Recent Ruling: Personal Representative Compensation

From time to time, we will publish blurbs on recent local court opinions and state legislation: Brown v. Hackney, — P.3d –, 2009 WL 1394832 (Or App 2009) Background: Brother of the decedent, a beneficiary through intestate (without a will) succession, challenged the payment of the personal representative from funds acquired through the settlement of a […]

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Recent Ruling: Will Contest

From time to time, we will publish blurbs on recent local court opinions and state legislation:  Harris v. Jourdan, 218 Or App 470, 180 P.3d 119 (2008) Background: Will contest involving a decedent that executed multiple wills. Each will was a drastic departure from the previous will. One beneficiary of a previous will challenged the probate of the […]

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Who are the “Wealthy”? (Really!)

At the risk of dating myself, I grew up watching Gilligan’s Island on television. As I did not grow up in a wealthy household, my youthful image of a “rich” person was Thurston J. Howell, III, the extremely wealthy and rather lazy member of the marooned “Gilligan” castaways. Demographic statistics (and my own anecdotal experience) […]

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