Gaston Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, Oregon


Peter D. Mohr

Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Natural Resources
Status:  In Good Standing           

Fredric Sanai

Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, State Government, Criminal
Status:  Suspended           Licensed:  23 Years

Jessica S Cain

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Roger A. Braden

Land Use & Zoning, Environmental Law Other, State Government, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  40 Years
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Karen Michelle Smith

Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Bankruptcy, Family Law
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  18 Years

Mark Ropp

Land Use & Zoning, Estate Planning, Estate, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

John Stephen Werts

Contract, Land Use & Zoning, Bankruptcy, Business & Trade
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  50 Years

Brenda Lou Braden

Land Use & Zoning, Municipal, Commercial Real Estate, State Government
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  34 Years

William Scott Phinney

Administrative Law, International Tax, Land Use & Zoning, Dispute Resolution
Status:  Suspended           Licensed:  19 Years

Jennifer Rose Schwartz

Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Civil Rights, Administrative Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

BORDER PATROL

The historical term for what is now called the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ('BCBP'), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. The primary fu... (more...)
The historical term for what is now called the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ('BCBP'), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. The primary functions of the BCBP/border patrol are to guard the borders from illegal entrants and to meet and question immigrants and visitors arriving at airports and other border stops.

LEASE OPTION

A contract in which an owner leases her house (usually for one to five years) to a tenant for a specific monthly rent, and which gives the tenant the right to b... (more...)
A contract in which an owner leases her house (usually for one to five years) to a tenant for a specific monthly rent, and which gives the tenant the right to buy the house at the end of the lease period for a price established in advance. A lease option is often a good arrangement for a potential home buyer because it lets him move into a house he may buy without having to come up with a down payment or financing at that time.

VARIANCE

An exception to a zoning ordinance, usually granted by a local government. For example, if you own an oddly shaped lot that could not accommodate a home in acco... (more...)
An exception to a zoning ordinance, usually granted by a local government. For example, if you own an oddly shaped lot that could not accommodate a home in accordance with your city's setback requirement, you could apply at the appropriate office for a variance allowing you to build closer to a boundary line.

PRECEDENT

A legal principle or rule created by one or more decisions of a state or federal appellate court. These rules provide a point of reference or authority for judg... (more...)
A legal principle or rule created by one or more decisions of a state or federal appellate court. These rules provide a point of reference or authority for judges deciding similar issues in later cases. Lower courts must apply these rules when faced with similar legal issues. For example, if the Montana Supreme Court decides that a certain type of employment contract overly restricts the right of the employee to quit and get another job, all other Montana courts must apply this same rule.

ELEMENTS (OF A CASE)

The component parts of a legal claim or cause of action. To win a lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove every element of a legal claim. For example, here are the elem... (more...)
The component parts of a legal claim or cause of action. To win a lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove every element of a legal claim. For example, here are the elements of a breach of contract claim: There was a valid contract. The plaintiff performed as specified by the contract. The defendant failed to perform as specified by the contract. The plaintiff suffered an economic loss as a result of the defendant's breach of contract.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

A legal category of worker defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The key to the definition is that, unlike employees, independent contractors retain control ... (more...)
A legal category of worker defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The key to the definition is that, unlike employees, independent contractors retain control over how the work they are hired to do gets done; the person or company paying the independent contractor controls only the outcome--the product or service.

HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION

An organization comprising neighbors concerned with managing the common areas of a subdivision or condominium complex. These associations take on issues such as... (more...)
An organization comprising neighbors concerned with managing the common areas of a subdivision or condominium complex. These associations take on issues such as salting and sanding a subdivision when it snows and collecting dues from residents. The homeowners' association is also responsible for enforcing any covenants, conditions & restrictions that apply to the property.

USUFRUCT

The right to use property -- or income from property -- that is owned by another.

APPRAISAL

A determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate... (more...)
A determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate by examining the property, and looking at the initial purchase price and comparing it with recent sales of similar property. Courts commonly order appraisals in probate, condemnation, bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings in order to determine the fair market value of property. Banks and real estate companies use appraisals to ascertain the worth of real estate for lending purposes. And insurance companies require appraisals to determine the amount of damage done to covered property before settling insurance claims.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Friends of Yamhill County v. BD. OF COMR'S

... construct nine additional houses on the property. That vesting determination qualified the property as subject to special zoning allowances under a law recently adopted by the voters. Petitioner Friends of Yamhill County (Friends ...

Bruner v. Josephine County

... At that time, the property was zoned for residential uses. The zoning allowed one-acre homesites. Following plaintiffs' acquisition of the property, the county downzoned the property to agricultural zoning. That zoning required an 80-acre minimum lot size for a residence. ...

FRIENDS OF YAMHILL CTY. v. YAMHILL CTY.

... Petitioner applied for a forest template dwelling, that is, she applied for permission to build a dwelling on her tract, in spite of its commercial forestry zoning. ... "(B) In compliance with all applicable planning, zoning and partitioning ordinances and regulations; or. ...