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  • Partition: Forcing the Sale of Real Property When Co-Owners Cannot Agree

    MAY 2020 By E. Tyler Howell Attorney & Associate So you purchased a home with your significant other (boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, etc.).  You thought that they were “the one,” and you reasoned that interest rates were “so low,” and real estate values are only going to continue to increase. You questioned yourself, “Why am I […]

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  • With An Eye To The Future: Continuing Considerations To Maximize Your Value Prior To Sale

    By Randall Duncan, Shareholder & Attorney & Arash Afshar, LL.M., Associate & Attorney During the current COVID-19 pandemic, selling your business may be the last thing on your mind for a variety of reasons: business or sales are trending downwards, the economy is unstable, buyers are less inclined to purchase, etc. There is also the […]

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  • CARES Act: Impact to Retirement Accounts

    APRIL 2020 By Arash Afshar, LL.M. Attorney & Associate By now you may have heard of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which is legislation enacted by Congress (with overwhelming support) to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries. While […]

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  • Estate Planning During COVID-19

    APRIL 2020 By Rob LeChevallier Attorney & Shareholder While it is always important to have your estate plan completed, many clients are especially anxious during this time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During this time, it is natural to want to focus on our wellbeing and that of our families. An important part of that […]

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  • The Rubber Band is broken on “Stretch IRA’s”

    JANUARY 2020 By Rob LeChevallier Attorney & Shareholder One of the tax advantages of an individual retirement account (IRA) is that the beneficiaries of an IRA could stretch out the tax bill over the life expectancy of the beneficiaries.  In the meantime, the IRA could continue to grow tax deferred as long as the Required […]

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  • Who Should be Your Trustee?

    By Rob LeChevallier Attorney & Shareholder For the last 25 years or so, I have been drafting trusts for my clients as part of their estate plan. One question that always surfaces is who is best suited to be the successor trustee of a client’s revocable living trust. The question comes up a lot so […]

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  • Should You Update Your Estate Plan?

      By Rob LeChevallier Attorney & Shareholder Clients often ask me when they should review and update their estate plan.  I recommend the estate plan should be reviewed every 5 years at minimum, but more often if there are significant life changes. Here is a checklist of events that may trigger an update to your […]

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  • The Smart Divorce

    by Jaye Wickham Taylor Disclaimer Thinking of filing for divorce? Here are some ideas to help you make the whole process faster, cheaper, and less stressful for all: Pointers for litigants with lawyers: Family law is much more complicated than ever before. Choose a lawyer who has skills to match your goals. Custody disputes? Complicated […]

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  • State Estate Taxes Matter!

    By Rob Le Chevallier Disclaimer Pay attention to State Estate taxes. Oregon has an estate tax of 10% to 16% for residents who have over $1.0 million in assets. The Washington estate tax is indexed for inflation and the 2016 exemption  starts at $2,079,000  but the rate jumps higher– 10 to 19%. Consider making gifts!  […]

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  • New Years Resolutions for Your Business

    With the start of each new year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve ourselves, whether that includes the resolve to eat healthier, lose weight, and/or exercise more. How about making some resolutions for your business for the New Year? Here are 10 possible that come to my mind: 1. Work on a […]

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