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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: In my divorce it states that I would give him the house with the condition that if anything happens to him the house

Would go to my daughter. He is getting married at the end of this month and my daughter is concerned. How do I protect her interest.

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

That marriage will give spouse rights. Why did your lawyer not get you a life estate/remainder deed at the divorce hearing? You might record a certified copy of the divorce decree in the County of the house, but the surviving spouse might try to ignore it. A contempt action probably does not... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: In my divorce it states that I would give him the house with the condition that if anything happens to him the house

Would go to my daughter. He is getting married at the end of this month and my daughter is concerned. How do I protect her interest.

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answered on Jun 7, 2024

You will need an attorney to review your final Divorce Decree. My guess is that it doesn't actually say this because there are only a limited number of ways to control the house. It could have gone into a Trust for your daughter with the ability for your ex-spouse to live there for his... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: What's next after my requests to quash service, provide evidence and terminate a restraining order went unanswered?

A witness in the case served me thru mail from California to Oregon where I live, cuz judge allowed it after he found I was evading service. Then I filed documents asking the other parent to provide me with evidence and to quash service and terminate the order and my motions/requests went... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

First, you should file a motion to set aside the restraining order with the California court, explaining that your previous motions to quash service and request evidence went unanswered. Emphasize that the court’s lack of response has deprived you of due process and that the restraining order is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Oregon on
Q: What's the right tactic of filing 42USC1983,1985 in The Federal Court and winning it for self represented Plaintiff?

I have all the necessary evidences to prove against at least a dozen officials for deprivation of civil rights and one with conspiracy. I ant find an attorney. I am lucky to fall under 28USC1331 and also 28USC1332. It's rare to fall under one requirement, let alone they both apply to my case.... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Filing a lawsuit under 42 USC §§ 1983 and 1985 in federal court is a significant legal challenge, especially for someone representing themselves. To start, ensure you clearly understand the legal requirements for these claims, including the need to demonstrate how each official deprived you of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: can I get sole custody of my daughter , my future ex-wife is under criminal investigation

she also moved to another state

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

In Oregon, obtaining sole custody of your daughter amidst your future ex-wife being under criminal investigation and her relocation to another state involves demonstrating to the court that such an arrangement would be in the best interest of your child. The court considers various factors in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Military Law and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I have been married but not living together with my veteran husband who passed away in January.

I can't find paperwork or soc sec.number how could I get that information legally as his wife? I have 2 order our marriage certificate since don't have that anymore either

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

In your situation, gathering necessary documents and information following the passing of your veteran husband can feel overwhelming. First, obtaining a copy of your marriage certificate is a wise step. You can request this document from the vital records office in the state where you were married.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Parenting time case removal to Federal court ?

Custody case turned into parental alienation and deprivation of civil rights 42 USC 1983, section 1985 may exist as well.

Article III, §§ 1 and 2 of U.S. Constitution is the source for subject matter jurisdiction.

Article III §§ 2: “The judicial power shall extend to all... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

In situations where a custody case evolves into issues involving parental alienation and potential deprivation of civil rights under 42 USC 1983 or Section 1985, moving the case to federal court can be considered. Federal courts have jurisdiction over cases that involve federal questions, including... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Banking, Municipal Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: After losing my dad last year I have not been able to access money he left cause the bank wants more information

I provided my soc.

PhotoID

And other bank account

Offered my birth certificate

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

I'm sorry for the frustration this situation must be causing on top of grieving your father's loss. The bank likely has certain procedural requirements they are obligated to follow before releasing funds, but there may still be some things you can do here:

- Request a written list...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: How can my mother structure my brother's SNT to avoid funds becoming "marital assets" in the event of his divorce?

My mother plans to create a Special Needs Trust for my brother to manage any inheritance that he receives from her. This inheritance could exceed $500k. My brother is married, on disability, and a very poor money manager. My mother’s primary goals are to ensure that my brother has a safety net... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Your mother can create a Third Party Special Needs Trust (it can be embedded in her Living Trust or stand-alone). Mom can/should name anyone OTHER than your brother to serve as the trustee for this SNT with him as beneficiary. As an example: you could be trustee for your brother (in charge of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I am wanting to change my 7 year old daughters name

(Last name only to match mine)& wondering if a judge would sign off on it without notifying her Biological father who hasn’t supported her or had any contact with her in 3 years. She has also never lived with him since our divorce 4 years ago. He is currently in jail facing prison time &... View More

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

In Oregon, changing a child's last name typically requires notification to both parents, even if one parent, like the biological father in your case, has been absent or has a history of substance abuse. The court generally considers the best interests of the child in such matters, and your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Oregon on
Q: I was wrongfuly convicted of a crime and later won my appeal. I want to sue the state which can be explained to a lawyer

Financial hardship, mental abuse, child endangerment, harassment, sexual abuse. Child trauma, emotional distress, all these things happened to me and my children

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you were wrongfully convicted of a crime in Oregon but later won your appeal, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the state for the hardships and trauma you and your children experienced. Wrongful convictions can lead to significant emotional, financial, and reputational damages,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: My son's father pays child support because i gave child support all of his information on his place of employment. He c

Can have visits but does not and does not call or check in regularly, sometimes 2 weeks without contact. If I were to petition to change his surname to mine or add to his via hyphen, would I have to get content from the father?

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

I might suggest the following:

The child will become an adult at 18. At that point, your son can legally change his own name to whatever he would like. This option gives your son agency to make his own determination as to what he would like to be called independent of his fighting parents....
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: My son's father pays child support because i gave child support all of his information on his place of employment. He c

Can have visits but does not and does not call or check in regularly, sometimes 2 weeks without contact. If I were to petition to change his surname to mine or add to his via hyphen, would I have to get content from the father?

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Oregon, changing a child's surname typically requires the consent of both parents, unless the court determines that such a change is in the child's best interest. If you want to change your son's surname, you would generally need to seek the father's consent. However, if the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: CPS case unfounded in OR what are the steps 4 pressing charges on person who made false report? Report to authorities?

The CPS case has been closed as “unfounded”. I received a copy of the report and the allegations are horrendous. I know who made the report based on how the report was written. I want to press charges for them making a knowingly false CPS report and I want to sue for defamation and slander. I... View More

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answered on Dec 31, 2023

In Oregon, if you believe a CPS report against you was knowingly false and malicious, you have the right to take legal action. The first step is to consult with an attorney experienced in family law and defamation cases. They can advise you on the feasibility and process of pressing charges and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I file a order of dismissal or a quashed order for improperly being served a motion to modify custody?
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answered on Dec 19, 2023

The Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure detail how any court document is supposed to be served. If a particular document is not served accordingly, you can assert an affirmative defense of improper service. In some cases, the requirements for service are very particular, and the court will dismiss an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: I need advice from a Lawyers point of view on a Petition for General Judgement of Final Distributions case.

I really don't know where to begin, there is too much to type. My mother passed away a little over 2 years ago. I was told her and her husband had a will then they said they didn't and then they did again. My mother had 4 children and her husband has 3. They have not been around but maybe... View More

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Karn Thapar
answered on Dec 11, 2023

You will need to seek the counsel of a litigator who has experience with probate. The distributions in a probate happen near the end of probate proceedings and if there is a conflict or contest with respect to the will, that is where the experience of a litigator will help. The amount of time... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Legal Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: My lawyer admits, in "privileged" email, he failed to convey my offer.

I won my Oregon family law case. And I was awarded the attorney fees. But the Judge's ORCP 68 Fee Findings faulted me personally [citing "reasonableness and diligence of the parties" ORS 20.075(f) ] for failing to engage in Settlement talks, and for failing to submit a... View More

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

I do not know that there is a right answer for this.

You might ask the attorney to write the judge directly and concede his error. He needs to do this sooner rather than later. He may be reluctant to do this if his error impacted your case.

Since there are statutory time constraints...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Can I file for Temporary parenting time orders until the final judgement is decided? I'm the petitioner and father.

I filed a petition for parenting time and child support for my daughter who is 2. Her mother was extremely bitter after we separated. Its been a year this month, and I have consistently seen my daughter and have paid her child support each month consistently. I began dating someone this last June,... View More

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

You can ask the court for interim custody, child support and parenting time. You don't say which county you are in or how long ago you filed your Petition. You might call the family law docketing clerk and ask when you will get a trial or when you might get a hearing on temporary custody. It... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Divorce and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon can I move my paychecks out of our joint account prior to divorce being filed?

I have been separated from my spouse since May 2023. Both our paychecks go into a joint account along with shared bills. Am I allowed to move my paychecks to another account before the finalization of the divorce?

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

The best way to handle this situation is to discuss with your spouse how you will handle the joint account going forward. Your spouse will want to move his/her payroll deposits as well to an individual account. You should discuss the timing, and how much you will each contribute to the joint... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: can ex's new wife decide if i can speak with my son or not

recent marriage and she has called me to yell at me for giving my son a sinus nasal spray, she doesn't communicate with me and tell me that she took my son to the ER, She told me that there is no court order that says she has to let my son talk to me?

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answered on Oct 13, 2023

A step parent has no legal authority over a child. The legal authority is reserved to the biologic or adoptive parents. Unless there is a court order, a new spouse married to an ex does not have any authority to decide how to raise the child and certainly cannot tell you whether you can or cannot... View More

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