Are You An Employer? Do You Use Credit History as a Pre-employment Screening Tool?

Do You Use Credit History in Your Employment Screening? If so, read on. The decision handed down by the 9th Circuit in January, 2017, in Syed v. M-1, LLC addressed a “question of first impression”, meaning that this is new law. The question presented is “whether a prospective employer may satisfy the Fair Credit Reporting […]

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How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

How do I start a nonprofit organization? I hear this question often and I credit anyone who wants to take on the great responsibility of starting a nonprofit and giving back to community. First and foremost, the word “nonprofit” encompasses many ideas. When we say that we want to start a “nonprofit” in Oregon, what […]

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How to choose an executor for your estate

Personal representatives (AKA Executor) are fiduciaries. Fiduciaries are people or institutions legally obliged to act in your interests. You may have heard the term “Executor” of your estate. In Oregon, these people are referred to as Personal Representatives. “A personal representative is a fiduciary who is under a general duty to and shall collect the […]

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Alternative Financing for Businesses and Start-Ups

Small Business Financing A few months back, it was my pleasure to attend an event titled, “Money on a Mission.” It was a showcase of business lenders that offer an alternative to traditional banking, either because they loan money to people who can’t get loans from traditional banks, or that the bank itself is mission-driven […]

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Are you gambling with your nonprofit tax-exempt status?

This article applies to gaming activities conducted by Oregon Nonprofit Corporations that have been granted tax-exempt status under IRC 501(c)(3) and are classified as a public charity. It does not apply to entities granted 501(c)(3) status and classified as a foundation and it does not apply to entities granted exempt status under other sections of […]

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New Laws For Oregon Employers, 2016

Ban The Box HB 3025 B Effective January 1, 2016, you are not allowed to ask about criminal history on job applications. You may ask about criminal history at the initial interview or after a conditional offer for employment is made. Exemptions: Non-employee volunteers, Law enforcement/criminal justice employees, and if a federal, state, or local […]

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Doing Things Differently

I recently had the opportunity to review a commercial lease. The client sent it to me on a Thursday with no date certain for the signing. On the following Sunday, Easter Sunday morning, the client text messaged me that the signing is the following day. One day earlier, a lawyer blog was circulating around the various […]

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Welcome friends to 2014.

This entry is an introduction to my blog for my law practice. Welcome. Please visit my website, www.davidjamesrobinson.com. Once there, you will find a link to my new facebook page, twitter feed and RSS feed. If you use facebook, please press “like” on my page. Follow me on twitter. Subscribe to my RSS feed, a […]

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Five (Not So Obvious) Reasons to See an Estate Planner

  Let’s face it. Considering the finality of life is not something any one really looks forward to. We envision the parade of horribles: infirmity, financial distress, loss of our partners and friends. But face it, we must. Planning for the years leading up to death and making arrangements for your estate is a way […]

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