OSB Professional Liability Fund

A Message to our Oregon Legal Community in Response to the Wildfires

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September 11, 2020
by Tanya Hanson

We recognize that the current crisis due to wildfires and the state of emergency in Oregon are causing untold harm and concern for many of you and your families. This crisis comes during an already challenging situation in our global health crisis, which has and continues to affect the lives and law practices of so many in our community.

We understand that these are very difficult times, and we want to remind you that the Professional Liability Fund is here to help and has numerous resources available to assist you.

Practice Management Assistance

We have three practice management attorneys (PMAs) available to assist you by phone, email, or video conference. For contact information and background, visit our website at www.osbplf.org or call 503.639.6911.

The PLF has compiled risk management resources and help for lawyers affected by the fires, from evacuation preparedness to county-specific information. The resource is available here.

For the latest information about court closures, visit https://www.courts.oregon.gov/Pages/default.aspx. Additionally, the state of Oregon has created a wildfire resources page, which you can find at https://wildfire.oregon.gov/.

For information on how to protect your practice against disaster, read this inPractice blog post on disaster planning: https://www.osbplf.org/inpractice/protect-your-practice-against-disaster/.

Potential Claims Concerns

If you are concerned that you have made an error in one of your cases, you can also reach a PLF claims attorney by calling 503.639.6911.

Personal Assistance

The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) attorney counselors are available to help in this time of crisis 24 hours a day, and remain available to members of our community by phone, email, or videoconference. This includes support groups, recovery meetings, and counseling sessions. You can reach an attorney counselor at 503.226.1057. You can find additional information about OAAP resources at https://oaap.org.

If you have other questions or need assistance, please call us at 503.639.6911. We will direct your call to the staff member who can best help you. We are all here to help you. Please reach out so we can be of assistance during this challenging time.

We wish you good health and safety.