Answered By: Lewis Zimmerman
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2019     Views: 347

Probate is the legal process whereby a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. The Oregon State Bar has a short article explaining probate. When an estate enters probate the will becomes a public court record. You can request a copy of the will from the court where probate was filed.

For example if the person died in Multnomah County you might contact that probate office. You can find their contact information here:

http://courts.oregon.gov/Multnomah/General_Info/Family/pages/familyhome.aspx

1021 SW 4th Avenue in Portland

503/988-3022 (option 4)

If probate has not been opened or if the will is missing you may try some other steps as recommended by the Washington State Bar Association.

If you suspect that no will exists then you may find this page from the NOLO company on intestate succession in Oregon useful.

 

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