Cases We Handle

Adoption, Trusts and more

 

The Reynolds Law Firm, P.C., provides a variety of legal services, including:

Adoption

Our firm is committed to making sure children are placed in the best possible home. One way we honor this commitment is by handling adoptions, including consensual and contested second-parent adoptions, private adoptions, and re-adoptions. We also represent family members and care givers during the juvenile court process and in the foster care system. We provide personalized attention to every aspect of the adoption process from beginning to end. We have successfully represented second-parents at trial and on appeal. We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain legal custody of the children they care about and particularly enjoy the signing ceremonies when the adoption process is complete.

Appeals

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling Oregon appeals from all levels of the court system, from circuit court to the Oregon Supreme Court. A few of our published cases include: Sisson and Sisson, Newton and Thomas, Baker and Baker, Jones and Lindsey , Clapp and Clapp , Foster and Miramontes and Hansen-Parmer and Parmer.

Arbitration

Lorena Reynolds serves as an arbitrator on the Linn County Domestic Relations Arbitration Panel and can be hired as a private arbitrator to quickly resolve disputes outside of court. An arbitrator can resolve disputes more quickly and with less cost than a court. Whenever parties in a dispute agree to use an arbitrator, the dispute can be resolved without the need to go to court. This can be done whether or not the parties have attorneys.

Business Formation

Our office provides legal advice and represents clients in regard to businesses of any size. Whether it’s consulting about forming a new business, providing general advice, or business contract reviews and issues, our office can assist you.

Business Law for Small and Family Owned Businesses

Our office provides legal advice and represents clients in regard to businesses of any size. Whether it’s consulting about forming a new business, providing general advice, or business contract reviews and issues, our office can assist you.

Children Rights

As part of our commitment to families, we are dedicated to giving children a voice in the legal system. Oregon courts have the option of appointing attorneys to represent children when they are involved in certain kinds of legal proceedings, including divorce, custody, and paternity cases. When a child independently asks a court to appoint an attorney to represent his or her interests, the court is required to do so. The court can then order one or both of the parents to pay for that attorney – ORS 107.425(6).

At The Reynolds Law Firm, PC, we are ready and willing to serve as the attorney for a child whose parents are involved in high-conflict litigation when we are asked to by a court.

Construction Law

Our office handles cases involving construction law and can provide the following:

– General advice for contractors

– Preparation or review of construction contracts

– Negotiating contracts

– Non-payment issues

Custody

We know that dissolving a marriage or relationship can be a challenge. In most cases we find that the parties can treat each other with respect and come to a reasonable resolution that everyone can live with. We encourage our clients to settle cases when appropriate. Mediation and negotiation often reduce the emotional stress of a divorce or custody case and can be an economical alternative to litigation.

We also recognize that both parties must be willing to compromise and treat each other respectfully or any settlement reached will not be fair. In those situations, litigation may be the only alternative. We have represented hundreds of clients in contested divorce and custody cases, including ones with complex financial situations or interpersonal dynamics. Our firm is uniquely qualified to handle cases involving abuse (or allegations of abuse), drug or alcohol addiction, and mental illness. We are dedicated to our clients and their children, no matter how complex the situation.

In addition to representing clients in initial proceedings, we regularly represent clients in modification proceedings. Cases involving court orders for support, custody, or parenting time sometimes need to be updated or changed. We work with our clients to make sure that the orders reflect the children’s needs and the financial circumstances of both parties as time passes.

Click here to go to the Unmarried Custody Questionnaire (PDF)

 

Divorce and Separation

We know that dissolving a marriage or relationship can be a challenge. In most cases we find that the parties can treat each other with respect and come to a reasonable resolution that everyone can live with. We encourage our clients to settle cases when appropriate. Mediation and negotiation often reduce the emotional stress of a divorce or custody case and can be an economical alternative to litigation.

We also recognize that both parties must be willing to compromise and treat each other respectfully or any settlement reached will not be fair. In those situations, litigation may be the only alternative. We have represented hundreds of clients in contested divorce and custody cases, including ones with complex financial situations or interpersonal dynamics. Our firm is uniquely qualified to handle cases involving abuse (or allegations of abuse), drug or alcohol addiction, and mental illness. We are dedicated to our clients and their children, no matter how complex the situation.

In addition to representing clients in initial proceedings, we regularly represent clients in modification proceedings. Cases involving court orders for support, custody, or parenting time sometimes need to be updated or changed. We work with our clients to make sure that the orders reflect the children’s needs and the financial circumstances of both parties as time passes.

Click here to go to the Dissolution of Marriage Questionnaire (PDF)

Domestic Partnerships

We are dedicated to helping couples regardless of the type of family structure involved, the gender of the parties, or the assets they have. We have extensive experience helping couples who are entering cohabitation situations or who are dissolving these living arrangements. We are familiar with the laws impacting same-sex and unmarried couples and work with our clients to make sure that they receive fair treatment in the legal system.

Estate Administration

Our attorneys represent clients in administering, contesting, and monitoring probate proceedings. Our attorneys also provide representation to trustees and trust beneficiaries relating to the trusts. With our professional guidance, you can feel confident that the details of probate and trust administration will be handled with care and expertise. We can help you with any of the following legal matters:

– Probate

– Trust Administration

– Small Estate Affidavits

– Guardianships & Conservatorships

Estate Planning

A properly prepared estate plan makes sure that you, your loved ones, and your assets are cared for should you become disabled and when you die. Having an estate plan in place ensures that your family and financial goals are honored. Our attorneys and paralegals have experience in complete planning for the Estate, including Wills, Trusts, Advanced Directives for Health Care, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Tax Planning. We carefully create individual plans for all family structures and cater to each client’s planning needs and desires.

Estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy. If any of the following apply to you, contact our office to schedule a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys about setting up an estate plan to address your needs and desires:

– You have minor children: Your estate plan will direct who will care for your children and appoint a trusted person to handle their finances.

– You have concerns about family members or beneficiaries that cannot manage their financial affairs: Your estate plan can contain lifetime asset protection to prevent these beneficiaries from mis-managing their inheritance, as well as protect them from creditors, predators, lawsuits, and divorces.

– You are recently divorced.

– Your spouse or partner has recently died.

– You have entered a second (or later) marriage or have a blended family

– You are in a same sex relationship (married in another state, domestic partnership in Oregon or elsewhere, or in a committed relationship but without specific legal status).

– You have a disabled child or beneficiary. If this applies to you, your plan needs to be carefully structured to be sure that your disabled child or beneficiary continues to receive their crucial governmental benefits. Even a modest inheritance can cause loss of important benefits such as health care and housing.

– You have a family or closely held business or hold an interest in such a business.

– You want to minimize the costs of administration (financial affairs) of your estate if you become disabled and when you die.

– You have beloved pets and companion animals that need to be cared for.

– You want to benefit charities or causes that matter to you.

– You want to be sure that you leave your money and things of value to the people you care about.

 

Click Here to go to the Estate Planning Form (PDF)

Juvenile Law

Our team has spent over 10 years litigating juvenile justice cases. Our experience in working with law enforcement, juvenile counselors, and in the courtroom over the years makes us especially qualified to handle these cases with sensitivity and smarts.

 

We understand that young people who face juvenile delinquency matters often are naïve to the consequences of their actions, and unprepared for the courtroom. In addition to aggressively protecting the rights of a young person accused of a crime, we also believe in helping juveniles take responsibility where appropriate, learn from their experience, and set themselves up for a future without a criminal record. We work closely with parents and young clients to make sure we meet these goals for every child we represent.

Mediation

Lorena Reynolds provides mediation for a wide variety of legal issues, including custody and parenting time, division of property and debt in divorce cases, child and spousal support, and in probate and trust administration disputes.

For further information about Mediation services with our firm and our office forms, click here.

Non-Profit Organizations

At The Reynolds Law Firm, PC, we value the contribution that non-profit organizations and boards make to our community and know that it is important that affordable, practical legal advice is available quickly when the need arises.  We represent non-profits in a variety of situations, including formation, interactions with donors (e.g., gifts, and gift agreements, estate gifts and related issues), personnel issues including unemployment hearings, preparation and review of contracts, real property purchases and sales, and representation in court if disputes rise to that level.  Attorneys at our office have drafted and reviewed many policies for non-profits, including child safety policies, personnel policy manuals, fiscal policies, and document retention policies.  We also have experience representing organizations that are dealing with the unfortunate repercussions of financial irregularities (such as embezzlement, fraud, theft, or the mismanagement of agency funds or grants).

Pre-Marital and Pre-Partnership Agreements

Our attorneys are experienced in navigating the complexities of pre-marital and pre-partnership agreements. We help establish peace of mind with careful planning and drafting of agreements for clients in every economic situation.

In developing such an agreement, we believe that the best and most ethical approach is for our firm to represent one of the parties involved. We work cooperatively with other firms to efficiently draft and review agreements that are clear, enforceable, and which both parties feel comfortable signing. Our attorneys can represent you and your interests in the agreement or you can hire Lorena as a mediator to help you reach agreements on the details and to draft the documents.

Probate and Trust Administration

Our attorneys represent clients in administering, contesting, and monitoring probate proceedings. Our attorneys also provide representation to trustees and trust beneficiaries relating to the trusts. With our professional guidance, you can feel confident that the details of probate and trust administration will be handled with care and expertise. We can help you with any of the following legal matters:

– Probate

– Trust Administration

– Small Estate Affidavits

– Guardianships & Conservatorships

Real Estate

Justin Wirth provides advice and represents clients in regard to a purchase or sale of property, deeds, easements, commercial leasing, and residential leases (for landlords only unless you are already a client of the firm).

Same Sex Partnerships

Our firm is committed to assisting same-sex couples, whether they are drafting cohabitation agreements and estate plans or dissolving formal or informal relationships. We understand the specialized legal needs that arise in these cases, including name and sex changes. We are dedicated to social justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals and have experience handling the diverse legal needs of our clients.

Victim's Rights

In addition to representing countless victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault and abuse, Lorena Reynolds has served on the Board of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) since 2000. She previously served on the Advisory Committee for Communities in Partnership to End Violence Against Women, and on the Oregon Legislature’s Interim Committee on Stalking.

Lorena Reynolds has testified at the Oregon Legislature in support of changes to the anti-stalking laws, has given presentations to other attorneys about stalking, and teaches Gender, Stalking, and the Law at Oregon State University (OSU). She helps victims navigate the complex criminal justice system, providing information, advocacy, and support through the legal process. She also assists victims of sex trafficking and teaches a class at OSU about legal issues in the sex industry.

Wills and Trusts

A properly prepared estate plan makes sure that you, your loved ones, and your assets are cared for should you become disabled and when you die. Having an estate plan in place ensures that your family and financial goals are honored. Our attorneys and paralegals have experience in complete planning for the Estate, including Wills, Trusts, Advanced Directives for Health Care, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Tax Planning. We carefully create individual plans for all family structures and cater to each client’s planning needs and desires.

Estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy. If any of the following apply to you, contact our office to schedule a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys about setting up an estate plan to address your needs and desires:

– You have minor children: Your estate plan will direct who will care for your children and appoint a trusted person to handle their finances.

– You have concerns about family members or beneficiaries that cannot manage their financial affairs: Your estate plan can contain lifetime asset protection to prevent these beneficiaries from mis-managing their inheritance, as well as protect them from creditors, predators, lawsuits, and divorces.

– You are recently divorced.

– Your spouse or partner has recently died.

– You have entered a second (or later) marriage or have a blended family

– You are in a same sex relationship (married in another state, domestic partnership in Oregon or elsewhere, or in a committed relationship but without specific legal status).

– You have a disabled child or beneficiary. If this applies to you, your plan needs to be carefully structured to be sure that your disabled child or beneficiary continues to receive their crucial governmental benefits. Even a modest inheritance can cause loss of important benefits such as health care and housing.

– You have a family or closely held business or hold an interest in such a business.

– You want to minimize the costs of administration (financial affairs) of your estate if you become disabled and when you die.

– You have beloved pets and companion animals that need to be cared for.

– You want to benefit charities or causes that matter to you.

– You want to be sure that you leave your money and things of value to the people you care about.

 

Click Here to go to our Estate Planning Form (PDF)