Below are proposed legislative concepts for the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Law Improvement Program for the 2023 Oregon legislative session. These proposals were reviewed and adopted by the OSB Board of Governors and will be submitted to the Oregon Legislature’s Office of Legislative Counsel for drafting.
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2023 Oregon State Bar Board of Governors Draft Legislative Proposals for Consideration:
- Oregon State Bar Board of Governors Omnibus Bill
- Allow a public member of the Board of Governors to serve as the Oregon State Bar President.
- Oregon State Bar Board of Governors Licensed Paralegals – Placeholder
2023 Oregon State Bar Law Section and Committee Draft Legislative Proposals for Consideration:
APPELLATE LAW SECTION:
- Update to the Proof of Mail Requirement – Amend ORS 19.260(1)(a) to allow an appellant to take advantage of the mailing rule for filing notices of appeal in a manner that provides clear rules of litigants and reduces burdens on the appellate courts to accept first-class mail filings.
CONSUMER LAW SECTION:
- Arbitration and the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure (ORCP) 54(E) – Revise ORS 36.425(6) to clarify that the arbitrator may consider and determine the effect of a ORCP 54 offer of judgement on the attorney fees and costs after submitting the arbitration award to the court
DEBTOR/CREDITOR LAW SECTION:
- Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA) – Adopt the amended language from the Uniform Law Commission found in the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act to update the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. These amendments update the UFTA to: (1) clarify that non-fraudulent transfers can still be covered hence voidable; (2) specify that creditors bear the burden of proof, except as to defenses; and (3) implement a predicable choice-of-law rule.
ELDER LAW SECTION:
- Notary and Witness Requirements – Modernize the Declaration for Mental Health Treatment and Appointment of Person to Make Decisions Concerning Disposition of Remains to also allow for a notary or witnesses. This update will provide greater access to these critical tools for maintaining agency when one cannot speak for themselves.
ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION SECTION:
- Estate Planning & Administration Section Omnibus Proposal – Modify the current law to allow a petition to be filed requesting a court order authorizing the transfer of assets from the settlor’s name to the trust when there is evidence of intent that the assets be held in the trust, that there is a Will that names the trust as the sole beneficiary, and if creditors and DHS are not harmed. Possible clarification of the process for determining parentage in ORS 112.105.
- Publication of Notice – Update the requirements for Publication of Notice for Interested Persons found in in ORS 113.115.
Last updated: August 3, 2022