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- Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
- - Current
- Kennedy King & Zimmer
- Boettcher, LaLonde
- Lewis & Clark Law School
- University of Nevada-Reno
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- Washington State Bar # 14649
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- Oregon State Bar
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92 Questions Answered
- Q. My child's father didn't want to be named on her birth certificate when she was born. I want to establish paternity.
- A: In Oregon, legal custody refers to the parents' decision making authority, not to the time spent with each parent. A parent with sole legal custody would solely make all major decisions regarding a child's health, education and welfare. Parents with joint legal custody would make those decisions together. Your concerns appears to be about when the child will reside with her father. The court will probably try to maintain the parenting plan (schedule) that the two of you have developed over the past year, if one can be identified. Changes to a child's residential schedule are typically viewed as detrimental because they adversely affect the child's stability. Changes to the schedule may be made when the benefits of the change outweigh the detriments of the change. You should consult with an attorney, who will need more information about the specifics of your case before giving advice you can rely upon.
- Q. Hi, My son had an accident at school during recess time and broke his left arm. On further investigation, it was found
- A: You should notify the school in writing that your son has been harassed by other students. If you have previously provided notice, and nothing was done to protect your son, you may have a claim for negligence against the school. The school should notify the parents of the students who caused the injury, and take disciplinary action against the students. The parents of the students who caused the injury could be liable for up to $5,000 for injuries that their child maliciously or willfully caused. This is a situation where the squeaky wheel gets the grease. You should keep complaining in writing to the school until action is taken to your satisfaction so that you son is safe.
- Q. I got into a car accident. My tags are expired and I have no insurance but it was the other drivers fault.
- A: If you had no insurance at the time of the accident, then you are not entitled to recover non-economic damages for pain and suffering. There may be an exception if you recently had insurance but it lapsed. You are still able to recover your economic damages, such as lost wages and out of pocket medical expenses and future medical expenses, if any.
- Q. I raised my grandson since he was born. My daughter took him back at the beginning of the the school year. And because
- A: If within the past 180 days, the child resided with you and you provided his daily care, nurturing and support, you are eligible to file a claim for custody of the child. If it has been more than 180 days since the child resided with you, then you can still file a claim for visitation rights. These are usually complex cases, and you will have to prove that current circumstances are detrimental to the child and that his parents are not acting in his best interests. In a contested case that results in a trial, litigation expenses could be expected to reach or exceed approximately $10,000.
- Q. my boyfriend is coming down and wants me to sign adoption papers for his daughter the mother gave up her parental rights
- A: This is a bad idea, and I would advise against it for many reasons. Mother can't just give up her parental rights, unless they were terminated by a court order. You will need a judgment/decree of adoption, which will make you the legal parent of the child. You should consult with an attorney before proceeding further on this.
- Q. My sister and I jointly own the house in which we both live. Can doctors and hospitals put liens on the house for bills?
- A: If health care providers file suit and obtain a judgment against your sister, the judgment becomes a lien on any real property owned by your sister in the county where the judgment was entered. Generally, claims of creditors will attach only to the debtor's interest in the property, not to the co-owner's interest in the property. If you and your sister own the home with rights of survivorship, and she survives you, then the entire equity, minus a statutory homestead exemption, may be subject to creditors' claims. If you survive her, then the creditors' claims to the real property are extinguished. If you do not own the property with rights of survivorship, then the claims of your sister's creditors will still attach to her undivided one-half interest in the property. There are legitimate ways to preserve assets in the face of possible future claims, so you should consult with an attorney.
- Q. If I'm the only child and my last living parent just died do I have to go threw probate?
- A: Your parent's estate may be subject to probate if your parent owned assets in his/her own name at the time of his/her death, and there is no joint owner nor any named beneficiary on your parent's account. Examples include a home in your parent's name alone, or a bank account in your parent's name alone, with no payable on death beneficiary named. Depending on the value of your parent's assets, there are some alternatives to probate. For example, you may be able to transfer ownership of the assets through a small estate affidavit rather than a formal probate proceeding. That is a much quicker and cheaper process than probating the estate.
- Q. My mother recorded a B&S deed, adding me to title, as "tenants by entirety". Will this be legal?
- A: It is legal but not very wise. If your mother dies before you, you will receive the home and you may have to pay capital gains taxes on the full sale price if you sell the home after your mother's death. There are other serious pitfalls of naming a child as co-owner of the property. I recommend that your mother contact an attorney to discuss establishing a revocable living trust.
- Q. My mother put her children's names on the deed to her house 20 years ago, thinking it would make passing it on to
- A: You should contact an attorney with experience in estate planning. Your mother may be eligible for Medicaid if she hasn't owned the home for 20 years. Capital gains taxes can be reduced if the home is one's primary residence. Before transferring the home back into your mother's name, you should consult with an attorney to determine your options.
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