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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: My bother passed away in Boston Mass. I talked with the funeral home and they said his wife makes the choices on the

She is mentally unstable can another family member change her decision

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on May 25, 2022

I'm very sorry for your loss. Your question didn't completely come through but I'm guessing you're asking on controlling the disposition of your brother's body. Since he died in Massachusetts you should consult an attorney in that state. If his wife is unable to give... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: In OR state what does a father need to prove/document to receive full custody in a split from child's mother (unmarrie

Ex-girlfriend (mother of 2 kids) has repeatedly kicked out father and tried to ruin his reputation. She has called police and attempting to falsely get him arrested (police have not sided with her). Additionally she has kicked him out several times and is emotionally abusive to him, using the... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on May 5, 2022

Oregon custody laws encourage parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children so long as it is in the best interests of the children. There is a distinct difference between a custody determination and parenting time. Custody decisions are about who will have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: What happens if there’s a conflict when it comes to inventory or FMV of house in Oregon

My daughters dad died due to a MVA he had no will. At the time of death he was legally not listed father on BC. However after an attorney was hired by me we have established paternity. The agreement is his sister (who did not include our daughter as a possible heir but knew it) Shes also is PR.... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Apr 18, 2022

I recommend you hire a probate attorney to assist you. Your daughter has a lot riding on this and it's not possible to answer all of your questions through a website. In Oregon a Personal Representative has a duty to sell estate assets for fair market value. If the PR plans to purchase the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Immigration Law for Oregon on
Q: Hi, I am looking for an Immigration attorney with expertise in Marijuana related offense, need to file a waiver.

Hi, I am looking for an Immigration attorney with expertise in Marijuana related offense, need to file a waiver. I-485 based petition.

George K Gomez
George K Gomez
answered on Mar 1, 2022

You should immediately speak to an immigration lawyer and discuss the details surrounding the marijuana related offense as said details will determine whether you are even eligible for a waiver. Not only can a conviction for certain marijuana offenses render you inadmissible and therefore... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My elderly grandparents have been convinced by family friends to give them their estate. What can I do?

My Grandparents are kind people and have housed a family friend for the past several years. She has convinced them that when they die she should get their house and the estate for nothing. She has evidently written up a contract that no one else in the family is allowed to see. The impression we... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jan 31, 2022

If you believe that your grandparents are being taken advantage of I recommend you contact Adult Protective Services in the county in which they live.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: If a person gives you power of attorney to take possession of belongings can they take back the belongings later?

I was given power of attorney y my ex-boyfriend. I took possession of 3 storage units and paid $1400 to save them from being auctioned. Now he wants to revoke the power of attorney and keep me from accessing the units. Is this legal?

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Dec 2, 2021

Yes, a power of attorney can be revoked by the principal at any time. Do take care not to do anything after revocation that could expose you to liability for theft or conversion.

You do have a claim for reimbursement of expenses. Take a look at possibly pursuing that in small claims court...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Oregon can unmarried mother take kids out of state with no custody order
Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on Oct 28, 2021

Oregon and most other states follow the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. This law generally requires that custody disputes be resolved in the home state of the child. The home state of the child means the state in which the child resided for at least the six months immediately... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: my ex got a restraining order against me and put on there I can have visitation with my son, I haven't got to see him

I have not got to see my son in 4 months

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on Oct 24, 2021

A restraining order is a court order, and as is true with all court orders, it must be complied with by both parties.

The restraining order is effective for one year and can be renewed annually.

You may request a hearing within 30 days after you were served with the order. If...
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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.

Vincent J. Bernabei
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.”

You...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Oregon on
Q: Is it possible to have a court proceeding pertaining to me and me not know?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 6, 2021

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter nationwide, it is possible, but less likely if the matter involved something requiring personal service (as opposed to service by mail, leaving with a person of suitable age, etc., or other... 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

Vincent J. Bernabei
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 Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for Oregon on
Q: HELLO , I AM THE MIDDLE SON OF 3 SONS OF A 96 YEAR OLD WASHINGTON COUNTY , OREGON WOMAN .MY MOTHER IS CURRENTLY IN

....HOSPITAL AWAITING PLACEMENT IN AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY . MEDICAID PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED . AM I, AS A SON LEGALLY REQUIRED TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MY MOTHER'S EXTENDED CARE ?

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Aug 9, 2021

If your mother qualifies for Medicaid then this program will be paying for your mother's care facility and prescriptions. In general, the family of a person are not legally responsible to pay that person's bills unless the family member signed a contract with the facility, for example.... 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 »

Vincent J. Bernabei
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: Respondent to RO is trying to bribe me with money to drop RO/not cooperate with DA, is this a violation of the RO?

My ex, a licensed PI, hit me multiple times with my 3 children present in a hotel room in Idaho last month, he ran so no arrest. The DA is pressing charges. I got an RO here in Oregon, he was finally served after he called 911 because he was withdrawing from fentanyl.

I didn't check... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on May 24, 2021

You are likely describing witness tampering - a serious crime. If you go along with it, you may committing a crime as well. Save the texts and show them to the District Attorney immediately.

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.

Vincent J. Bernabei
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 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 »

Vincent J. Bernabei
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.
Vincent J. Bernabei
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: can a lawyer from one county represent a client from where the papers were filed in another county in Oregon?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 30, 2020

An Oregon attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for three weeks. As a GENERAL matter NATIONWIDE, attorneys who are licensed to practice in a state can usually practice throughout the courts of the entire state without county-specific restrictions (other than limitations that may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: If parenting plan to move out of state is agreed upon, only if child support is cut. Is that extortion?

My wife and I are trying to move from Oregon to Arizona. We met with her ex (non custodial) parent and he agreed upon a parenting plan but he will only sign if child support is cut in half.

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on Nov 20, 2020

No. Extortion is a crime that usually involves a threat of physical harm. You have a dispute about child support.

Oregon’s Uniform Child Support Guidelines contain a formula that takes into account the parties’ gross income, the parties’ parenting plan (the overnights), childcare...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: How long is the process to petition the court to move out of state if I have joint custody?

I have physical custody and he has her every other weekend and a couple weeks in the summer. He told me he will not allow me to move. Financially this is best for me and educationally right now is best for her.

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on Nov 3, 2020

Subject to the court's availability during COVID 19, a hearing in most relocation cases can usually be heard within 3-5 months of when Father files his objection to the move. Often, the objection is accompanied by a motion to change custody and/or parenting time. The process usually begins... Read more »

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