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Taking Stock of Resources at the OSB for the General Public and Oregon Lawyers

December 3, 2018
by Sheila Blackford

Have you stopped to take stock of the resources available to the general public and for Oregon lawyers at the Oregon State Bar? There is a wealth of resources offered for free or for an affordable cost. Now is the perfect time to take stock of what is available to the general public that can be very useful for your clients and for your staff. And though you may know about BarBooks and Fast Case legal research, you may not be as familiar with the OSB Lawyer Resources.

OSB Resources for the Public

These resources are located on the green menu bar on the OSB website and grouped into the following areas:

Public Legal Information – on the Public Legal Information home page, you can access the publication, “Legal Issues for Older Adults, an Oregon Information and Reference Guide 2017 edition.” Purchase a copy for $10 in the Online Bookstore. You may also download the entire document, available below in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, or Vietnamese.

Legal Information Topics - general legal information on a variety of topic categories is provided as a public service by Oregon's lawyers. Topic categories include:

 Getting Legal Help – many times you may need to refer potential clients and staff to other sources of legal help. Resources available include:
Lawyer Referral Service
8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
503-684-3763; toll-free in Oregon 1-800-452-7636
LRS maintains lists of lawyers according to areas of law and geographic area and makes referrals on a rotating basis among lawyers on the list.
Modest Means Program
8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
503-684-3763; toll-free in Oregon 1-800-452-7636
Affordable legal assistance in family law, criminal defense, foreclosure, and landlord/tenant matters for moderate-income Oregonians. Initial 30-min. consultation $35.
Problem Solvers Oregon
8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
503-684-3763; toll-free in Oregon 1-800-452-7636
Free legal information and advice is available to any young person between the ages of 13 and 17. Volunteer attorneys agree to provide a free 30-min. consultation
Working with a Lawyer
Information on finding the right lawyer, Hiring a Lawyer, and understanding Lawyers’ Fees.
Do-it-Yourself Legal Information
Information about Restraining Order Hearings, Small Claims Court, and Summary Dissolution.
Low Cost Legal Help
Information about Child Support Services, Legal Aid, Public Defender Services, Public Interest/Law School Clinics.
Military Assistance Panel 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
503-684-3763; toll-free in Oregon 1-800-452-7636
Matches deployed service members and their dependents with lawyers willing to provide up to 2 hours of legal advice at no charge. Our lawyer volunteers have been trained to provide legal assistance relating to the Service members' Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and are also able to help with a wide range of other legal matters.
Unlawful Practice of Law
A person who is not an active member of the Oregon State Bar, but appears in court on behalf of others, drafts or selects legal documents, advises others of legal rights, acts as an immigration consultant, holds him or herself out to be a lawyer, or has a law office in Oregon, regardless of where his or her clients are located, may be engaged in the Unlawful Practice of Law.
Notario Fraud
Unscrupulous "notarios" or "immigration consultants" have become an increasingly serious problem in Oregon's immigrant communities. Notarios often advertise that they are qualified to help immigrants obtain lawful status, or perform legal functions such as drafting wills or other legal documents, even though Oregon law prohibits them from doing so. The advisory opinion "Immigration Practice: Notarios, Translators, and Accredited Representatives", available in English and Spanish, outlines the law on who can provide immigration legal advice.
Client Services
Free legal information for low-income Oregonians. Information provided in a number of languages.
Public Member Volunteer Opportunities Public members play a vital role on several Oregon State Bar boards and committees by helping the Board of Governors understand the views, opinions, and concerns of the public. This is an invaluable part of the state bar governance and allows a broader perspective as we work to support a healthy, effective justice system in Oregon.

 OSB Resources for Lawyers