Q: What legal steps should be taken when a attorney dies, and there are open civil appeals filed by the opposing side?
Only an Oregon attorney should advise here, but your question remains open for four weeks. Until you are able to obtain meaningful, state-specific guidance from a local attorney, as a GENERAL matter in ANY jurisdiction, the opposing attorney and clerk/judge (depending on court procedure) should immediately be notified. As a GENERAL matter in MANY jurisdictions, attorneys can be substituted through a motion to the court, sometimes made by the state bar.
In short, reach out to local attorneys to seek their guidance. These things are governed by state-specific rules of civil procedure or court administration. Good luck
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