Court orders Thomas Kinkade’s former girlfriend to pay $11,000 a month in rent to Kinkade’s estate

The probate process continues to unfold in the administration of the estate of American painter Thomas Kinkade. This week, lawyers from both sides argued in court about the amount of rent that Amy Pinto-Walsh (Mr. Kinkade’s girlfriend at the time of his death on April 6, 2012) must pay to Mr. Kinkade’s estate. The judge […]

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The Administration of the Estate of Darth Vader

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Darth Vader (“Vader”) died at the end of the movie ‘Return of the Jedi’. Movie-goers around the world flocked to the cinema to see the story of Vader’s redemption and to learn about the twisted Skywalker family tree. I was 9 when ‘Jedi’ was released, and […]

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Need a LIFT? Oregon Online Search for Missing Life Insurance

The Insurance Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services launched Life Insurance Finder Tool ("LIFT").  LIFT facilitates internet searches for individual life insurance policies or annuity contracts of a deceased family member. The website provides a printable form when once completed, notarized, and returned with a death certificate to the address in Salem, triggers an electronic search […]

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Recent Legislation: Oregon Health Authority & Probate

From time to time we will publish recent cases and legislation:  Oregon House Bill 2009 (pdf) The governor of Oregon signed House Bill 2009 on June 26, 2009. Since this bill included an emergency clause, it is effective immediately.   Along with creating a new agency, the Oregon Health Authority, it amends several sections of the Oregon probate […]

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