Portland Legal Services - Joanne Reisman, Attorney at Law
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Estate Planning isn't just about writing a Will

Estate planning doesn't just mean doing a will. It means learning how property transfers with or without a will and making sure you have set up your financial affairs so that your property goes to the people or charities that are important to you.
There can also be some tax planning involved. Most people don't have to worry about Federal Estate Tax anymore since you don't pay taxes unless you have an estate over 5 million dollars. However Oregon still begins to charge estate taxes on estates of 1 million dollars or more.

Bankruptcy and Tax Refunds

As 2011 draws to a close some of you are still stunned by the lack of recovery of our economy.  Maybe you finally found a new job but it's for lower pay or less hours.  You remain buried in debt.  This might be a good time to consider getting rid of the debt that piled up during a long period of unemployment or during an extended illness or other calamity that put you behind. 

There are limits to the amount of income you can earn and still completely discharge your debt in a chapter 7 bankruptcy so filing when your income is still relatively low may be your best chance to wipe out debt for a fresh start.

Portland Legal Services here to help!


Wishing everyone a problem free holiday season, but if there are legal problems in your life, don't let the worry ruin precious time with friends and family.  Please contact me for a free e-mail or phone evaluation. 

The best way to reach me is by e-mail at JoanneReisman@PortlandLegalServices.com.  If you prefer to call, please call 503-222-7401 and leave a voice mail message with your phone number and name so I can call you back.  Please understand that I do not often answer this phone number directly, but frequently check for voice mail messages and try to return calls on the same day, if you call during the week.
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