Katherine Goodman

Katherine Goodman

Stevens & Legal
  • Employment Law, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury
  • Oregon
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A native of Minnesota, she attended law school in Indiana where she held a clerkship with the Marshall Superior Court in Plymouth, Indiana. Heading west on the Oregon Trail, she earned a masters in law degree from Lewis & Clark College of Law in Portland before starting to practice law in Oregon.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Oregon State Bar
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Stevens & Legal
- Current
Senior Associate Attorney
Senft Legal
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Paralegal
Epiq
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Governmental Relations Extern
ASPCA
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Judicial Clerk
Marshall County Courthouse
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Education
Lewis & Clark Law School
LL.M. (2018) | Animal Law
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Valparaiso University
J.D. (2016) | Law
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Bethel University & Seminary
B.S. (2011) | Biology
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Bethel University & Seminary
B.A. (2011) | Environmental Studies
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Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar # 181303
Member
Current
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Oregon State Bar Association
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Multnomah Bar Assocation
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Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. Animal Control came and took my service animals. Is there something that I can do to get them back?
A: To give you a proper answer, it will be important to know why your animals were taken by Animal Control.
Q. Can my landlord force me into month-to-month at the end of my lease? (Lane County, OR)
A: Generally a fixed term lease becomes a month to month at the end of its term. However, you should read your lease agreement for terms of what happens at the end of the fixed term. You should also read the your lease for the terms of vacating as you have to give your notice in writing or within a certain time frame. Generally, this is 30 days. If you are unsure of the terms of your lease, you should consult a landlord-tenant attorney. Good luck.
Q. How do I evict a person with only a verbal agreement for rent that lives in a travel trailer at the place I live/own.
A: Has the person paid any rent since they have been there and what evidence do you have documenting the payment? Do you have any documentation in writing asking for rent? Additionally, more information needs to be known to give you a satisfactory answer. What type of tenancy was the agreement for i.e. week to week, month to month or for a fixed term. ORS 90.394 talks about terminating the tenancy for nonpayment of rent. If there is no proof of the agreement you will have to look into ejectment. In either situation, I would reach out to a local landlord-tenant attorney, to help you walk through your options. Good luck.
Q. Can I do a no cause eviction in Lincoln City, OR if I own the property, live in one unit and rent out the other unit?
A: Depends on a lot of factors such as how long the person as been living there, if the tenant has a month to month lease or a fixed term lease (generally 1 year) and potential other factors based on whether it is a fixed term lease or a month to month lease. I would recommend contacting a local landlord-tenant attorney to help you walk through all your options as an landlord and to make sure that you are following the law. Good luck.
Q. Do I need a divorce decree to remove a tenant who has left the marriage, and the apartment, off a lease?
A: If you are a landlord with a valid lease agreement with the tenant then you will need to evict the tenant for cause. However, there are a lot variables that would need to be known before giving you more advise if you are the landlord. If you are not the landlord and you are just the roommate, the landlord can only get rid of the roommate. Either way more information is needed to make sure that you get a satisfactory answer to your question. Good luck.
Q. Do i have to get a court ordered eviction if a renter has abandoned rental? Can i just take the place back???
A: IF the rental agreement requires your tenant to give actual notice to the landlord of an anticipated extended absence in excess of 7 days as permitted by Oregon law, ORS 90.340 and tenant willfully failed to do so you can recover actual damages. If your tenant as actually abandoned the dwelling unit you must make a reasonable effort to rent it for fair rental view. If you rent the unit for a term beginning before the expiration of the original tenant's expiration of the rental agreement, the rental agreement is terminated on the date of the new tenancy of the new tenant. Additionally, if you fail to make reasonable efforts to rent the unit at a fair rate or if you accept the abandonment as a surrender, the rental agreement with the original tenant is terminated by you on the date you knew or should have known about the abandonment. Which can limit the amount of damages you can receive IF the tenant did leave any personal property/ belongings in the unit you are required by Oregon Law you are responsible for any of it that has been left. You should review ORS 90.425 to make sure that you are following the law in regard to any property that the tenant left. Thus, prior to storing, selling or disposing of tenant's personal property you must give a written notice to the tenant that must be personally delivered to the tenant or sent by first class mail addressed and mailed to tenant at: 1) the premises, 2) Any PO box held by the tenant and that you actually know about; AND 3) most recent forwarding address if provided by tenant or actually known to landlord. Please note that law was recently changed. IF you are unsure about notice and dealing with the property, sending accounting paperwork, and making sure the property as been abandoned or surrender I would recommend talking with a local landlord and tenant attorney.
Q. is a 72 hour notice to pay or quit for non payment of rent valid if landlord did not date it when posted and mailed
A: If you mean that your notice did not specify the date and time by which you, tenant, must pay the rent to cure the nonpayment of rent, then yes the notice is not valid. It is recommended that you pay your rent as well, if you have not already. If this does not completely answer your question, additional information will be needed to make sure you get the answer you are looking for. Good luck.
Q. My landlord waited until I paid rent, then gave me 30 days. Does he owe me prorated rent once I move out?
A: To give you the best answer to your question, additional information is needed. What did your landlord give you 30-days for? e.g. eviction. Additionally, what type of lease do you have? e.g. month-to-month or a 1 year. Moreover, is this for a residential or commercial lease? With more information an attorney can give you better advice. Good luck.
Q. What is the law regarding the eviction process in wa .for clean and sober housing
A: You will need to talk to a landlord and tenant attorney that is licensed and practices in the State of Washington. Your question was posted for Oregon. You should re-post your question into Washington. Good luck
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