March 2010

The North Umpqua Foundation

The first 2010 meeting of The North Umpqua Foundation ("TNUF") Board of Directors was held at the Steamboat Inn on March 21st.

The meeting was highlighted by the presentation by Michael Love of Michael Love and Associates of Eureka, California of its Design Recommendations for improving fish passage at Steamboat Falls.   Steamboat Creek is one of the most important spawning streams for the North Umpqua River.


Financial Elder Abuse in Humboldt County

Humboldt County’s elderly and dependent adults need to be aware of the protections from elder abuse, including financial elder abuse, provided by California Law.   The California Legislature, through the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (“EADACPA”) has provided the framework for protecting against the financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult.


Legal/Tax Issues in Short Sales/Foreclosures

Lately, much has been written and talked about in the news regarding real property short sales and foreclosures.  Federal and state law have also been changing in an attempt to assist homeowners who find themselves "under water" and burdened with excessive mortgage debt.  When faced with a foreclosure, a homeowner has various options and may be assisted by advice from an attorney.


Get it in Writing

If you want an agreement to be enforceable, get it in writing.  Of course, coming from an attorney, you probably expect that advice.  However this little pearl of wisdom would not be repeated so often if it weren’t useful.  Legally, promises or agreements that you exchange with another are classified as contracts and certain types of contracts can be unenforceable if they are not in writing.  This principle is known as the Statute of Frauds and prevents one from simply inventing agreements or terms that were never actually agreed upon.  Sterling v. Taylor, 40 Cal.