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Diane L Gruber

Diane Gruber’s Legal Guides

21 total

  • Custody & Parenting Time Law in Oregon

    When a mother and a father do not live together and both want custody of the children, a judge decides who is awarded sole custody. What criteria does the judge utilize? Do judges use the same factors with paternity parents as they do with divorcing parents? Are mothers and fathe...

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  • Wills & Estate Planning in Oregon

    There is a great deal of misinformation and myth about Estate Planning, Wills and Probate circulating among Oregonians. This months topic will clear up some of the confusion surrounding Wills. What happens if I do not have a Will at my death? If you own any property in your name ...

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  • Probate in Oregon -- Part 1

    Some Oregonians view Probate with dread and they try to avoid it at all costs. They will spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, and many, many hours planning how to avoid it. In truth, there are few legal proceedings as cost-effective as the Probate process. What is probate...

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  • Probate in Oregon -- Part 2

    The Probate process is designed to provide an orderly transfer of the deceaseds assets to the persons chosen to receive them, while protecting the interests of certain close relatives and creditors. It is a simple process that the public has been taught to fear by those wanting t...

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  • Wills & Small Estate Probates in Oregon

    It is rare when the Oregon Legislature does anything positive for hard-working, law-abiding, modest-income citizens. Last year legislators took time out from their main activity of taking and wasting our money to raise the small probate estate limit from $160,000 to $200,000. The...

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  • Divorce in Oregon: Dividing Assets & Debts -- Part 1

    In a divorce proceeding the couples assets and debts will be divided between them. An asset or debt that is acquired during the marriage is deemed to be a marital asset or debt by the divorce court, even if the asset or debt is held in one spouses sole name, and will be dealt wit...

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  • Divorce in Oregon; Dividing Assets & Debts -- Part 2

    Last month we discussed the basics of dividing assets and debts in a simple divorce proceeding. This article deals with division of assets and debts when one or both parties have brought assets into the marriage. In 1977 the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that property division s...

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  • Spousal Support in Oregon

    Spousal Support (Alimony) There are three kinds of spousal support (AKA alimony) under Oregons Divorce statutes. Spousal support is unisex in that either spouse can be the recipient of spousal support from the other. However, due to the fact that most homemaking and child rearin...

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  • Intestate Probate in Oregon (passing away without a Will)

    Without a Will the wrong person may inherit all of your assets, and/or the right person may not inherit anything. This counsel was vividly reminded of this when a long-time client died suddenly last year. Pete was an active, single man, 53 years old, when he died unexpectedly a...

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  • Child Support in Oregon: Important 2001 OR Supreme Court Ruling

    In its April 26, 2001decision, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed an Oregon statute that places financial burdens onnon-married parents that is not forced upon married parents. The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from treating some citizens differ...

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