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Harris Law Firm, PC

ERISA Lawyer | Serving Portland, OR

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503-894-6981

Harris Law Firm Has Four Office Locations in Portland, Hillsboro, and Tualatin. Free Parking and Easy Access throughout the Portland Metro Area

Portland ERISA Information

Employee Retirement Income Security Act

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a body of federal law that guards against mismanagement and misuse of pension and health insurance plan funds. The act establishes rules for the two plans, requires that employees receive plan information, and gives employees the right to sue if the company denies benefits or breaches its fiduciary duties.

ERISA Issues

ERISA legislation is complicated and difficult to understand, and so are the various pension and health insurance plans it regulates. Without specific knowledge you are at a disadvantage and your rights may suffer. It is in your best interest to consult a Portland lawyer who handles ERISA cases.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney?

In general, how much an attorney costs will often depend on these four factors: billing method and pricing structure, type of legal work performed, law firm prestige, and attorney experience. Depending on the legal issue you are facing, an attorney may bill you by the hour, settle on a flat fee, or enter into a contingency fee agreement. The type of legal work you need help with will also play a role in cost incurred.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Portland, OR

Multnomah County Courthouse

1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3957 

Multnomah County Justice Center

1120 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3689

U.S. District Court of the District of Oregon, Portland Division

1000 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 326-8000