Slip-and-Fall Injuries: What You Need to Do to Protect Your Claim

Slip and fall accidents may not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can be serious, with long-term negative side effects. If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be able to assert a legal claim. However, there are certain steps that you must take immediately to protect your claim going forward. Use this blog as a “getting started” guide, and then call Clarke Griffin to set up a free case Read More

How to Get the Best Possible Settlement from an Insurance Adjuster

The insurance company plays a big part in most accident claims, particularly after car accidents in Oregon. Because Oregon is a “fault” state, the insurance company of other party involved in an accident will often be on the hook for your damages and losses after a car crash. A representative from the insurance company will typically call you after the accident to discuss settlement options. It may be tempting to Read More

Why Drafting a Will on Your Own Might Be a Mistake

Technically speaking, it is possible for you to draft your own will. However, this is rarely a good idea. Wills have certain legal requirements that must be met to be valid, and DIY will-makers rarely have a full understanding of what these legal requirements entail. If your will is determined invalid, your estate will pass using the intestate laws in Oregon. Unfortunately in some circumstances, this can result in Read More

Understanding Oregon Defamation Laws

If someone says something bad about you, whether it is oral or written, you may have a legal claim against them for the damage to your reputation that the statement may have caused. These statements that cause damage to your reputation are known as “defamation.” There are two types of defamation: slander and libel. Slander is defamation that is communicated verbally, while libel is defamation that is communicated Read More

A Positive Kind of Marriage Separation: Why You and Your Spouse Need Separate Wills

When married couples create their estate plan, they will have the option to create a joint will or two separate wills. It may be tempting to create a joint will because it cuts down on the added expense of creating two wills, especially when both spouses own the same property anyway. However, attorneys will rarely advise clients to create a joint will, and there is good reason. What is a Joint Will? A joint Read More

6 Common Types of Business Disputes that May Result in Civil Litigation

Commercial litigation can be complicated, but also extremely important for a business. They must always be taken extremely seriously, as a poor result in a dispute can potentially force a business into bankruptcy and financial ruin under certain circumstances. In order to help you avoid unnecessary legal action and be properly prepared should the need for civil litigation arise, we have outlined below six of the Read More

4 Key Types of Compensatory Damages That May Be Awarded in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be experiencing some significant changes in your life. These changes may affect your job, your family, and your physical and mental well-being. Often one of the most stressful parts of a personal injury is the expenses that follow these changes. It can be extremely overwhelming in many circumstances. Thankfully, you can recoup some of these expenses under Oregon Read More

A Brief Introduction to Oregon Advance Directives

One of the most important decisions a person can make concerns their wishes for medical treatment in the event of incapacitation, illness, or other potential end-of-life scenarios. Under these circumstances, documents known as advance directives will allow you to plan for such an eventuality by clearly expressing your wishes regarding medical treatment and medical intervention, as well as designating a trusted person Read More

Understanding Oregon Negligence

When an accident occurs in which parties to the accident are injured or even killed, a civil lawsuit following the incident generally hinges on the concept of “fault.” In order to win a personal injury lawsuit against someone you allege was responsible for your injuries, you must demonstrate that their negligence resulted in the accident and your subsequent injuries. Negligence is the failure to fulfill one’s Read More

A Brief Q&A on Oregon Probate

What is Probate? Probate is a legal process that occurs following an individual’s death. The probate court will process their assets and debts, whether the deceased had a will or not. When an individual is alive, all their assets are generally in their name—barring the creation of a trust or some other estate planning vehicle intended to keep specific property from passing through probate. Following that person’s Read More