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DOMA Overturned. Should You Get Married Now?

The big news of last week was the Supreme Court’s deci­sion in United States v. Windsor which essen­tially over­turned DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).  Same sex cou­ples through­out the nation have been cel­e­brat­ing the news.  But what does it

Posted in Divorce & Child Custody, Estate Planning, In the News, Inheritance, LGBT Legal Rights, Probate, Same Sex Relationships, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Probate Mediation, Estate Planning and Elder Issues

Mediation may be par­tic­u­larly attrac­tive for Probate, Estate Planning and Elder issues.  Factors that are usu­ally present in these mat­ters that can be addressed more ade­quately in medi­a­tion are: Parties have a need to main­tain an ongo­ing famil­ial rela­tion­ship Parties want to

Posted in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Conflict, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Inheritance, Probate Tagged with: ,

Same Sex Couples, Inheritance and the Need to Dissolve a Domestic Partnership

Did You Know? If you entered into a reg­is­tered same sex Domestic Partnership in Oregon you have the same rights of inher­i­tance to obtain your partner’s estate as a mar­ried per­son does. Oregon’s Domestic Partnership law gives reg­is­tered DP’s the same rights as

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