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Is it legal to let someone else vote on your behalf in Oregon if you sign the ballot?

John Smith doesn't care about voting. Is it legal for him to give his ballot to Jane Doe and let her vote, then have her give the ballot back to him so he can sign and submit it? Does it matter if ...
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What happens if multiple people inherit a copyright?

What happens if someone lists in his/her will that his/her estate will be equally divided among his/her children, and the estate includes a copyright (specifically to a music recording)? Do all heirs ...
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(Car accident) Is there a way to accept civil liability without incriminating yourself?

Someone I know it was driving recently when another driver ran a red light and hit them. The police were called, and the other driver admitted everything. In addition to being at fault for the ...
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Can a restaurant bypass Oregon's straw law by also selling boxes of straws?

It appears that a restaurant could very easily circumvent Oregon's plastic straw law (2019 SB90) by selling boxes of disposable plastic straws in addition to selling food and drink (with individual ...
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What happens if someone violates a political party's "contribution rules" (which might be laws, I'm not sure)?

The Oregon Republican Party's donation page lists rules, including: I am at least eighteen years old. I am not, nor am I making this contribution on behalf of, a corporation, labor organization, ...
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Could a contract make a Bible passage legally binding on the signers?

Suppose John Doe and James Smith, who are both Christians and members of the same church, sign a contract including the following clause: Any disputes between John Doe and James Smith shall be ...
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Can a minor use a phone through an in-vehicle infotainment system in Oregon?

This is a follow-up to Can a minor listen to phone navigation instructions while driving in Oregon?. If the minor is using a phone with a system such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and the screen ...
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Can you have a fiduciary duty to your own business?

If I am the sole member and manager of an LLC, do I have any fiduciary duty to the LLC? Would there be anything legally wrong with my intentionally wasting the company's money or doing something ...
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Would it be legal to build a self driving car?

If I wanted to build a self driving car, and had the money, equipment, and knowledge to do do, would it be legal? Could I take my hands off the wheel/feet off the pedals while driving, as long as I ...
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Is it legal to leave religious tracts in public places?

In Oregon, it it legal to leave religious tracts in public places? Would it be considered littering?
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Does Article 1 Section 3 of the Oregon Constitution give taxpayers the right to prevent their taxes from being used to fund abortion?

Section 3. Freedom of religious opinion. No law shall in any case whatever control the free exercise, and enjoyment of religeous [sic] opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience. — Could ...
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Is it legal to take and publish pictures in publicly accessible residential areas?

I'm thinking of doing something similar to Google Maps Street View, but focused on covering as many roads as possible in one local area, rather than major roads in as wide of an area as possible. Is ...
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People passing me on the right

When turning onto my driveway from a road (when the driveway is on the left so I have to wait for an opening in the oncoming traffic lane), I often have to stop in the road for at least a few seconds, ...
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Is the "questionably legal maneuver" from XKCD 207 actually legal?

XKCD 207 shows a driver turning right on a red light, making a U-turn, then turning right again, in order to bypass a red light. Is this actually legal in Oregon?
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Is it legal to turn across a double solid yellow line?

Is this a legal turn in Oregon? The single lane road is a private driveway and the two lane road is Highway 101. What about California?
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Is it necessary for a minor to show a driving log when obtaining a driver license?

In Oregon, a minor who has not completed a driver education course needs to obtain an instruction permit and complete 100 hours of driving supervised by a person 21 years old or older who has been a ...
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Can an LLC own itself in Oregon?

Can a manager-managed LLC be its own sole member in Oregon? (I would assume it couldn't be member-managed, because in that case, nobody could manage it.) If so, how would you do this? Could the ...
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Could an adult theoretically use a laptop while driving in Oregon if it was controlling an amateur radio station?

ORS 811.507 seems to indicate that an adult with an amateur radio license could legally use a laptop while driving, as long as it was used solely to control an amateur radio station. Obviously this is ...
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Can a minor listen to phone navigation instructions while driving in Oregon?

If a minor set up (for example) Google Maps voice navigation while parked, then started driving (listening to the phone's instructions), then parked at the destination and turned the navigation off, ...
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Can a minor possess a handgun on private property in Oregon?

Can a minor possess a handgun on private property in Oregon (outside any city limits) with the consent of his parents and the property owner?
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Memberships can be canceled without reason and without refund?

There's a club that sells paid memberships. In the application, it says upfront that the club can cancel memberships at any time, without reason and without giving a refund. Is this really an ...
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Oregon: multi-car crash fault distribution

If the driver of car A causes a crash with car B, which causes car B to suddenly stop, and then car B is rear-ended by car C, is A fully responsible for the damages to B, or does C share in some of ...
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Could an undercover police officer sign a contract?

Could an undercover police officer sign a contract as part of an investigation (for example, to gain access to a location)? If they signed it using their real name, would the contract be binding on ...
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How do I convert a partnership to a sole proprietorship?

My wife and I have a partnership for a small business (cash flow < $50k/year in either direction), registered in Oregon, USA. She died recently; I am her sole heir. Her will and the partnership ...
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Can you demand payment on a documented personal loan with no due date?

I loaned my sister $5000. She signed a note that says "I owe you $5,000 to be paid back sometime" She lives in Oregon I would like to enforce this now and get repaid soon. I could wait ...
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What Privacy Protections Does an Employee Reporting Sexual Harassment Have in Oregon?

Several discussions I’ve had recently about a series of events have made me wonder about some of the legal issues they raise. I was fortunate not to be personally involved, and don’t need advice on ...
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Oregon landlord consigning fees to a collection agency / attorney

A question regarding a Oregon landlord consigning fees to a collection agency / attorney. ORS 90.100 (15) defines a fee as “a nonrefundable payment of money”. Oregon revised Statute (ORS) 90.302 (1) ...
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Fireworks just got banned. Are people entitled to return them?

My state just announced that fireworks are banned this year due to high risk of fire. Unfortunately, they announced it too late, and some tents have already opened and some people have already bought ...
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How to Search Convictions by Statute Section

Where online can one find a database of convictions that allows one to search convictions by statute section? I am in Oregon, and am trying to find conviction records held by state court or government ...
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Deed creating the estate by the entirety - should I put $0 for the amount?

I am adding my wife to the house deed using "deed creating the estate by the entirety." The document says I am giving her 50% ownership in exchange for: $______ property:___________ and ...
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Would it be illegal to make a fake police car?

Suppose there were an eccentric millionaire who really wants people to drive safely around her. Could she make a fake police car and drive around in it? She would never pull anyone over or directly ...
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What kind of documents can be eSigned?

What kind of documents are eSign legal in the US, specifically Oregon? This grows out of Are Digital Signatures legally valid? Do keys need to be published? where @Nbice369 asked this in an answer.
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How would I claim an abandoned car I found on my property I want to restore?

I do not own the title or have any registration but it’s been sitting in the woods for at least 5 years. I want to restore it but I don’t want to invest money and not be able to own it. This is in the ...
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Do step-parents have any legal obligation to their step-children?

Suppose Billy marries Suzie and they have a son, Bobby. Then Suzie dies. Billy remarries Bonnie and Billy, Bonnie, and Bobby live together as a family for years, but Bonnie never adopts Bobby. Then ...
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Is it illegal for a store to advertise a product and then never sell it?

Suppose (Store) is planning to sell (Product) at price $N. (Store) puts up a display inside the store for (Product), say an image and a price tag. (Product) is correctly listed as out of stock and (...
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Is it legal to secretly record audio of a housemate in their shared home?

My housemate claims to have made a secret video and audio recording of me and shown it to someone else. I'm not really concerned about the contents of the supposed video going public, but this ...
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Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution?

Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution? I’m putting this in for Oregon, but I’m also curious about other jurisdictions. There have been numerous advances in “teledildonics." Let’s just say for the ...
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Is there any american law which ensures a lesser penalty to a pawn than to the mastermind of a crime?

I'm writing a story and I would like a more realistic approach on the plot. The point is: there is a lawyer doing bad things (because a mix of love and money) and he must (following orders) write all ...
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Is there ANY legal speed on the freeway?

Suppose there is a stretch of freeway where the speed limit is 55 mph but traffic is traveling at about 65 mph (which sometimes happens in the area I’m thinking of). If you drive any speed over 55, ...
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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

Recently had an issue with a honeybee hive and a beekeeper said to me "It's illegal to kill honeybees". Not completely believing this at face value, I did a little digging. My research seems to show ...
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Does Prepaying the Last Month of Rent Lock in the Rate?

Suppose A rents a property to B for six months. Initially, the rent is $500 per month, but A requires first and last upfront, so B pays $1000 plus deposit to move in. During month 4, A raises the ...
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Is it legal to kill or trap a skunk in Oregon?

Do you need a permit? I’ve exhausted my search and don’t have a good resource. Is something like this county-by-county?
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Clarification of "per stirpes"

If it matters, this is in the US state of Oregon. If we bequeath equal shares of something to our two children per stirpes, is his/her spouse automatically included, or only their children?
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What is the minimum penalty for a class A misdemeanor in the states of Missouri and Oregon?

The maxiumum jail time is listed on such sites: https://romanolawpc.com/misdemeanor-crimes-oregon/ https://carvercantin.com/missouri-misdemeanor/#class-a but the minimum jail time/fines are not listed ...
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How do you pass a DUI test if you're just clumsy?

I never drink or do drugs, but I have tried the "heel-to-toe straight line" test and the "raise your foot for 30 seconds" test, and I find both of them to be difficult or impossible. I have seen ...
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Football field in park being upgraded - rights of neighbouring property owners?

We live in Portland, Oregon (USA), in a neighborhood next to a high school which has an adjoining football field. The field is in a publicly accessible park. There is a proposal from the school ...
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When Does A Vehicle in Repossession Status Become GTA?

My question is when does a vehicle in repossession status become Grand Theft Auto? I'm an IT professional living in Oregon where I work for a gov't agency. Around January 2019, my co-worker, "Joe" ...
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Connecting to a Network Equals Consent?

We have been presented with a proposed license agreement that claims that connecting to our organization's WiFi network constitutes consent for them to perform surveillance and install spyware on our ...
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Oregon v Newcomb: warrantless searches for animal welfare

Oregon v. Newcomb: A dog is personal property under Oregon law. However, Oregon law simultaneously limits ownership and possessory rights in ways that it does not for inanimate property. Live ...
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Executor Pink Slip [closed]

How much time do I have to contest that an estate executor is accurately reporting the value of the estate and distributing the assets in accordance with the will? Jurisdiction: Oregon, US ...
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