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Joanne Reisman

Portland Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. I was hit by a drunk driver. Here's the catch!! The person driving the vehicle was not the owner or the insured party.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. John E Uffelman
    4. Steven Mark Sweat
    5. Monty K Vandermay
    5 lawyer answers

    Get an attorney. You do have options. You have PIP under your own insurance to immediately cover your medical bills. You have UM/UIM under your own insurance which kicks in if you are in an accident with an uninsured driver, but does not cover property damage. You have to use your own full coverage for your property damage at least for immediate help - you might be able to recover from the other driver or car owner - but that will take some sorting out. (If you don't have full coverage...

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  2. Police lieutenant at the scene of a car crash who was the defense's off duty son-in-law, now I am being harassed by police dept.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    3. Wm Keith Dozier Jr
    4. Tanya Marie Bachand
    5. David Ian Schoen
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Why don't you have an attorney helping you? All we can do on Avvo is give some very general directions- you are in the middle of litigation and the only way for you to get legal help at this juncture is to have an attorney help you directly. Not sure why you didn't do this early on. It's not that we don't want to help you - but this is just too complex for this forum. http://www.portlandlegalservices.com

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  3. Is a big scar on my sheen due to car injury considered permanent injury?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Steven Mark Sweat
    3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    Sounds like you have an attorney who made a demand for $10,000.00 under an Oregon statute called 20.080. The maximum you can ask for is $10,000 so that's why you hit that ceiling. (if you don't have an attorney - it may be that the insurance company is anticipating this type of demand to they just offered the maximum that the statute would make them pay to avoid an attorney fee penalty.) Sometimes it is better to settle for this amount not because it's the right amount, but because the...

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  4. Can they tow my car?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2 lawyer answers

    As long as it was a valid sale it's not your problem if they screwed up. Just make sure the tires on your car match the tires on the receipt. But if you got the tires that are on the receipt you should be good. Check the paperwork and make sure the the receipt lists the model number number of the tire and that the number matches the numbers on the tires installed on your car. If the numbers are different then maybe an honest mistake was made. No one has the right to tow your car to...

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  5. Would I be able to sue a drunk driver that crashed into the wall at my work and hit me threw the other side?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. John E. Schlosser
    2. Joanne Reisman
    3. David Ian Schoen
    4. Brian Robert Dettman
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    You have a right to sue anyone that causes you injury through negligent or reckless driving. Having the right to sue however doesn't mean that the lawsuit is economically viable. A drunk driver may be driving a stolen car and not have insurance. These are facts that your attorney will need to help you sort out. If there isn't car insurance that will pay your damages it may not be possible to recover money and justify the cost of the lawsuit. Another thing to consider is that this will...

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  6. Is it ok for the listing agent to add a 2nd Seller to the real estate contract a week before closing?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Vincent J. Gallo
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    4. John P Corrigan
    4 lawyer answers

    I wouldn't want to answer this question without reviewing all the relevant documents including any trust that may be involved. See an attorney if you want to be sure that this is the correct thing to do. It may well be OK but it is impossible to say that without reviewing the transaction and talking to the people that are involved. It may also be that the daughter doesn't has to be listed as a seller, but just has to create some type of document consenting to the sale which gets recorded....

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  7. What should i do? Auto accident

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Paul Michael Veillon
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    3 lawyer answers

    I have handled these types of cases for other people in your situation. This bill is just the tip of the iceberg. The insurance company usually settles the property damage with their insured right away. But the person driving that car may still be undergoing medical treatment. They have up to a year to use the PIP benefits from their policy to get medical treatment. It can go up to $15,000.00. If you start paying the property damage, you can get hit later with the medical bills...

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  8. I'm 16 and have a wonderful relationship with my 21 yr-old boyfriend. How do I keep him out of jail?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Jeffrey S Merrick
    3. J Christopher Minor
    3 lawyer answers

    A great man doesn't expose a women to aids or have sex with a minor. If he really loved you he would have waited until you turned 18 and then gone with you to a doctor to discuss safe ways to have a baby with someone infected with AIDs. A person with AID's is facing many challenges. If he is currently controlling the disease with medication maybe he is able to work, but until there is a successful cure or the disease is in remission, he will have difficulty taking care of himself much...

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  9. Allstate ins. offered total $5750 settlement for wife a I car accident, plus medical and car repair. Does that seem reasonable?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Troy Austin Pickard
    2. Joanne Reisman
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. Sean Michael Patrick
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    Get an attorney. Impossible to help you with this on Avvo. You have two cases here - you and your wife's. They are separate claims. These days you can only count on really low offers prior to filing even with an attorney. But there is a special type of demand that attorneys in Oregon can make on your behalf using a statute that will penalize the insurance company for lowball offers and maybe get extra attorney fees. Not sure if both of your cases can fit into this type of demand statute...

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  10. If i hire car accident attorney the settlement check will be issued to my attorney's company?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Todd A Taylor
    2. Joanne Reisman
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Martin Paul Weniz
    5. David B Pittman
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Once you hire an attorney the insurance company can only deal with your attorney. They cannot contact you directly. The insurance company and the attorney can decide how the check is issued. Normally it is sent to the attorney's office and may have both your names on it or it could have your name only on it. Either way it all works out in the end. It's not something I would worry about. Attorneys are licensed and insured against malpractice in Oregon. They have to maintain a separate...

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