Proposed Legislation for 2011 Session

The Oregon State Bar wants your input on draft proposals for the 2011 Legislative Session.   A forum will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at the Oregon State Bar Center.  The purpose of the forum is to increase awareness and allow members an opportunity to comment.  Members may also contact the Public Affairs Committee or bar staff.

Some of the proposals caught my eye:

IOLTA Sanction Bill – This bill would change the sanction for failure to file a notice of annual IOLTA compliance from a disciplinary violation to an administrative one. 

LPRC Restructuring – Eliminates LPRCs (local professional responsibility committees); permits bar to appoint individual lawyers to serve as investigators.

Termination of Attorney-Client Relationships – Streamlines withdrawal procedures for attorneys in family law matters.  Permits withdrawal by filing a notice upon conclusion of a case.

There are other legislative proposals in the areas of: 

  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Taxation

Review the proposals here.

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis

Oregon Child Support Guidelines Change January 4, 2010

New child support guidelines go into effect in Oregon on January 4, 2010.  Changes include:

  • Contingent cash medical support
  • “Reasonable in cost” defined as 4% of adjusted income
  • New parenting time credit calculation
  • Child care costs caps
  • 10% deviation from the guidelines for consent orders
  • Renumbered and reorganized administrative rules

The Oregon Division of Child Support (DCS) will be posting a new child support calculator and worksheets to help practitioners with implementation of the new rules.  The DCS originally hoped to get these tools up by mid-December, but technical difficulties and staff illness have delayed the process.  They are now hoping to get the new calculator and worksheets posted on the DCS Web site next week.  In the meantime, the final child support guidelines can be found here.

Along with these changes, keep watching the Oregon Judicial Department Web site for a new Uniform Support Declaration, replacing the old Uniform Support Affidavit.  The Declaration is currently before the UTCR Committee which is in the process of soliciting public comment.  If approved by the committee and court, it will likely be effective August 1, 2010, unless adopted out-of-cycle.