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The Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin, June 2011, has a useful article in their Legal Practice Tips column: “Get it Right the First Time: Settling Ownership of Vehicles,” by William Leslie.
Excerpt: “Handling a titled vehicle in a divorce, bankruptcy or estate doesn’t have to be hard, but simple mistakes are made by new and experienced attorneys alike….
Here are some common mistakes made by attorneys in handling vehicles. The concepts apply equally well to boats, airplanes and anything else with a title issued by a state agency….” [Link to full article.]
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The 2011 OSB & LASO Bankruptcy Clinic schedule is out:

The Bankruptcy Clinic classes are held on Tuesday evenings, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Appointments follow the classes. There is no child-care available.

The Clinics begin at 6:15 p.m. and start with a bankruptcy class taught by a judge or experienced bankruptcy lawyer. Class are open to all residents of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.

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It’s time to update my June 15, 2008 LASO Bankruptcy Clinic blog post.

The OSB Debtor-Creditor Section and LASO bankruptcy (and other) links to information and their brochure are from their Oregon Law Help webpages.

You can also just telephone LASO at: 503-224-4086

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Bankruptcy law is federal law so you want to look not only at Oregon attorney, law firm, and legal blogs, but also at federal bankruptcy online resources. (There are print bankruptcy legal resources but this blog post focuses on the online “current awareness” blogs only, or primarily.)

Federal Court: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon

I list below a few Oregon bankruptcy attorney blogs, selected from the many excellent Oregon attorney websites, many of which have a lot of information but are not strictly speaking “blogs.” (And, please see the Disclaimer, below.)

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I posted many years ago on this subject, more a note for myself than for readers, but I have had reason lately to update that post for all of us, with these new resources:

1) The 2009 Family Law OSB CLE also has a couple of chapters on the subject.

2) Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations Manual, by Hon. William Houston Brown, 2008-09 edition, Thomson-West Bankruptcy Series

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Information on bankruptcy for people who do not have lawyers is available from a U.S. Court website, Filing for Bankruptcy without an Attorney. (You can also link to the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon.)

Thanks to the Lane County Law Library Newsletter for the lead!

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Oregon, and especially the Portland-metro area, is awash in lawyers talking about the law to all and sundry – for no charge. (You don’t even have to buy them lunch – how much better than that can it get?)

There are pedestrian and bicycle legal clinics, bankruptcy clinics, small business legal clinics, homebuyer clinics, patent law programs (e.g. at CubeSpace), expungment clinics, and many more.

You just need to know where to look for the announcements. Despite what you think, many lawyers are just not that good at marketing. Until some of us figure out a way to maintain a website or blog where these programs can be posted, here are some tips on how to find them. Like most things that are worthwhile, it will take some effort, but it may surely pay off in the end:

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Legal Research Tip: When doing your research, remember, keep notes on who you talked to and when (even what time!), what was said, what website, book, or brochure you looked at, who you want to contact next, etc.

And away we go:

GENERAL INFORMATION ON FORECLOSURE:

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Are you wondering if the builder of that house or development you just moved into is going to declare bankruptcy or otherwise disappear before you finish painting your new kitchen?

I’m still waiting on some calls back from a few experts for more information, but here is what has been recommended to me so far (not all of the following will apply to your specific situation, so use your judgment):

1) Don’t assume the worst, at least not at first, but do your research, soon. And, as with any research, keep good notes on when, where, what, who, every step of the way:

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Please see update at the November 26, 2010, Bankruptcy post.

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) Debtor-Creditor Section has some useful links for the average person at their Consumer web page.

It includes information on their Bankruptcy Clinic. Even though the web page does not seem to have been updated since 2007, I know for a fact that they have a 2008 schedule of these clinics, so give them a call, through their Legal Aid Services of Oregon partners.

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