A Power of Attorney (POA) is a document in which you authorize a specific person (or persons) to act on your behalf in certain situations. The designated person is called your “attorney-in- fact”. A POA needs to be in writing, witnessed, and notarized. POAs can be used for finances, health care, and custody of minor… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   The YWCA has identified the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and for good reason. The organization reports that a person is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes. That includes both women and men! This alarming rate of abuse demands that we help… Read more »

Outhier Selected as Lawyer of Distinction Outhier & Caruthers, PLLC is pleased to announce that Partner Philip J. Outhier has been certified as a member of The Lawyers of Distinction. The Lawyers of Distinction is recognized as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to the top 10%… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   Unwanted phone calls can be annoying. I occasionally receive them on my home land line but lately they occur with more frequency on my cell phone. Worse yet, I also receive annoying text messages. Frequently, the caller is seeking to make me a loan, advising me of an… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier Attorney at Law   On January 26, 2015, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a multi-million dollar jury verdict against a nonprofit organization’s directors and officers, including the entry of a punitive damage award against the organization’s officers. The unanimous three-judge panel opinion suggests that nonprofit… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   With the recent downturn in the economy, more lenders are turning to loan modification and restructuring when borrowers are faced with financial hardship and foreclosure. While the modification varies by lender, it generally involves a change in mortgage rate, term and monthly payment of the loan with past… Read more »

Jessica L. Caruthers, Attorney at Law   Oklahoma is an “employment-at-will” state. This means an employee, with minimal exceptions, can choose to quit his or her job at any time. This also means that an employer, with a few exceptions, can terminate an employee’s job at any time. I frequently tell potential clients this means… Read more »

Jessica L. Caruthers, Attorney at Law   The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law allowing eligible employees to take unpaid leave from their jobs for specific reasons, with guaranteed reinstatement. Employers must comply with the FMLA if they have 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks in the current… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   When charged with a crime in the state of Oklahoma, the matter can be resolved in three different ways. The matter may be dismissed by the prosecuting attorney if he or she finds that the evidence is not sufficient to go forward to trial. In addition, the matter… Read more »