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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

If you’ve been considering planning your estate, you may be wondering whether a will or trust is right for your specific situation. Wills and trusts are two types of estate planning tools that can be used individually or together, as part of a comprehensive estate plan. What is the difference between a will and a trust, though? While the obje… Read More
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What Happens if You Die Without a Will

If you die without a will, it is referred to as dying “intestate.” When this happens, assets will be distributed based on Oregon intestacy laws. This means that the courts will decide what will happen to your property, as well as who will supervise the distribution of your assets. Because there is no guarantee that the state’s laws will coinc… Read More
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Requirements for Creating a Will in Oregon

A will is a written set of instructions that explains how you want your property distributed after your death. Creating a will allows you to decide who will manage your money and other property after you die and how it will be distributed. It also communicates your wishes about the care of your children, if they are minors or are disabled. Another… Read More
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Estate Planning in the Ti…

Estate Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

The outbreak of COVID-19 has left many of us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Some Oregonians may have found themselves contemplating their own mortality. You may also be concerned about the well-being of an elderly or vulnerable loved one. Considering your estate planning needs and goals can give you peace of mind during these uncertain times. Fr… Read More
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Should I Become a Guardia…

Should I Become a Guardian for my Elderly Family Member

If you have an elderly relative who needs help making decisions, you may want to consider becoming a guardian. A successful guardianship arrangement can be beneficial to all involved. When there is a trusted person at the helm, who truly acts in the best interests of a loved one, the loved one is well taken care of and can often thrive. Your loved… Read More
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Guardianship or Conservat…

Guardianship or Conservatorship: Which is best for your loved one

If a loved one has become incapable of making decisions on their own, they may need someone to assist them. Whether they are facing decisions about their medical treatment or in their everyday life, Oregon has several options for families to consider, including guardianship and conservatorship. If your loved one only needs assistance in making fina… Read More
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A Guide to Navigating the Coronavirus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been detected in 90 locations around the world. This includes many locations in the US. While the news about this outbreak seems scary, it is important to remember that there have been similar global outbreaks in the past two decades. Staying calm a… Read More
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Coronavirus Protocol at Litowich Law

We have been monitoring the CDC website regarding the Coronavirus. They recommend that people avoid close contact with people who have been exposed to the virus. None of our attorneys or staff have reported any exposure or symptoms. As a cloud-based firm, we can schedule consultations and client meetings using the telephone or video conferencing. W… Read More
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The Importance of Updating your Estate Plan Following Major Life Events

Estate planning is a lifelong and dynamic process. It is not something you do once and forget about. From the time you first establish your estate plan to the time it is actually put into effect, you are likely to go through many different phases in your life. As your personal circumstances and family relationships change over time, any changes in… Read More
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Salem family law attorney Sarah M. Litowich is an Oregonian through and through, with roots in rural eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. She is grateful for these deep Oregon roots because she learned the value of hard work and building and mai… Read More

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