Probate

Portland Lawyers, Guiding Clients Through the Probate Process

At Owens / Pinzelik, P.C., we have a strong reputation for helping our clients navigate life’s challenges, including the probate process. Our attorneys have served Portland and the surrounding communities for more than 40 years.

Estate Administration Attorneys, Serving Multnomah County

Oregon’s probate process begins with appointment of a personal representative, known in some jurisdictions as the executor. Prior to distribution of assets, the personal representative must identify and value the estate’s assets. An inventory must be filed with the court within 60 days. He or she must then search for creditors and give notice of probate. Any validated claims against the estate by creditors must be paid with the proceeds of the liquidated estate, subject to specific procedures and regulations.

The personal representative must also file income taxes on behalf of the deceased and pay any necessary state and federal estate taxes. Once these steps are completed, a final account of the estate is filed with the probate court. The remaining assets are then distributed according to the terms of the will or to heirs as determined by Oregon statute if the person died without a will.

The experienced probate lawyers at Owens / Pinzelik, P.C., have the necessary knowledge and skills to preserve as much of the estate’s assets for distribution to beneficiaries as is possible. We can also offer guidance on how to streamline the probate process through use of estate planning tools such as wills and trusts.

For Guidance on Selecting a Trustee, Contact the Clackamas Attorneys at Owens / Pinzelik, P.C.

Schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss estate administration and other probate concerns. Contact us by e-mail or call our Multnomah County law firm at 503.224.3100.

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