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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Banking, Municipal Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: After losing my dad last year I have not been able to access money he left cause the bank wants more information

I provided my soc.

PhotoID

And other bank account

Offered my birth certificate

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

I'm sorry for the frustration this situation must be causing on top of grieving your father's loss. The bank likely has certain procedural requirements they are obligated to follow before releasing funds, but there may still be some things you can do here:

- Request a written list...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: One of my older brothers died with no will. No assets except a small checking account. Do we need to file probate?

His landlord has billed his estate for back rent, but there is no estate, and no estate assets. He died in Eugene, Oregon. Thank you.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jan 23, 2024

I am sorry for your loss. If the amount of the back rent is more than the balance in his bank account there is no real reason to open a probate (or file a Simple Estate Affidavit) because there is nothing to inherit.

If the account is larger than the rent bill and is less than $75,000 you...
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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

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jan 8, 2024

I am sorry for your loss. I strongly recommend you consult with an experienced probate attorney. If your mother's Deed actually includes your name with right of survivorship then the property is probably yours. You can record her Death Certificate to clear the title. A probate attorney... View More

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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: 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

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Dec 4, 2023

Yes, usually you must probate a Will in order to implement a testamentary trust, however, you bring up several facts that could change this answer (mom's other trusts and the fact that mom died four years ago). I recommend you consult with an experienced probate attorney who can help you sort... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Legal Malpractice and Probate for Oregon on
Q: How do I find out what is included in probate in Oregon? How do I sue my lawyer, when her malpractice left me with $0?

Grandpa died with 401k. I hired a probate lawyer. I did not know 401k has a beneficiary. Now the estate has $0, but the probate court believes it's worth $225,000. Everyone rec'd the notice about the worth of the estate. I'm the executor. I can't pay any bills, taxes, lawyer I... View More

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Dec 1, 2023

Sometimes it happens that a probate is started but we find out that the assets all have beneficiaries. In that case the probate can be withdrawn. However, it sounds like you have other assets besides the 401(k) to include in the probate. If the car and the manufactured home are in your... 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?
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Oct 18, 2023

Yes, a devisee in a Will can also be named as the Personal Representative (Oregon's term for Executor). That same person can even be one of the two witnesses to the Will. In general, it is best for an attorney to draft and supervise the signing of the Will so that the attorney could testify... View More

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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, 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?

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Oct 17, 2023

The answer to your question depends on how the home in Oregon is titled. If the Deed shows both of their names as "husband and wife" or "tenants by the entirety" then the house belongs to your father and he has full authority to sell it and keep the proceeds. If it... View More

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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

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
answered on Sep 19, 2023

Probate is not always necessary. If your deceased mother owned bank accounts or property with your sister, the surviving co-owner often will then own that property automatically. If your sister was named as the payable on death beneficiary of the bank account, probate probably is not be required.... View More

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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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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: -My husband passed away on June 29th. He was an independent contractor with a communication company here in Oregon.

He was paid monthly on a contract with a client that he had negotiated with. When I didn't receive his monthly check, I called and the company told me that they stopped paying him upon his death even though they had received payments from his customer. Are they able to just stop paying upon... View More

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Sep 8, 2023

I'm very sorry for your loss. Your instinct to view the contract is a good one. I can't imagine that their "internal decision" will control what happens with the remainder of the contract payments. You may need to file a probate to collect the remainder of the contract. I... View More

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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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.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Aug 29, 2023

I am sorry for your loss. If she had named a beneficiary on her IRA and all of her other accounts were joint with you then you should not need a probate (assuming she didn't own any property in her name alone). Wait a couple of months after her death and then you can present her Death... 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.

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

In Oregon, if you and your late wife held joint accounts with rights of survivorship, these accounts typically pass directly to you as the surviving account holder. They usually don't go through probate because ownership transfers automatically.

Regarding the IRA, if your late wife...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Probate for Oregon on
Q: My mother passed away. She had a pay on death statement on one account from many years ago .

She listed my sister as the beneficiary on that account with a pay on death statement. She has had multiple accounts since, re married, and never listed a survivor, or a beneficiary on any of the other accounts. When my mother passed my sister took the old POD from the first account and cleared all... View More

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jul 25, 2023

I am very sorry for your loss. It is possible that the Payable on Death (POD) designation that your mother signed with her bank could have covered all of her accounts with that bank. It just depends on the language in what she signed. There isn't any sort of time limit on a POD designation.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: Is the trustee obligated to account to beneficiaries for funds held in reserve?

We think the trustee has just taken reserve funds for himself. For example attorney reserve the courts allowed be held. The trustee refuses to send us bank statements for the trust accounts so that we can verify the funds that are supposed to be there are still there. Says he doesn't have to,... View More

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jun 26, 2023

You are correct. The trustee must account for how all of the trust monies are spent. I recommend contacting the trustee's attorney instead of the trustee directly.

You are also correct that it's the Court case that is closed, not the trust. The trust is not terminated until all...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oregon on
Q: Im in Oregon and my mother passed away with a notorized will in which I am the beneficiary of her manufactured home

(She owned free and clear but paid rent to the MH park where it's located ), her Car (I paid off her car loan a week after her death and the bank said I simply needed to fill out the affidavit of inheritance form, that they provided along with THEIR own notary('s) stamp/signature, and... View More

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Jun 19, 2023

I am sorry for your loss. If there are no other assets that are in your mother's name alone then Oregon has two forms you can fill out to transfer her vehicle and her manufactured home without a probate.

Go to: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/forms/dmv/516fill.pdf for the vehicle. All of...
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