Troutdale, OR asked in Civil Litigation, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Oregon

Q: Are there any personal injury attorneys licensed and familiar with practice in BOTH arizona AND oregon?

My dad was murdered in lake havasu city, AZ, I live in OR..OR doesnt really help because the crime wasnt committed here, AZ has done very little more than make me feel even more confused, alone, lost, rejected, wrong for needing help/having questions & having absolutely no idea of what i can or should do. Every entity, every single time ive explained my personal preexisting & heightened mental/emotional health infirmities in the same breath as begging for direction, blatantly stating i dont know what im supposed to do or who i need to/can speak to for help with any or all of this & furthermore, have asked outright if it would be a wise decision or even possible for me to seek legal counsel/representation of my own... ive invariably been answered ...

"For WHAT?...Why do you think YOU need to be represented" or "Why, what do you need an attorney for?"... among other dismissives. Im completely distraught & at my wits end! ...& my dads not here to help me field these things..

4 Lawyer Answers
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Answered
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: There probably is, but it would be time consuming to find those few who do. That said, you do not need an Oregon attorney, you need an AZ one that does wrongful death. Just do a Google search for wrongful death attorney in the closest bigger city and then make some calls.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: I’m sorry for your loss. There could be attorneys admitted in both those jurisdictions (it can sometimes be difficult to find multi-jurisdictional attorneys where the states are non-contiguous or far apart). But the matter occurred in Arizona and based on the facts you describe, Arizona seems to be the state of jurisdiction. You could start by initiating searches for wrongful death attorneys in Arizona. Move without delay because you will want to learn the applicable timelines and statutes of limitation within which you will need to act.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered

A: As Mr. Stevens says you need an attorney in Lake Havasu. However the questions you received were because you were focused on the impact on you. Whether there is a case depends on whether they know who did it and whether that person has sufficient assets to warrant a contingent fee case (as opposed to you paying a lawyer by the hour).

As to what you are going through, suggest you get a therapist who focuses on grief counseling and look for survivors groups. Your problems are understandable--they are just not the focus of the law.

The short answer is the family of the murdered person has a claim. However if there isn't insurance to cover it or assets, then it's a claim that will cost more to bring than you will receive. Certain states have crime victims compensation acts but many apply only to the citizens of the state, but it's worth checking out.

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
Answered
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: There are several things going on here, so let's break it down:

1. Your emotional suffering. You certainly have been devastated by this unjust loss. No question about that. There is however nothing directly a civil suit can do to redress this. Indirectly however you could receive the proceeds of a wrongful death suit IF you have someone to sue (ie the person that killed your dad) and IF the person has money that can actually be collected as a result of a lawsuit. So absolutely seek out a personal injury lawyer in Arizona who can help you evaluate if you have a viable wrongful death suit.

2. A crime was committed. One would hope that the police have apprehended the culprit. Not every murder case is solved right away. You haven't really told us if there is a suspect yet who has been apprehended and prosecuted. Sometimes in the course of prosecuting a crime the victim's families will be involved and the court might even order restitution to be paid by the criminal to the family. Investigate whether there is no statute of limitations for murder in Arizona. Investigate what role you as a member of the victim's family can play in the prosecution of the perpetrator. Investigate if there is a victim's assistance fund which you can apply for. (Some states have funds for victims that can be used to pay for such things as counseling following a traumatic crime.) You could of course hire an Attorney to act as your spoke's person but that would unfortunately have to be paid by you.

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