Tracy White, Oregon Attorney, and Washington County Law Library patron, writes a monthly legal affairs column for the (OregonLive) Hillsboro Argus:
April 9, 2013, OregonLive column in the Argus: “Why the Oregon Constitution matters (guest column)”
Read the Oregon Constitution.
Previous legal affairs columns by Tracy White include:
March 6, 2013, OregonLive column in the Hillsboro Argus, “Many free legal resources exist for nonlawyers (guest column)”
February 6th, 2013, OregonLive column in the Hillsboro Argus, “Oregon consumers gain big weapon against creditors (guest column),”
The Argus column is not legal advice, but only general information about the law. It may not apply to your individual situation. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.
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Selling a car, motorcycle, or other titled motor vehicle in Oregon?
Start with the Selling, Donating or Gifting a Vehicle page at the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you sell, donate, or have inherited a vehicle. It can save you a lot of time and aggravation.
They even have a Vehicle Bill of Sale you can fill in online, save, or print out.
Among other important information at the webpage:
“Important: You must notify DMV that you have sold a vehicle within 10 days of the sale. This information will be noted on the vehicle record, but the name(s) on DMV records cannot change until the title is submitted for transfer. Oregon Revised Statutes 803.112 to ORS 803.117, and Oregon Administrative Rule 735-020-0080 provide further information on your responsibilities.”
Visit the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Justice Case Files website to read this hilarious coloring-book story:
Justice Case File 4: The Case of the Broken Controller is a (PDF) narrative coloring book available to download for free. (Note: the PDF at the NCSC site is almost 8 MB. It can be optimized to under 4 MB if you have Adobe.)
“The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) launched a public awareness campaign several years ago to educate the public about how the courts work. The central effort of this campaign was to develop a series of graphic novels, called Justice Case Files, which engage the reader while giving insight into how judges make decisions, how the courts protect the public, and why courts are so important to a democratic society….”
There are more Graphic Stories (aka comic books) at the site for free downloading. (Note: these are swf files so you most likely will not be able to read them on an iPad without a conversion app.)
Justice Case File 1: The Case of Internet Piracy tells the story of Megan, a college freshman charged with downloading music, and her grandmother who has received notice that the city plans to take her house through eminent domain.
Justice Case File 2: The Case of Identity Theft tells the story of the Garcia family, whose identity is stolen through an email phishing scam.
Justice Case File 3: The Case of Jury Duty tells the story of Matthew Foley, an 18-year-old who has been summoned for jury duty on a case that involves underage drinking and driving. Through Matt’s story, readers learn how meaningful jury service is, how the jury system is a source of accountability for courts, and how our society benefits from the right of a jury of your peers.
Law in the News alerts us to this article at Plagiarism Today:
“Update on the Potential Copyright Small Claims Court,” February 28, 2013, by Jonathan Bailey
The author has done an excellent job summarizing the problem and proposed solutions and linking to other sources of information.
Before paying for legal forms online (or from a book), check to make sure they are forms the court will accept and to find out if your county or state already makes the correct forms available free of charge.
It’s not unusual to find “cheap,” “low-cost,” and “free, if …” legal forms online that judges and public law librarians know are available totally free AND are up-to-date, AND are official (that is, they will be accepted by the court where they need to be filed).
It’s also not unusual to hear about legal papers drawn up and filing fees paid, only to have the case dismissed or delayed because the wrong forms were filed or local court instructions weren’t followed.
So before paying for those online “forms,” check with your local court or law library to find out if you can get the same forms, or better ones (!), free.
Here’s an example of how this played out in Montana: Copyrighted State Legal Forms Can Protect Consumers.
From Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice blog:
California Bar Explores Joining Movement for Non-Lawyer Practice
California, Washington, and New York are featured in this article on the movement to allow people who cannot afford attorneys “to receive low-cost guidance in simpler legal matters by qualified non-lawyers.”
Excerpt: “…. Although legal aid, pro bono service and court-employed family law facilitators all try to fill this gap, too many people need legal assistance and simply cannot afford it at today’s legal market rates.
“We’ve created somewhat of a black market,” she said. “We are simply not serving the vast majority of citizens when it comes to their legal needs.
A limited licensing program, in addition to helping clients, would create an avenue of employment for law school graduates and legal technicians who haven’t passed the bar, board members said.
Engaging in limited practice might be an avenue to eventually becoming a qualified lawyer….” [Link to full blog post.]
One day you will need or thank the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), just as we need or thank the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
If you want to know more about the CFPB, one of the blogs listed at the 6th Annual ABA Blawg 100 site is the CFPB Monitor. It tracks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
You can also visit the official CFPB website and read CFPB’s official blog.
A golden rule of problem solving? Follow the Money.
Thinking about legal self help, access to justice, unbundled legal services?
Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice Blog has all kinds of intriguing posts and links, e.g.
1) “Lawyer Referral Services Are the Key Gateway to Unbundled Services and California Leads the Way,” 10/16/12.
2) “Time for a National Center on Mobile Access to Justice,” posted 11/3/12
3) “Court Simplification Working Paper from SRLN,” 10/30/12
4) “What Happens When a Federal Court Pays Attention to the Self-Represented — the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court Is A Model for Us All,” 10/18/12
You can also link directly to the Self Represented Litigation Network (SRLN), another organization for legal service providers. They work with courts, legal aid service providers, public law librarians, and many others on Access to Justice initiatives.
Intriguing recommendation that might come out of the OSB HOD meeting on November 2, 2012:
“Resolved, The House of Delegates recommends that the Board of Governors study the feasibility of making a metropolitan court district combining the resources of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties to increase access to justice and make an appropriate recommendation to the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Judicial Department and the Chief Justice.”
Read the whole resolution for all the Whereas’s, Resolves, and Background Notes: find easy links from the Oregon Law Practice Management blog.
Not everyone in Oregon (or elsewhere in the country) is lucky enough to have easy access to a local public law library with trained law library staff members (e.g. Washington County Law Library) (Not everyone has easy access to a public library either, for that matter.)
Public library reference librarians and paraprofessional staff members are invited to tune in to one or more of these Access to Justice webinars, from the Pro Bono Network:
Libraries and Access to Justice Webinar Series.