When can minors give consent to medical treatment without a parent/guardian?

Oregon law states that minors who are at least 15 years of age can consent to a variety of medical services without consent from a parent or legal guardian (ORS 109.640). 109.640).

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Please feel free to take a look at these links.

Please also note that there may have been changes to this area of law since each of these summaries were published.





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How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” Anne Frank

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Invited to Podcast on Dads Who Diaper

Hi Michelle-Shari,
I hope you’re having a great week! Just wanted to let you know the
podcast and post is up! I want to thank you again for helping us and
being apart of our “team”. Hope you like it, I’ve pasted the link below.
Twitter: @dadswhodiaper
Facebook: facebook.com/dadswhodiaper
Disney Baby: http://www.disneybaby.com/contributors/chad-carter/

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Who can serve as a witness to a will?

Why do I need Witnesses when I sign my will?

Witnesses help verify the authenticity of a document as your will. Witnesses can also testify that you were of sound mind and are fully aware of the creation of your will and that you were aware of its contents at the time of your signature. Your witnesses do not need to know what is contained in your will.


What is required of a witness to a will?

Other than signing the will stating that they witnessed it, they may be called upon to testify if the will is ever contested. Your witnesses must be competent themselves so they can validate the will if it is being contested.

Who can serve as a witness to a will?

If a witness stands to gain in any way or is named as a beneficiary of the will, they cannot serve as a witness. You should only choose someone as a witness who does not have a conflict of interest or potential bias.

How many witnesses are required?

Here in Oregon…two. 

What does “publication” of the will mean?

“Publication” is the act of physically showing your will to your witnesses or “making it public.”

When and how do witnesses sign a will?

Witnesses are required to sign the will in your presence and you must realize and acknowledge that they are signing your will. Your witnesses should view your signature on your will.


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Thank you Dads Who Diaper (http://www.dadswhodiaper.com) for asking me to weigh in: PARENTING How to Pick a Guardian for your Child July 8, 2014 by Chad

In celebrating the birth and life of a brand new baby, one of the last things (if not at all) on the minds of parents is the idea of picking a guardian for your child(ren) in case of a tragedy.

If it’s your first child you may never have discussed the idea of who may care for your new bouncing baby if you and your spouse were to die. It’s a conversation that isn’t easy to have at any time, but one that could become one of the most important things you do as a parent. Planning ahead and putting your wishes on paper can make a significant impact on your child’s life. In addition, to providing comfort and peace of mind for you.

Choosing a guardian for some may be easy, for others difficult. Spouses often have differing perspectives and ideas about who should become legal guardians, and family can play no small role as well.

Attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss, specializes in estate planning and says start with a list.

“When considering whether someone should be on the list, ask yourself, ‘would they provide a better home for my children than the foster care system?’” While most people you know would likely fall into the “yes” category, take it a step further. List the factors you and your spouse feel are most important in raising your children.

Kruss suggests considering these and more.

Child-rearing philosophy
Presence of children in home already
Interest in and relationship with your children
Ability to meet physical demands of child care
Religion or spirituality
Marital or family status
Social and moral habits and values
Willingness to adopt your children
Using those criteria along with your own, you can match each factor with your list of potential guardians to help narrow those who you may choose. If even after all of this, you still are having trouble selecting just one couple or person, Kruss suggests consider a “Guardianship Panel.”

“The panel can consist of family members, loved ones and trusted friends who will decide together as a group who would be the best guardian for your children when and if the time comes.”

You alone are the only ones who can truly decide who is best to potentially raise your children. While the topic is not one new or established parents want to discus, keeping your family together and cared for is an important step parents must consider as they enter the most joyous time of their lives.

You can find more on guardianship and family law from Michelle-Shari Kruss on her blog here.



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A client quote.

“It was overwhelming to think through all of these scenarios, but comforting to see the start of a plan in place”.  Thank you Michelle-Shari for helping us help our family.

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Please take the time to choose a Guardian for your children!

Please take the time to choose a Guardian for your children!

What Every Parent Should Know About Wills and Trusts
Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law
Our children are our greatest treasures, yet far to many parents don’t have a will. And for those who have done their drafting so many have made at least one of the 10 most common mistakes that leave their children and estate at risk.

Please let me know if you want me to send over a quick list to make sure that you, your spouse/partner and most of all, those who depend on you to help them since they cannot help themselves (your children and your pets) have at least the basics covered.

A child never needs to be alone.

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