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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: Is a cash for keys buyout of my lease taxable income? If so is it regular income or capital gains income?

We lived in the same apartment in Los Angeles for ten years. The landlord let the building degrade over that time refusing to fix basic things like the roof leaking into the bedroom every winter from the start of the lease, not fixing broken security gates & doors, leaving the front gate of the... Read more »

Andrew M Steiger
Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 31, 2020

It’s hard to say without seeing the lease and buyout agreements. In some cases, taxpayers can argue that a payment like that is actually a reduction in the monthly lease payments based on not receiving the value that you initially bargained for. In other words, an adjustment to the purchase... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Oregon on
Q: Are CPS workers allowed to refuse to give a parent a UA if they ask for one?

My son was in the care of someone else while I was at home packing our belongings to flee from a bad situation that I did not want him around. While he was with the other individual he ingested narcotics and almost died. I met him and the person providing care for him at the hospital and the next... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Nov 3, 2019

This is too complicated to figure out based on your brief synopsis. You need to contact an Attorney who can both review your details of what happened and review the court records. A reunification plan is only when there is a juvenile court proceeding and in a juvenile court proceeding you would... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: We received a summons to file a motion and don't think we are a fault. How do we proceed on a limited income?

A 14-yr.-old was struck by a car on the corner by our property in 9/17. We learned of this in August 2019, when we received a letter from a lawyer saying we are partially liable because our hedge was overgrown, and our homeowners insurance should pay. The hedge was overgrown/very tall when we... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 17, 2019

Do what the attorney had said, turn this over to your homeowners insurance. They will then hire an attorney and defend you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Is it against the law to a record a conversation to prove one person is lying to another?

This is a roommate situation where 1 female roommate constantly manipulates everyone in the house and lies behind everyone's back. Is it illegal to record the manipulator so everyone else has a chance to hear the conversation? Conversation would never be used for court, would never be used to... Read more »

Shawn A Kollie
Shawn A Kollie answered on Sep 19, 2019

It is a crime to record a conversation without the other person's consent or knowledge. Do not record unless this person is advised that it is occuring.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: My employer has been breaking multiple employment laws , he removed his hard drive when he switched payroll co. Strange?

I didn't receive any online paystubs for my direct deposit the entire time my employer used this online payroll company . He switched companies and got a new computer , him and his friend that switched out computers , put up a bunch of security cameras all over the resteraunt. I find this... Read more »

Jeff Merrick
Jeff Merrick answered on Aug 22, 2019


This sounds very bad.

I might be willing to help, but first I need to know who is the employer and owner of the business. Also, where you worked and when this all happened.

Jeff Merrick


1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Environmental for Oregon on
Q: I am a land owner in mult co. Having some major logging done. Company is grossly unprofessional. I need legal advice!

I live in multnomah county in Corbett. The logging outfit has all but quit, with a huge mess, not fixing the driveway or regraveled, and still many trees left to cut down and haul to the lumbermill! I have 12.75 acres and this is a huge undertaking! I have bills to pay and trees to replant. With... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jul 25, 2019

You will have to consult an Attorney because I would expect you signed some type of contract or paperwork and part of the answer to your question is figuring out what your rights or liabilities are under the contract. Sometimes you need to take formal steps like have an Attorney write a letter to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Probate for Oregon on
Q: If a deceased’s “estate” doesn’t require probate, how might a creditor file a claim against the “estate”?

The claim is approximately $50,000.

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 11, 2019

A creditor has standing to file a probate or file a small estates affidavit. However you should definitely discuss this with a probate Attorney as there may be nothing in the probate estate to make filing such a proceeding cost effective. Certain property previously owned by the decedent can... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Can I sue my ex for my bill to college if she caused my homelessness by breaking up with me during my unemployment?

We were both living with her friends from work and we got in a fight one day going to work/school and during her day at work she broke up with me and I was immediately rendered homeless. This caused me to have to move to another state and be unable to go to the college. It was past the time limits... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 29, 2019


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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Oregon on
Q: I need help in regards to filing a lien on a construction project or write up a demand of payment letter

I was hired by a contractor to install siding and painting.The project is coming to a close and im still owed 54 thousand dollars plus 51 thousand dollars of change orders.I still have to pay out 95 thousand dollars to my subcontractors.I am told by other people that the general contractor said... Read more »

Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Jan 29, 2019

Sounds like you will need to sue them. I doubt a letter alone is going to dislodge $100k from someone. You need a real threat. Give me a ring and I can look at it with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Immigration Law and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: officer performed a sternum rub on me at a hospital while I was sleeping ,can I do something about it?(a lot more to it)

he kept going even after I got up from my bed as he kept saying " come on man up" mind I was in ICU, also there was a nurse/dr watching while he did this, this officer left this out of the police report but put everything else in it. theres more that I can discuss if there is something,... Read more »

Kelli Y. Allen
Kelli Y. Allen answered on Jan 22, 2019

I'm sorry to hear of your experience, but this is not an immigration issue. I suggest speaking with a civil attorney and also contacting the police department to request that the report be modified to include all relevant information.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: The OSB agrees that I was a victim of the unauthorized practice of law, can I sue the landlord of the guilty party?

The OSB agrees that I was a victim of the unauthorized practice of law and is going after the guilty party for injunction relief and costs, the person had advertised themselves as a paralegal but did work and gave advice beyond what they were allowed, can I sue the landlord of the place where... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jan 21, 2019

Only if the landlord was somehow involved. But, if I am reading you right, the person just lived there, and in that case, no. You also cannot sue the state because he made money and paid taxes.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Collections and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Does the use of a unenforceable contract in small claims court rob the court of Subject Mater Jurisdiction?

Plaintiff took me to small claims court, using a lease agreement that violated public policy and included terms that would require illegality to perform, as the basis of claim. Would the plaintiff have standing? If not, could the default judgement be attacked due to the fact that it is void?

Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Dec 22, 2018

If you defaulted on the claim then your options are very limited. You will need to try and set aside the judgment but this is done somewhat rarely. You will not be able to do it without an attorney, and then you are facing a situation where it would very likely cost more to set aside the judgment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Can a felon own black powder guns in oregon
Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Dec 6, 2018

A black powder gun counts as a firearm. "Firearm means a weapon, by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of powder and which is readily capable of use as a weapon. "

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: Circuit Court Contract and Torte

I recieved a summons from a debt collection lawyer for OR21.160(1)(a) Mandatory arbitration l. breach of contract 2. Account Stated 3. Quantum Merit

Can I file a motion to dismiss with prejudice including all of the questions answered? Summons said I need to file a "motion" or... Read more »

Daniel DiCicco
Daniel DiCicco answered on Dec 4, 2018

It is unlikely that a motion to dismiss would be successful at this early stage unless you have incredible facts on your side. The proper thing to do is file an "answer" and start working through the court system. Failure to file an answer (or a motion to dismiss) can cause you to lose... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Can I deny court mandated visitations if I feel there's a threat of harm?

My 8 yr old daughter's father was in prison for 6 years for assault with a deadly weapon & strangulation of his pregnant (now ex) wife. He had not been in contact with my child for almost 7 years. He got out this year & came to Oregon to see her for a week. He convinced me & our... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Nov 28, 2018

You can be held in contempt if you fail to abide by the parenting time established in your judgment. I think your best course of action if you believe your child is in danger is to file an immediate danger motion which could temporarily suspend parenting time until you are able to serve the other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Oregon on
Q: Need to take an insurance to small claims, they have agents in the county does this count as having a physical presence

An at fault party's insurance company has neglected to reimburse for car rentals, which they agreed to pay for, or provide any closure. Even with police report (which I had to provide at my own expense) and video evidence it took almost 2 months to accept liability. One month after having my... Read more »

Jeff Merrick
Jeff Merrick answered on Nov 15, 2018

If your question is whether your county has jurisdiction over the insurer, odds are it does.

If you can't find the insurer's proper address with the Secretary of State's business registry, try the State Insurance Division.

It might be worth buying an hour of a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Oregon on
Q: I loaned an ex boyfriend 18k during the time we were together. He now has a good job, can I have his wages garnished
M. Nicole Clooten
M. Nicole Clooten answered on Nov 13, 2018

Unless you had some sort of contract, preferably in writing, you would have a difficult time getting a judgment against, which is required in order to get a writ of garnishment. I would contact an attorney that specializes in contract law if you think that the intent of both of was to pay you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can we recover down pyt from rent to own if we have written agreement for some of the time weve been doing this

We have all cancelled checks showing part of money is rent ,additional is toward down pyt.. we never had any document notarized and we were not happy with part of agreement byt felt pressure because we had already been paying -w/o written agreement and we had no where else to move

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 15, 2018

It largely depends upon what the written agreement says and, in the end, what the seller/landlord admits or disputes. The only way to know much is to take everything you have in documentation to an attorney for evaluation and review. Sadly, your feeling pressured and/or having no where else to go... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Oregon on
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... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 12, 2018

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Ex girlfriend is on my title of a 2012 Dodge Avenger. Ex left over a year ago of her own volition, Wont sign or release

Car was bought using my Veteran Service connected disability settlement. Ex Was A Girlfriend Not A Wife

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 20, 2018

Unmarried couples can still have a financial relationship that needs to be untangled with the help of the court. Unlike a marriage you are not at risk for being ordered to pay spousal support. You might need to contact a family law lawyer for assistance. You can file what is called a dissolution... Read more »

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