Estate administration is the management of the assets and liabilities of a deceased person (the "decedent"). Probate is the most common form of estate administration. Probate is a court process for settling the decedent’s liabilities, determining who is entitled to the decedent’s property, and completing the transfer of assets.
If the decedent died without a will, the estate is considered an "intestate estate." If the decedent had a will, the estate is called a "testate estate." In either situation, the court will appoint a "personal representative" (a.k.a. "executor") to administer the estate. Under Oregon law, a personal representative must be represented by an attorney.
Hillsboro Law Group PC has been representing personal representatives in probate cases throughout Oregon for more than 40 years.
Small Estate Affidavits
If an estate has not more than $75,000 in personal property and not more than $200,000 in real property, then the estate may be handled by filing a small estate affidavit rather than a full probate. A small estate affidavit may be filed with or without attorney involvement.
Trust Administration is the management, distributions, and filings of a trust. The tasks can be complex and time sensitive in certain situations.
Estate Disputes & Litigation
Disputes sometimes arise in estate administration. Did the decedent have capacity to make an estate plan? Was the decedent subjected to undue influence to favor particular heirs over other heirs? Our attorneys help clients navigate these challenging issues while being fully committed to an ethical approach.