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Legal Notices and Service by Publication in Oregon


Attorneys know about legal notices, service by publication, or other publication requirements, but what about us normal people?! What are we to do?

Here is a little guidance, but I also recommend you ask the judge (if it was a judge who told you to publish a legal notice) or consult an attorney. You want to get this right! It’s not cheap to publish a legal notice and it’s even more expensive to get it wrong – because you have to do it all over again.

Legal notices may also called Legal Ads (not to be confused with Legal Aids!). I wrote a blog post last May about Legal Notice by Publication, but the question pops up now and again, and again, and again.

And recently, I found this, Public Notice Ads dot com while reading Inter Alia’s useful and fun Internet Legal Research Weekly service.

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3 responses to “Legal Notices and Service by Publication in Oregon”

  1. Walker says:

    The real question is when will governments catch up and provide a website for all required legal notices so that citizens can post, for free (or very nominal charge) a required legal notice and all those who tend to have interests in these notices can find the damn things. Right now, governments shop around to find some out of the way piddly paper (like the Battle Ground Reflector, in SW Washington) for their notices in order to defeat the spirit of the requirement while meeting the letter of it.

    Let’s get the newspapers off the subsidy — let citizens required to publish legal notices do it right on a webpage maintained by the government that is requiring the notice.

  2. This is an interesting proposal and as a public law librarian I have to agree that it is a problem in need of a solution. Most of our pro se litigants are pro se because they do not have much money. They are already limited in their access to the courts. Many have been horrified to find out how much money it costs to publish a legal notice.

    I’m curious if other jurisdictions have come up with solutions to this problem. Some states are better than others when it comes to making the legal system accessible and affordable to everyone.

    This is a state law matter, for the vast majority of pro se litigants, and maybe there is room for some citizen initiated legislation.


  3. Marc says:

    I agree that this is a big issue all over the country. I found a site that might be on the right track towards providing a low-cost answer for citizens.

    e-Legal Ads ( is an on-line service that allows firms the capability of uploading their legal notices to a single location on the web. The site then reviews the legal and posts it in the appropriate newspaper, anywhere in the country.

    The service is only $20 per/notice. Also, because they work with so many newspapers, they usually get the ad cost at a discounted rate. My firm uses the service and it has made the process so much more efficient.

    Not sure if they provide this service to individuals, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.


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