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Joanne Reisman

Joanne Reisman
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Personal Injury...
  • Oregon
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Portland Legal Services specializes in Personalized Advocacy. This is a full service civil law firm. We cross specialize in several related areas of the law which means that we can offer you comprehensive solutions to difficult issues that require knowledge in several legal sub-specialties. We can help you with issues in the areas of: Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Support), Paternity, Bankruptcy (Chapter 7), Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law (Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, , Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Small Business, Real Estate, and Civil Litigation. If you don't see your problem area listed here, please contact us to see if it is something we also cover. Please use the case evaluation link on our web page to get a free initial evaluation.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Divorce
  • Bankruptcy
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Civil
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Sole Practicioner
Joanne Reisman
- Current
Associate Lawyer
Shannon and Johnson
Associate Lawyer
Case and Dusterhoff
Associate Lawyer
Harrington Anderson and DeBlasio
Law Clerk
Darrel Lee Law Office
Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Am Jur Award Remedies
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.S. | Business/Economics
Honors: Cum Laude
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Am Jur Award for Remedies
Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College
This award was for receiving the highest overall score in the class on remedies.
Professional Associations
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
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Oregon State Bar # 833832
- Current
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Washington County Bar Association
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Multnomah Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
The Family Law Section of the Oregon State Bar
Representing the Immigrant Client in Bankruptcy
Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Suing public bodies as defendants in Automobile Accident Cases, the importance of Tort Claims Notices
Recreational Marijuana use by a parent and related considerations in child custody disputes.
Property Division and Unmarried Couples, a Cautionary Tale!
Tax refunds and Bankruptcy
Changes in Oregon Insurance Law in 2016 now allow you to get the full benefit of your UM/UIM insurance coverage.
Legal Answers
595 Questions Answered

Q. If a neihbor on our HOA property rides a bike with no helmet and gets injured can the HOA and/or we be sued?
A: Premises liability is very complicated. The best thing you can to is to make sure you have good home owner's insurance and high policy limits. Oregon law requires children to wear helmets but it is really up to the parents to enforce this. You are not liable for what children do or the parents do. You might be liable for hazards on your property that cause someone to have an accident. So if there are cracks in the pavement which cause a bicycle crash - you could be liable for the cracked pavement and the resulting bicycle crash but the failure to wear a helmet would be contributory negligence on the part of the child and their parents. As the property owner you could just make a rule that there is no bicycle riding on your property unless helmets are worn. Tell the children they need to walk their bicycles when they are on your property if they aren't wearing helmets. Go and talk to their parents. I guess if they won't comply your only recourse is to say they can't come over.
Q. a Statutory Bargain and Sale Agreement includes this sentence: "Members of the XXXX families and their heirs shall be
A: No responsible lawyer would give legal advice in this manor. A lawyer needs to read the entire document and learn what the background story is that gave rise to the document in the first place. Take the deed to a lawyer along with any other relevant documents and get proper legal advice.
Q. Dtatus Quo Order not being follows by wife. Nothing I can do?!
A: Your lawyer should set a date for a hearing to determine temporary custody and temporary parenting time. But it is likely that your wife will also ask for temporary child and spousal support. This isn't just about her moving to her parents house. It is about transitioning from married to divorced. Your wife needs time to figure out where she is going to live and how she is going to survive financially. Instead of focusing on the technicalities of the status quo order and how to punish your wife, try to look at the reality of the situation. You are going from one household with one set of bills to two households with two sets of bills. If your wife gets a job then you will also be looking at the expensive cost of child care while you both work. It is possible that her living with her parents will save you a ton of money. Maybe this can be just temporary while she goes back to school and builds up her job skills so you aren't burdened with paying spousal support until your child reaches age 18. These are just educated guesses because I really don't know the facts of your specific case. But moves back to stay with family during a divorce are pretty common and sometimes financially necessary. Also keep in mind that a Judge will also evaluate the practicalities of the situation when the matter is heard by the court. One things that Judges appreciate is when parents in conflicted divorce situations try to work calmly and objectively to find practical solutions to a difficult situation.
Q. If a previous property owner planted hedges on a neighbor's property, as a new owner am I responsible for removing them?
A: If you haven't closed on the property show the letter to the seller and let them deal with it.
Q. My aunt was the personal representative and the court removed her as the person pr. Is she entitled to the full pr fee?
A: This isn't something that can be answered by reading your post on Justia. The PR fees is normally requested as part of an accounting and the court has to approve it. It isn't automatic. Anyone entitled to notice of the accounting can file an objection and state their reasons for their objection. Then the court will make a decision.
Q. The Division of Child Support say's I owe over $16.000 dollars in back child support. How can I find out if that is true
A: Retrace the payments you made then request a printout of the payments processed by the division of child support and compare the two. If you paid by check then go back to your bank and get bank records. If your payments were from wage withholding then go back to your employer and request your payroll records. Remember that the division of child support will only have records of payments that were processed by them. If you paid your ex directly you will have to prove the payments unless your ex is willing to admit to the payments you made to her. But ultimately you can request a proceeding before a Judge to issue a satisfaction of judgment for the payments you made and that will force the child support division to correct their records.
Q. Ex is currently leasing marital home from me. Can I force her to just sell the house?
A: The answer really depends on what your divorce judgment said with respect to the house. If you weren't married then maybe you need to resolve this with a dissolution of a domestic partnership proceeding.
Q. Can my ex-husband dictate who can and cannot administer ADHD meds to our son in my home?
A: Generally speaking the custodial parent makes the decisions about day to day care of the child and does not need the other parents consent. But I don't know what your custody/parenting time order says so that may or may not follow this general rule. You can always go to court and get a Judge to rule on this question but that does seem to be a bit excessive. Your ex husband as a parent has the right to be concerned and maybe the better way to deal with this is to help make him more comfortable with a solution that you can both live with. There is some concern that Adderal which is a type of amphetamine, can be abused and addictive. My suggestion would be that you both make an appointment to talk to a family counselor or family mediator or the school counselor and calmly discuss the issue and find the solution that you can both live with. Probably the main concern is keeping the drug from falling into the wrong hands or being incorrectly administered to your child. One solution would be to use what is called a pill safe so that only the prescribed dose can be removed at the prescribed time every day. That would insure that you niece is following the correct dosage. Another possibility would be to see if the school nurse to administer the morning dose? I seriously doubt that the district attorney would turn this into a criminal matter but my educated guess is that your husband will file to modify the parenting plan to get specific rulings from the Judge on this. The father is obviously concerned and honestly, that's a good thing even though it may be annoying for you. I usually get complaints from mothers who say that the father doesn't make an effort to be involved with their children. At least this father is concerned and involved although possibly too much so. Amazon has a variety of locked pill safes that you might want to consider: FYI - you don't get an associate degree when you graduate from high school. An associate degree comes when you finish two years of college or community college.
Q. i saw the runaway laws when ur 17 the law cant do anything? In oregon
A: You are a minor under your parents custody and care until you are age 18. Running away isn't a crime but it is a situation that is a safety concern for the minor child so the authorities can intervene and take the juvenile into protective care. That said, sometimes older children end up living on the streets if the system fails to provide a place for them or they just keep running away. It is illegal for another adult to shelter a juvenile when the parents want the child returned. That is called custodial interference. So if you run away you may end up in a dangerous situation living on the streets. My best advice is to stick it out living at home until you are age 18 and legally an adult. If living at home is dangerous for you in anyway, then call DHS and tell them about the danger or abuse you are suffering and get yourself placed in a foster home until you turn 18. Please don't think there is anything glamorous about street life. That would be a very big mistake.
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