John Christopher Minor

John Christopher Minor

Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, PC
  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Municipal Law...
  • Oregon
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Summary

Physics Major Santa Clara University; Doctor of Jurisprudence Willamette University 1967, admitted to Oregon State Bar 1967, past president Oregon Association of City Attorneys, Past Chairman Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section, Continuing Legal Education Speaker. Main practice emphasis is real estate and business transactions.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
Author and Speaker
OSB
Current
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Education
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Santa Clara University
Physics, Philosophy
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Willamette University College of Law
B.S. | Law
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Awards
Member of the Year
Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Oregon State Bar
An annual award to a member of the Real Estate and Land Use Section who has contributed significantly to the activities of the Section.
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar # 670910
Member
Current
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Newport Rotary Club
Past President
Current
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American Red Cross, Lincoln County Chapter
Past President
Current
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Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Oregon State Bar
Member, Past President,
Current
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Oregon City Attorneys Association
Past President
Current
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Realtor-Lawyer (Joint Committee) Oregon State Bar
Past Chairman
Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered

Q. My father sold his home. He is now being sued for taxes that were not found at the closing of the sale. Is he responsibl
A: If these are taxes which he should have paid, he probably owes them nonetheless. However, it is strange that they were not discovered at the closing (since it was done through a title company). Usually, if it was something the title company missed, they would take care of the taxes for the insured buyer, and possibly pursue your dad. It is not possible to give any solid advice without know all the details.
Q. A guest of Condo A causes water to flow into Condo B. Is Condo A owner responsible for guest actions?
A: Depending on the declaration, bylaws and rules of the UOA, the insurance company may be right. But there is also the possibility that you might recover against the guest, or even against the owner on the theory that the owner was negligent in entrusting the unit to this particular guest (something of a stretch). I don't know if you have your own insurance protecting you against damage to the interior of your unit. Most condominium owners do and should have such insurance and, if so, put the matter in the hands of your own insurer. You might also check to see what kind of coverage the Association of Unit Owners has.
Q. Quit claim deed to add wife
A: I think you would be well advised to consult an attorney. Probably a bargain and sale deed would better suit your intention, but the way you word the granting clause can make a difference as to what type of interest she acquires. This is a job for a lawyer.
Q. MTM lease termination law vs signed agreement
A: The new laws take precedence.
Q. What happens if our landlord dies, we don't have a written agreement, & only proof of payment is cleared checks in OR?
A: YOu have the same rights as you would have had were the original landlord still living. If you pay your rent, the tenancy can be terminated only in the manner permitted by law, and if terminated, your deposit is fully refundable if you return the premises in good condition with all obligations paid.
Q. I sold my home and was in the process of moving out. The new owner changed the locks, am I liable for the debri removal?
A: If the new owner was the "new owner," and entitled to possession when he changed the locks, he has committed no wrong. The question is what does your sale agreement say about property which is left behind.
Q. I entered in to a verbal agreement purchasing a 10% ownership in a farm that was purchased together. is it enforceable?
A: I really don't understand the situation, but be aware: 1. The Oregon Statute of Frauds requires that an agreement to buy or sell property must be in writing and signed by the party to be bound. 2. In a rather interesting case, the Courts in Oregon determined that an agreement to create a joint venture, even though involving real estate, was not an agreement for the sale of real estate, and might be enforceable even though not in writing. 3. Even in the case of an agreement for the sale of real estate which is only verbal, the courts may nonetheless enforce the agreement if on party changed position, acting in reliance upon the promise of the other party. This is not something you can analyze yourself, or solve on the internet. Find a good lawyer.
Q. In a real estate purchase agreement, if the seller knowingly lies about an HOA's existence, what can the buyer do?
A: Title reports are issued so that a buyer can determine whether the condition of title is satisfactory, and gives the buyer a certain amount of time in which to object to the condition of title (including things like CC&R's which create an HOA). If everyone agrees that you can terminate the transaction, it seems like that is the remedy if the existence of an HOA matters that much.
Q. What are the steps to get our real property back from buyer who defaulted?
A: This is really not a do it yourself project. There are some very definite requirements in order to effect a forfeiture under a land sale contract or to foreclose. I always start by getting a foreclosure guarantee from a title company so I can know who may have or claim an adverse interest in the property other than the original buyer. Find a lawyer who handles this type of matter.
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