding whether and how to divide property acquired during the relationship. The key inquiry is whether the parties intended to “pool their resources for their common benefit.”

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: Can my ex-wife move back into our house her name is on the mortgage but not the title and I recently got married again?
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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 4, 2021

Once you are divorced, the court's General Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage is the court order determines your and your former spouse's rights and responsibilities regarding ownership and occupancy of the home and payment of the mortgage. You will have to review your General Judgment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Child Support and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: My fiancé’s ex wife is growing pot illegally and not reporting earnings to IRS in Oregon. We are paying child support…

He has 2 kids; one lives with us full time and the other stayed with his mother and just turned 18. He moved out and is still in HS living with friend in Portland. The mother grows pot illegally in southern Oregon and the younger son living with us doesn’t want to be there. She was unemployed... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Sep 28, 2021

A court has authority to modify a child support order when there has been a substantial change in economic circumstances that was not anticipated at the time of the original judgment. To determine one's income, the court considers both actual and potential income. “Actual income” means... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: Filing for divorce, in Oregon both residents. Im the wife am I entitled to alimony, settlements owed .monies?

Married since July 5th 2014 at least still married separated and separate households since October 2018

Husband was soul provider

At the time when we were getting married. We signed, and the wedding official signed document stating husband will pay wife monies out to the wife every... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Sep 20, 2021

In Oregon, there is a legal presumption that the value of any asset, except inheritances or gifts, acquired during the marriage will be shared equally at the time of divorce. Typically in Oregon the court uses the value of assets at the time of divorce, not separation. There are some exceptions.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I'm mother refuses to identify my biological father. Can I take her to court to I.D. him ?

i'm 46 years old

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Sep 10, 2021

Filing a lawsuit against your mother would certainly create awkward times during the holidays. There are other ways to get the information you seek. Get a certified copy of your birth certificate from the state in which you were born. If that doesn't have the information you seek, then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Define "change in circumstance" in the context of a Washington state protection order
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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Sep 9, 2021

There are many different types of protection orders under Washington law so it is difficult to answer your question. Generally, any order, including a protection order or no contact order, can be modified by the same court that issued the original order if there is good cause. For example, a court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: How to do i get my chdren out of an abusive home?

I am in need of legal assistance with my post judgement child custody case. I am in fear for my childrens safety and well being. They currentlyreside with my ex wife and her abusive husband. I have made several attempts to file paperwork myself. I have multiple court documents and supporting... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Jul 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your dilemma. You will need to consult with an attorney in your area to determine whether you have unwittingly undermined your claim by trying to present your claim without legal representation. Generally, whenever there is a motion to modify custody, you as the moving... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Tax Law for Washington on
Q: As the title holder am I held liable for what the registered drives does? Accidents? Death?

My brother wants to transfer multiple vehicle titles into my name to avoid them being seized for child support payments.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Jul 21, 2021

As the owner of the vehicle, you are generally liable for the actions of persons you permit or allow to use the vehicle. You do not want your brother's legal and financial problems to become your legal and financial problems. Steve Dashiak's answer is spot on. There's an old... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Is a will that is handwritten in Oregon, signed by the testator and notarized valid?

There was another witness present who was said to inherit almost everything according to the will, but that person did not sign. The only signatures on the paper is the testator and notary.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Jul 12, 2021

It is now possible under Oregon's "harmless error" statute that a written document that is not signed in the presence of, and by two qualified witnesses may be a valid will.

The question is whether there is clear and convincing evidence that the testator intended the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: There is a homeless camp next door on private property who do I file suit against

The property next door has a huge homeless camp the city won't make them move because they say it's private property. The man who owns the property lived out of state but he recently passed away its a prime piece of property on tualatin valley hwy in hillsboro. But we have been told our 2... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Mar 10, 2021

You may have a private nuisance claim against the owner of the adjacent property. A private nuisance is a substantial and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of land.

To prevail on a claim of private nuisance, the plaintiff must prove it is more likely than not that:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: My mom named the youngest sibling the executor of her will. Can he do what he wants with the property?

There are 3 siblings and the youngest was named executor. She listed a few things that were to go to each of us in her will. I'm curious as to what happens with her real estate as it wasn't mentioned to whom it goes to. She wasn't married at time of death. Does the executor get to... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Feb 11, 2021

A personal representative (or executor) is someone who handles the deceased person’s affairs. A will generally names a personal representative who, if willing to serve and otherwise qualified, will be approved by the probate court.

If your mother owned the real estate in her individual...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Oregon on
Q: If my husband had a POA prior to us being married, is that persona still his POA?

My mother in law is my husbands POA and it was filed several years ago. Since it was filed we have married, who has the legal rights her or me?

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Feb 5, 2021

If the power of attorney does not contain an ending date, the law assumes it is “durable.” That means the authority does not end, even if the person giving the power of attorney is incapacitated. A durable power of attorney is useful when the person who authorized it later becomes unable to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Washington on
Q: My son just turned 18 is he still required to visit his non custodial parent?

We live in Washington state. I am receiving support from the non custodial parent until he graduates high school per the support agreement.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Feb 2, 2021

An 18 year old is considered an adult and is no longer subject to a court order for parenting time.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: My ex has a restraining order on me but my 18 year old daughter lives with her and last night she hit her

She left a 6,7 and 10 year old alone to get high and hit my daughter.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Feb 2, 2021

I am sorry to hear of the abuse your children have suffered. You did not ask a question but I hope this helps:

Your 18 year old daughter is an adult and is entitled to make her own decisions regarding where she will live and whether she should obtain a restraining order. She is eligible...
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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Probate for Oregon on
Q: How can I obtain legal rights to my parents property after they have passed and left no will.

A brother who has recently passed was staying on property. There is a foreclosure on property due to neglect of paying a county property tax debt. What if any is the easiest way to obtain legal rights to pay off tax debt? And be the executor of property. Thank you.

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Dec 22, 2020

Probate is the legal process whereby a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything a person owns with value, such as real property (home and land).

A probate is needed to clear title to land or a home that was held in the name of the deceased...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I get child support arrears if the other parent hasn’t been following the agreed upon parenting time?

Two years ago I signed an agreement to share 50/50 parenting time. However, shortly after the agreement and child support order was modified the other parent no longer allowed one of his children to visit due to behavior issues and therefore neither child has been at the other parent’s house for... Read more »

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Dec 15, 2020

Your question presents a complex and unique situation that cannot be answered here.

Generally, a modification of child custody requires a substantial change of circumstance since the time of the most recent award of custody. Once a person demonstrates a substantial change of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: I was served custody paperwork dated 11/16/2010. Is it still valid being dated wrong.
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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Dec 15, 2020

The main purposes of service of legal pleadings (service of process) are (1) to notify a person that there is a court proceeding that may affect his or her legal rights and (2) to give that person an opportunity to contest the claim. If the purposes are met, the service of process is considered... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: my sister left no will or anything and has 2000 in bank, can i close acct with death certificate?

Not sure how oregon laws work and if probate is always needed when someone really does not own anything and very small funds in bank left

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Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Dec 14, 2020

Probate is a legal process whereby a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are any property a person owns that is of some value, such as a bank account.

If your sister named you as a co-owner of the account or as the payable on death beneficiary of the...
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