Joanne Reisman’s Answers

Joanne Reisman

Portland Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. I slipped and fell on a wet bathroom floor while staying at Motel 6

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Joanne Reisman
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    5. Donald Arthur Woodbine
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    This is not your golden goose unless you are seriously injured. if you have a serous injury I would expect you to be heading to the emergency room in an ambulance. Take pictures, see a doctor, see an attorney only if this gets worse rather than better. A lot of people slip and fall and are fine in a few days. Some aren't. Some have broken bones or worse, a concussion. A slip in fall case is not a popular case for an attorney to take unless the injury is pretty serious so the work to do...

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  2. Do i have to accept insurance settlement?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Douglas Adam Green
    3. Andrew Ronald Gillin
    4. Slavik Steve Leydiker
    4 lawyer answers

    This is the latest tactic of the insurance companies - very aggressively offering money early on after an accident and making you feel pressured to settle. I explained this very thoroughly in a response to another person. You can read that response here: http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/when-or-should-i-hire-a-lawyer-in-an-automobile-ac-616874.html#answer_987193 You have up to 2 years from the date of the accident to try to settle the case or file a lawsuit. The state of limitations is...

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  3. Should we update our Wills and Powers of Attorney?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. James Oberholtzer
    3. Sherrille Diane Akin
    3 lawyer answers

    First of all - never write on your original will! Any writing on it, taking it apart and putting it back together, etc can be misinterpreted as someone tampering with your will or as you attempting to invalidate the will by destroying it. If the will is OK then you should not do anything with it. That having been said, it is always a good idea to see an attorney to review your estate plan even if the will doesn't need to be updated. This is because tax laws change, property values...

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  4. Can a sue a website for causing me to contract Lyme disease and living with the after effects such as joint pain and tiredness?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    3. James D. Wade
    4. Christine C McCall
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    6 lawyer answers

    Wow that is a pretty unusual problem. Are you serious? First of all how can you prove that the ticks on the cockroaches were the cause? Do you still have living ticks that can be tested? How long ago did this happen? If it was a long time ago you might have waited too long. I thought there was a pretty good treatment for Lyme disease - can't you get treated? Also I don't know about suing the website- it sound like the company that harvested and shipped the cockroaches were primarily...

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  5. My father died in 2009 and my mother died in 2012. They had nothing of value and their home was on a reverse mortgage.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3. Theressa Hollis
    4. Jonathan H Johnson
    4 lawyer answers

    You need to read the pleading very carefully. It should explain why your name appears. Often times to process a default the law requires that all people and credtors that have an interest in the property be named on the legal documents to give them a chance to respond if they are against the default. As an heir to the estate you had a legal right to try to take the house and sell it and pay off the reverse mortgage. So naming you may be nothing more then a required procedural notice. But...

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  6. Can Bankruptcy cover a bill from an insurance company after a wreck occurred with no insurance?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
    5 lawyer answers

    Normally a bankruptcy wipes out all debts including those from an uninsured accident. There is an exception if the accident was caused by drunk driving. He should discuss this with his bankruptcy attorney. http://www.portlandlegalservices.com

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  7. It's been nearly 5 months since my accident and the other driver is at fault would it be too late for me to hire an attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Jared Justice
    3. Joyce J. Sweinberg
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Kevin Coluccio
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    7 lawyer answers

    No - it's almost never too late to speak to an attorney. It's always better to see an attorney right away so the attorney can prevent you from giving statements to the pesty insurance agents that will call you - but even if you did that it's not to late. You have up to 2 years to figure out what to do with an injury claim if the accident happened in Oregon. Again, the sooner the better in terms of getting legal representation for may reason. You might find it helpful to read this article I...

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  8. If a promissory note is signed and is not being obliged what do I do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Scott J. Corwin
    3 lawyer answers

    It's impossible to answer this here on Avvo. You would need to show the documents to an attorney and tell them the facts. The problem with any "agreement" including a settlement agreement is that all the right factors have to line up for it to be binding. This includes that the terms are clear and both parties understand what they are agreeing to. Also the there has to be consideration for an agreement to be binding - ie both parties give up something. You are only entitled to the...

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  9. I hit rear ended a tow truck, now the truck owner is suing me to pay truck down time(loss of revenue

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Bret A. Schnitzer
    3. Gary A Kester
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4 lawyer answers

    Your insurance will deal with this - just call them. Anyone injured in an accident - whether it is property damage or personal injury damage - has what is called a duty to mitigate their damages. This means they have to find a way to minimize their loss. The tow company had many options - they could have subcontracted with another company to cover their calls, they could have rented a tow truck and used it during the repair period, and I find it hard to believe that a truck with $1,000 of...

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  10. If I get a deficiency judgement in a foreclosure suit or file bankruptcy, can they take my 401k?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joanne Reisman
    2. Ted A Troutman
    3. Walter C Oney Jr
    4. Brian Coleman Kelly
    4 lawyer answers

    In Oregon, tax deferred retirement accounts like IRA's, SEPT IRA's and KEOGH's are exempt from creditor's both with and without you filing for bankruptcy so you don't need to worry about your retirement. Not sure why you think you will owe a deficiency judgment. If the creditors do a non-judicial foreclosure of your home normally you will not owe a deficiency on your first mortgage and usually not on a second mortgage if the second mortgage was part of the financing to buy or refinance your...

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