Q: Can the family of an probate estate only hire one probate lawer and does he only represent the executor only?
Yes, many probates in Oregon are completed with only one attorney representing the executor (Personal Representative or "PR" in Oregon) and assisting the PR through the probate process. Many times the family is involved in hiring the attorney and the attorney will communicate with the family throughout the probate process as long as there is no conflict of interest in doing so.
Keep in mind, the attorney in this scenario only represents the PR. The attorney does not represent the devisees, family or any other interested party to the estate. Interested parties should consult their own attorney if a conflict or dispute arises.
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