Entries by Scott Bucy

Changes to Landlord Tenant Law – Senate Bill 608

In a previous article, I wrote about tenant screening and the importance of proper screening for both the landlord as well as the tenant of a rental property. But what happens if you are a tenant or landlord, you went through proper screening and you wish to get out of your lease agreement? Over the […]

Contracts When Buying A Home

A real estate contract consists of a document to convey real property and a security device. Real property is land or land and a home as opposed to personal property, such as a car, dining room table or computer. The buyer of real property has the right to occupy the property but also has an […]

Proper Tenant Screening by Landlords

As a landlord, finding an ideal tenant can be difficult and stressful. Proper screening of prospective tenants is critically important for a landlord to ensure, not only rent is paid, but also that their property is reasonably maintained. Tenant screening and the tenant application process is a critical tool which can help prevent future problems. […]

Revocable Living Trusts

A few months ago, I was hiking with a friend in the Redwoods who was visiting from Colorado and he asked, “What can I do to make sure that when I die it won’t be a huge burden on my wife and children to handle my estate?” This is a common question for many clients. […]

Child Custody versus Parenting Time: What’s the Difference?

We have all seen the drama of celebrity custody battles play out on the news, whether Elian Gonzalez or Heidi Klum and Seal. But what exactly is child custody and how is it different from parenting time? In Oregon, there is a distinct difference between child custody and parenting time. Custody decides who will have […]

Estate Planning Basics for All

Most of us are familiar with the slang terms “Trustafarian” or more recently in the news, “Trust Fund Baby Syndrome.” But what we often, falsely, associate with trusts and estate planning is wealth. We incorrectly assume people with more moderate assets do not need an estate plan. This is simply not true. Estate planning, whether […]

Trademarking your Business Name, Logo and Slogan

Amazon, Nike’s swish, and Fly the Friendly Skies; one is a single word, one a symbol and one a slogan. All different, yet all three independently draw a distinct image in our mind about a specific business’s goods, services and thus associated quality. The power of branding is an important component of a solid business […]

To Form a Company or Not to Form a Company: That is the Question

As an entrepreneur, I wondered, “What’s the big deal with forming a legal company such as an LLC or Corporation? After all, it is only me and a few employees.”  Others have thought, “Yeah, he has helped occasionally manage and paid some bills but we are not partners.” It’s thoughts like these that have led […]