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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: What happens when you have lived with your mother in her home for over 16 years during you have helped pay for

The home remodeling.just in the last few years my mother had moved out the home to stay with my only brother ln his house then she passes and no will witch it was decided verbally that he would get money that she left and I get the home then he passed away and now my nephew is filling for executive... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Feb 1, 2023

I am sorry for your loss. In Oregon when someone dies without a Will their intestate heirs have priority to be appointed as their Personal Representative (Executor). Your nephew would likely not have priority so if you wish to be in charge of your mother's probate I recommend you hire an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: I am Affiant Sm Est Court Certified Prob. Case Now I learned Real Prop is worth 200K+++. What form to file Court Notice

RE: ORS 114.515 Small estate affidavit: Procedure when value of estate exceeds limitations. I am Affiant of Court Cert Small Est. Probate Case. I discovered the Real Property is worth MORE than the $200K limit for the Small Estate Probate. ORS 114.515 (7) If the fair market value of the property... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 3, 2023

Hire a competent OR attorney and first decide if the real property is actually an Estate Asset or not. Then proceed accordingly.

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: My uncle died intestate. Do I need to disclose to my family and estate lawyer a bank acct he made me joint owner of?

My uncle recently died unexpectedly w/o a will. A week prior he made me PoA on his bank accounts, primary on a Durable PoA, and primary on his Adv Directive. At the same time he made me joint owner of a large bank account, but the bank manager said they'd discussed this months ago and he even... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 28, 2022

There is a difference between being a joint account owner and being the beneficiary named in a pay on death directive. It is not uncommon for joint account owners to mutually designate the other owner as POD, but it is not necessarily automatic.

In most--if not all--US states, money on...
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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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: I am co-rep of will.the other rep of will is using her personal lawyer of 5 years to probate for her and contest the wil

can she pay her from estate?

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Dec 7, 2022

Usually the person contesting the Will must pay for the initial litigation expenses, however, if they are successful they could ask for court approval for reimbursement from the estate. If you are named as co-Personal Representative in the Will I recommend you hire your own attorney to advise you.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: What do I do if we only have a scanned copy of my dad's will?

My dad passed in 2005 and a few years ago we learned that there are some outstanding PERS benefits. But to process the required paperwork, we need a certfied copy of his will. And we only have a scanned copy of it.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Dec 2, 2022

It is unlikely that a certified copy of your father's Will is what is needed. If no beneficiary was named by your father for the PERS benefits then a probate is likely what will be required. Depending on the value of the PERS benefits you might be able to file a Small Estate Affidavit. Then... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Mother in-law died my wife's brother and sister wanted to sell the house me the husband paid the brother for his portion

Me and the wife stayed in the home made the payments from a joint account and I remodeled the house and also help make the payments and paid the sister off from her portion of the house am I initialed to any portion of the sale of the home

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You will need to review the specific facts of your situation with an attorney. The answer to your question will depend on what written agreements you have, how the home is titled, whether or not your mother-in-law left a Will or Trust, how much you can prove you have done to increase the current... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: A mother of 3 adult children 1 living with her dies intestate. How do they determine personal representative?

This is an assignment for LAw 105 Estate Administration & Probate Practice; She has three children, two of them live on their own, and one is living with her. The one living with her has made renovations to the residence. The other two children wish to sell the house at market value, not... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Nov 7, 2022

In Oregon, when a person who dies intestate (with no Will) you must look to ORS 112.045 to determine who the estate goes to. If the decedent had no spouse at her death her three children will split the estate equally (assuming she has no children who have predeceased her and left children of their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Oregon on
Q: in oregon are you required to file probate with court if you don't need it to help you disburse, only household stuff ?
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Probate filings with the Court are usually for more than just household items. If there is no disagreement among the immediate family members (or the people named in the Will to receive the items) then no probate is required.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: What does it mean when a bond is not waived in a decedent's testate estate will?
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Oct 17, 2022

In an Oregon probate a bond is essentially an insurance policy protecting the heirs and creditors. If the Personal Representative stole money from the estate the bond company would reimburse the estate and go after the Personal Representative for the money personally. Most of the time the bond is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Father died no will left behind four children one dog and a house with under 200000. No will

One child filed affidavit for successor and now wont tell us anything about her plan with estate we think she is trying to get the property for herself

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 3, 2022

One or more of the Children Heirs may want to file suit for Sale For Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Sister added her name to my father's bank accounts, stocks/bonds and vehicles before he passed. She claims it's hers now

She changed his will after he moved in with her. At the time he had Dementia and was on hospice. I didn't realize all this until getting the probate papers and she didn't list all his assets. When I questioned why his accounts were not listed she said her name was on it so it all belongs... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Sep 20, 2022

I'm very sorry for your loss. You should consult with a probate litigator. You may be able to contest the Will. It may be more difficult reverse the titling of your father's bank accounts and/or vehicles but a probate litigator will be able to give you an estimate of your chances of success.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: What confirmation do you need to prove as an heir?

I recently found out who my father was through Ancenstry DNA which linked me to my grandmother and Aunts. My father passed away when I was young and never had the chance to know him, however, I had found out my grandfather had passed away and his estate is in probate court. I personally was not... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Sep 14, 2022

You should contact the attorney and ask him/her what they want for proof of the fact that you are an heir.

If you need further assistance you should hire a probate attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Grandson took my sons car title after he died. The agreement was to sell the car to payback funeral cost What can I do?

He has the title in his girlfriend's name (he's unable to obtain a driver's license) and they are in Washington State. I have the car and would just like this to be settled. I covered the cost of the funeral and my son's debts. I just don't know what my rights are or what... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Aug 22, 2022

I don't have enough information to answer your specific legal question but, in general, if a car owner dies in Oregon and no probate is filed their intestate heirs can fill out an Inheritance Affidavit at the DMV and transfer their car as the intestate heirs agree. So, if your son was an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: My dad named me on his living trust. Lawyer says I'm getting nothing. Can I be named not to get anything
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Aug 12, 2022

It depends on how you are named in his Trust. If you are a beneficiary then you should receive something (after payment of his debts and taxes). If you are simply named in the family section but he did not list you as a beneficiary then you would not receive anything. If you have a copy of your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Does a deed overshadow, a will?

I live in Oregon. My dad died and left a will, that gives his 4 children 50% of his home; and the other half to his wife. We are having to go to probate, due to his wife’s daughter wanting her mother to have 100% of the home. The deed was not changed to add the names, of my siblings and I. The... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 2, 2022

Not sure of your question, but a Deed takes effect on execution, while a Will has no effect until it is Probated, if ever. If the Deed gave the real property to the survivor, then the wife owns at his death, and it does not go through an Estate or to his Heirs.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: I am confused about the Oregon Small Estate Affidavit. It does not allow you to set up estate account, pay bills, etc.

Our mother passed and because her real estate was less than 200k and other assets minimal, we filed a Small Estate Affidavit in Oregon. There was a will listing us children as beneficiaries of all assets and specifying one of us as Executor. However, now we realize that this Small Estate process... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jun 24, 2022

You are correct that Oregon's small estate procedure does not result in the appointment of a Personal Representative or issuance of Letters Testamentary. All you receive is a certified copy of the Affidavit of Claiming Successor (Small Estate Affidavit). Banks in Oregon are supposed to honor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: If an investment account has the estate of the owner as the TOD beneficiary, will probate be avoided?
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on May 25, 2022

No. If the estate is named as the beneficiary the financial institution will require a Personal Representative (the term for Executor in Oregon) to be appointed by the Court in order to receive the investment account balance.

If you wish to avoid probate you can name your beneficiaries...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: Dad just passed in OR. Unwed partner claims only will from the 1990s in AK. Is an old will still valid? How do I get it?

We have no idea what attorney he used and the partner claims to not have a copy.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Apr 27, 2022

The most recent Will that your father signed is his valid Will unless he married after he signed it. To locate the Will you can ask your father's partner to look through his important papers and check any safe deposit boxes. If you can find out what attorney your father hired in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: Dad passed in OR this year. How do I get the will? How long does the Executor have to contact me?

Executor in WA is my sibling. I am in AK. Other sibling reports Executor claims to have contacted all siblings to ask permission to dispose of certain assets. I have not been contacted. Executor is unwilling to communicate but I understand by law they are required to contact me.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Apr 27, 2022

If you can find out the name of the Executor's attorney I recommend contacting this person. If not then you will have to contact the Executor directly to ask your questions.

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