Entries by Robert Good Attorney LLC

Probate 101

We’ve all heard the old saying: “you can’t escape death and taxes.” But most of us hesitate when confronted with our own death; who likes to think about death? Are you so fearful of death that you have not planned for your own? At some point, we all must face the loss of a loved […]

Mediation is Hard Work

I learned years ago never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.  George Bernard Shaw.   Mediation is hard work! In the midst of conflict, we want to be right.  When Jason and Judy separated, Judy insisted Jason’s work-related distractions were the reason the marriage failed. Jason blamed […]

Essential Conversations

Last month we focused on “Angry in Anaheim,” a Dear Amy letter. The “Angry” author was furious with her brother for “tearing the family apart” by insisting the doctors follow dad’s “do not resuscitate” instructions in his advance directive. She wanted the doctors to listen to mom and keep dad alive. Angry’s letter raised two […]

The Advance Directive

Dear Amy, My father is 91 and has dementia. I learned he gave an advance directive with a “do not resuscitate” order to my brother several years ago. I told my brother that giving the DNR order to the doctor was condemning Dad to die and that we should follow Mom’s wishes to keep him […]

Living Trusts

What is a “living trust”? You’ve heard that they are a good thing. Perhaps you have some vague notion of what it means. But could you explain it to the person sitting next to you? A living trust is an estate planning tool. In essence, it is an alternative to a will. Like a will, […]

Prenups: Romance Killer or Good Planning?

Marge and Homer are engaged to be married next summer.  Marge has been married before, has two children and recently came into a large inheritance.  Homer runs a marginally profitable home repair business and owns nothing but a 1997 Ford pickup. The two of them met when Homer fixed her deck last summer. The mutual […]

Estate Planning For Pets

We love our pets. We groom them, bathe them, feed them, make sure they have plenty of exercise, recreation, and relaxation (as if that’s necessary). Last year alone $60 billion was spent on pet care in the United States. In modern America, Fluffy and Fido are part of the family. But when it comes to […]

Living Trusts

You have probably heard the term “living trust.” Perhaps you have some vague notion of what it means. But could you explain it to the person sitting next to you? A living trust is an estate planning tool. In essence, it is an alternative to a will. Like a will, its main function is to […]

The divorce is final. . .

As a divorce attorney, my emphasis is on resolving the big issues a couple faces when splitting up: spousal support, child support, custody, parenting plans. The end goal is to have a legal judgment or agreement spelling out everything known at the time. Although this is the “end goal,” for many couples having the signed […]

Peaceful Divorce?

Mention the word divorce and images of heated courtroom battles come to mind: lawyers butchering issues, cutting deals, and bargaining away the things that matter most. You may fear that divorce would bankrupt you, give you a nervous breakdown, or both. The truth?  Divorce is often a painful transition that is personal and unique for […]

Cyberspace and Your Case

In divorce and child custody cases these days, it is becoming routine to use email communications and Facebook posts as evidence in court. That being said, it is crucial that anyone headed to court is aware that when it comes to the internet, almost anything is fair game. So, what can you do to protect […]

Preparing for Care

Last month, a forum was held at SOU entitled, “Prepare for Care: Getting to Plan A and Beyond.” Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SOU, AARP, Senior and Disability Services at RVCOG and the Rogue Valley Manor, the care forum addressed the ways to ensure that you are prepared – physically, practically […]

Peaceful Divorce?

Mention the word divorce and images of heated courtroom battles come to mind: lawyers butchering issues, cutting deals, and bargaining away the things that matter most. You may fear that divorce would bankrupt you, give you a nervous breakdown, or both. The truth? Divorce is often a painful transition that is personal and unique for […]

It’s All in the Name

You have a great idea for a new business. It’s kept you awake at night, thinking about the exciting new product you’re going to sell, or the extremely useful services you’re going to offer. You’re going to make the world a better place through your new business, and you get to be the one in […]

Planning for New Beginnings

2017 is here. A fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to do everything right. An opportunity to implement New Year’s resolutions, and to think about all of the things you want to accomplish in 2017, the places you want to go, the relationships you want to improve, the ways you can make your life […]

Do You Have a Will? Estate Planning Basics

The term “estate planning” may conjure up the image of an elderly couple roaming the gardens of their country estate discussing what to do with their considerable family fortune when they die. A common belief is that estate planning is only for the wealthy. We may think that average folks don’t need estate planning. But, […]

Character on the Court

On October 14, the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden would have been 106 years old. In his last twelve years of coaching during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Wooden led UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak, captured 10 NCAA tournament championships, and ended his 29-year college head coaching career with an unprecedented 664-162 record. Now why, […]

Funding Long-term Care

Growing old these days comes with a tremendous price tag. These days, the scenario where grandma and grandpa are taken care of by their grown children and their families, all together at home, is unlikely. Today’s elderly often need professional care, which can be prohibitively expensive. The average monthly cost of long-term care is $3,400-$4,500 […]

The One and Only

“The glass says you are this and we are that and that is how it will always be.” – Ivan the Mighty Silverback If you ever listen to JPR, you know that “the Law Office of Robert Good” is a collective listener. JPR programs keep us company throughout the day. But recently the news delivered […]

Father’s Day in Retrospect

“The boy, by the age of three years, senses that his destiny is to be a man, so he watches his father particularly—his interests, manner, speech, pleasures, his attitude toward work…” Benjamin Spock (1992) The barbecues, beer, and suggestively titled bottles of seasonings lining the Father’s Day seasonal aisle this year got me thinking about […]

Access to Justice in Jackson County

In May I attended the Center for NonProfit Legal Services’s annual “Founders Breakfast.” At the breakfast, lawyer William P. Haberlach was awarded the William V. Deatherage Pro Bono Award for his services providing legal advocacy for one of the highest at-risk populations in our community: our veterans. I attend this breakfast not just for the […]

A Legal Tail – by Robert Good

I joined Bob’s practice four years ago, a year after he started hanging around my yard. In hindquarters sight, those nights chasing the ball were early negotiations for our future partnership. Of course, Bob is the Alpha, which was undisputed even in my own domain. He’s soft-hearted but savvy— that Bob Good. Showed me the […]

Top Ten Ways to Declutter Your Legal Life

“There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean.” – Martha Stewart. Birds chirping and flowers blooming are nice, but for the neatniks amongst us, hosing down patio furniture and resealing grout are spring’s greatest treasures. Spring is not only a great time to declutter your closets, but also to declutter your […]

Twenty Years on Siskiyou Boulevard

It recently occurred to me that of the 22 years I’ve been practicing law, the last 20 have been right here on Siskiyou Boulevard. In 1995 I started as an associate with the Howser & Munsell firm at 607 Siskiyou Blvd. Then in 2002 I moved across the street to 622 Siskiyou Blvd. and “hung […]

Kids In Need In Our Community

We are in the midst of the holiday season. In my adult years, as the holidays approach, I have tended to think, “Here we go again. What’s the big deal?”   Now that I have kids, I am reminded how magical the holidays are for children. Christmas trees, lights, Santa, and oh, the gifts… It […]

Essential Conversations

Last month’s article focused on “Angry in Anaheim,” a Dear Amy letter. The “Angry” author was furious with her brother for “tearing the family apart” by insisting that the doctors follow dad’s “do not resuscitate” instructions in his advance directive. She wanted the doctors to listen to mom and keep dad alive. I spoke about […]

Essential Facts of Life… and Death

“How shall we live, knowing we will die?” When Henry David Thoreau sat in his little cabin in the woods, he wasn’t receiving counsel from his attorney about his flight from eighteenth-century objective truth. Free from such meddlers, Thoreau mused about existence, the art of living deliberately “…to front only essential facts of life, and […]

Never Wrestle A Pig

“I learned years ago never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” – George Bernard Shaw In the midst of conflict, we want to be right.  When Jason and Judy separated, Judy insisted Jason’s work-related distractions were the reason the marriage failed. Jason blamed Judy’s constant nagging as the culprit, […]

The Divorce is Final. . . Or is It?

As a divorce attorney, my emphasis is on resolving the big issues a couple faces when splitting up: Spousal support, child support, custody, parenting plans. The end goal is to have a legal judgment or agreement spelling out everything known at the time. Although this is the “end goal,” for many couples having the signed […]

Tina’s Story

  Tina, tears running down her face, sat next to her mother in my office. Earlier that week her husband Frank had transferred their joint checking accounts into his name alone, blocked her use of the credit cards and locked her out of the family home. Then the day before, Frank took their two young […]

Living Trusts

You have probably heard the term “living trust.” Perhaps you have some vague notion of what it means. But could you explain it to the person sitting next to you? A living trust is an estate planning tool. In essence, it is an alternative to a will. Like a will, its main function is to […]

Special Needs Trust

Imagine this situation: Your adult child has a long-term disability. Maybe it’s a severe mental illness; maybe it’s a serious physical disability. Maybe it’s both. You have significant assets – a house, some successful investments. You are concerned about your disabled child receiving an inheritance when you die. Maybe this concerns you because your son […]

Protecting Your Assets from Creditors

  The American legal system is a useful vehicle for righting people’s wrongs: If your dog bites me and I am seriously injured, I can sue you for medical bills, pain and suffering, etc. That is fair and just. But, our legal system is also overused and abused. Frivolous lawsuits are filed frequently, and sometimes […]

To Be Married or Not to Be Married?

Last month’s article showed that today’s unmarried couples have more legal rights than they did a half-century ago. This raises the big question: Why get married? During the marriage There are several financial benefits for married couples. Probably the most talked about is the ability to be on the other spouse’s health insurance plan. Another […]

The Evolution of Marriage

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and made famous by the Byrds’ version of the song in 1965, Turn, Turn Turn (To Everything There is a Season) compiles a list of many of life’s most potent events. The […]