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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: I am personal representative, my sister filed for probate and appt of pr court docs show listed as pr b4 being appointe

What can i do as I also was on deed with mom w/right of survivorship and she listed my house as estate property I was owner. Paid taxes insurance everything

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Jan 8, 2024

Real estate that is held with rights of survivorship normally does not need to pass through the probate process. This can be handled through proper documentation with the county. However, given the complexity, it is advisable for you to speak with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: I need advice from a Lawyers point of view on a Petition for General Judgement of Final Distributions case.

I really don't know where to begin, there is too much to type. My mother passed away a little over 2 years ago. I was told her and her husband had a will then they said they didn't and then they did again. My mother had 4 children and her husband has 3. They have not been around but maybe... View More

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Dec 11, 2023

You will need to seek the counsel of a litigator who has experience with probate. The distributions in a probate happen near the end of probate proceedings and if there is a conflict or contest with respect to the will, that is where the experience of a litigator will help. The amount of time... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon, is it allowed for a beneficiary named in a will to be an executor of that same will?
Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Oct 18, 2023

Yes it is allowed and this is quite common. For most families, they generally have a trusted individual or family member serve both roles. As the previous attorney mentioned, please ensure that the will is reviewed by an attorney so that it complies with Oregon law. Additionally, an affidavit... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Dad's wife passed. Can he sell jointly held home (Oregon)? Do her adult children from previous marriage get anything?

Dad's wife's will leaves everything to my dad but if he's also deceased then her 3 sons each get 25% of the estate. Does his will supersede his wife's or does he have to follow her will?

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Oct 18, 2023

I second Theressa's analysis. It really depends on how the property is titled and that information can be found in the deed recorded with the county.

I will also add that the ownership in the deed supersedes anything listed in the will. As such, if the property is in fact listed as...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Mom died intestate w/a 350K estate. How do I stop my sister (other heir) from stealing everything pending end of probate

The heirs are just us two daughters. I found out my younger sister has been stealing assets and has liquidated 3 bank accounts and has every intention of selling everything and keeping all of the money and not probating the estate that includes 2 homes and collectibles and cash. How do I stop her... View More

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Sep 19, 2023

From the fact pattern that you have described, it does appear that you are entitled to a portion of the estate. If your sister distributes the entire estate to herself, she will be violating intestacy laws and her responsibilities as personal representative if she has been so named. However,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: My wife passed away this month. Do I need to go through probate if we have joint accounts in the banks.

The only thing separate is her IRA. We had a will made over 30 years ago.

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Aug 29, 2023

The answer to the question of whether or not your wife's estate needs to go through probate depends on which assets she left behind. If the only assets that she left behind are the joint bank accounts and an IRA, then you may not need to go through probate. This is if the bank accounts list... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Does joint tendency on property on a joint deed apply to a second property owned by just one of the tenants ?
Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Aug 22, 2023

Generally speaking, it does not. The deed for real property generally takes preference over any estate planning document in place, such as a will or a trust. For the property which had a joint tenancy, both of the individuals listed would be co-owners. However, if another property had just one... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Need attorney for two llc, in OR and CA setting trust to avoid probateDo I need attorney licensed in both state?

Currently one sole llc operated in Portland Or

Another LLC operated in LB Ca as Oregon based foreign status

Need set up trust to own both.

Need to change LB CA from OR foreign Llc operations in CA to CA Llc

To avoid probate

Do I need an attorney licensed for... View More

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Apr 24, 2023

If you are residing in California, then you should be fine with just a California licensed attorney. Each of the membership interests of your LLCs will be assets that will be held in the name of your trust. Although it may be preferable to find an attorney licensed in both states in case novel... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: How do we go about locating an estate attorney for a recently deceased family member, when you cannot locate a will?
Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Dec 28, 2022

Hello, any attorney should be able to assist you with this matter. Many times individuals pass without a will, in which case an experienced probate attorney can assist you with the process. Probate is the court process whereby the family member's assets pass to the family. Please feel free... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Oregon on
Q: How do I add my daughters name to the deed to my home?
Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Dec 8, 2022

Your daughter's name can be added by filing a deed with the county clerk in the county in which the home is located. Please note that there are very specific requirements for filing this deed otherwise it may not take effect. Another option is to use the services of an online deed... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Can a trustee/ beneficiary live on the property that is to be sold and divided? For almost two years? Not even for sale

They were initially planning to buy out the other beneficiaries and build on the property for themselves. But they didn’t, still live there and haven’t placed the 30 acres and house for sale two years after the trust has come to complete maturity. So they just have the property, do whatever... View More

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Jan 8, 2024

I agree with Theressa and would like to add that as a trustee, they are under a fiduciary obligation to do what is best for all beneficiaries (not just themselves). The facts suggest this may be otherwise. You would be best advised to speak with an attorney regarding this.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Does an Oregon pour-over will have to go through probate if it uses the power of testamentary to create a new trust?

Our mother passed away in Oregon in 2019 and used her power of testamentary in her will to create a new trust for her grandkids from money in her other trusts. It never went through probate as far as I know. Looking online now, it seems to me like maybe it was supposed to go through probate because... View More

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Dec 4, 2023

I agree with Theressa as well. Testamentary powers are generally given to an executor or personal representative of an estate, but only once a probate has begun. You should speak with an attorney to get it sorted out so that the assets can pass to the intended beneficiaries without legal issue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: Need to know if I need to apply to be personal representative for my son.

My son passed away. He didn't really have much, just a few personal things, clothes, books, DVDs, videos, etc. Do I need to apply to be a personal representative and go through the probate process?

Karn Thapar
Karn Thapar
answered on Jun 1, 2023

It appears that your son's estate would be subject to a small estate probate, which is a short and streamlined version of the full probate process. This applies to estates with less than $200,000 of real property and $75,000 of personal property. You can file a small estate affidavit to... View More

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