On January 10, 2017, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced H.R. 631, the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017.” While this bill resembles a similar bill that failed to become law in 2015, with the 2016 elections, the political landscape in Washington has changed considerably.
An Australian court has held that a will created on an iPhone was valid and could be probated. In re Yu, 2013 WL 6175174. Shortly before Kartur Yu took his own life, he created an estate document on his iPhone. The question before the court was whether the will on the iPhone was valid and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]