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ABCs of Decedents’ Estate Administration
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ABCs of Decedents’ Estate Administration

Total Credits: 1 Ethics, 5.25 General

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Elder Law |  Estate Planning
Alan K. Brickley |  Hon. Claudia M. Burton |  Jeffrey M. Cheyne |  Walker R. Clark |  Brent S. Kinkade |  Erin K. MacDonald |  Timothy Marble |  Richard A. Pagnano |  Steven B. Taylor |  Hon. Katherine E. Tennyson |  Brian M. Thompson |  Mark M. Williams
7 Hours 35 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Apr 08, 2016
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Seminar Location Ambridge Event Center, Portland, OR

ABCs of Decedents’ Estate Administration
Originally Presented: Friday, April 8, 2016
Portland, Oregon

Oregon’s leading program on the estate administration process. This seminar is designed to help you guide your client and your case through the complete process, from non-probate alternatives to formal probate estate administration.  Our faculty of experienced practitioners and judges will take you through the options and provide assistance in determining the right choice for an array of situations.

5.25 General and 1 Ethics Oregon MCLE credits.

What previous attendees have said about this seminar:

  • The quality of the speakers was superb across the board.
  • Very informative and well presented.
  • Course materials were fantastic! Great forms, great outlines.
  • I deeply appreciate the step-by-step discussion of the probate process.

Program Schedule

8:40    Welcome and Introductions

8:45–9:15    Alternatives to Probate
•    The “how to,” “when to,” and “why” or “why not” of avoiding probate
•    Various ways of avoiding probate and the appropriateness of using those alternatives
– Brent S. Kinkade


9:15–9:45    Initiating Probate
•    Establishing the attorney-client relationship
•    Assets, venue, jurisdiction, and tax considerations
•    Will or no will
•    Bonding and asset restriction
•    Initial petition, notices, and limited judgment
– Timothy Marble

9:45–10:15    Inventory, Collection, and Management of Assets
•    How to determine when possession and control is or is not necessary
•    When an appraisal is desirable
•    When to delegate
•    Investment responsibilities
– Erin K. MacDonald

10:15–10:30    Networking Break

10:30–11:00    Title Problems
•    Small estates and trusts
•    PR deeds
•    Affidavits of heirships
– Alan K. Brickley

11:00–11:30    Creditors’ Claims
•    Forms and information you need to deal with creditors’ claims against the estate
•    What do your clients need to give you to alert you to claims?
•    What is the best way to formally and informally handle claims?
 – Jeffrey M. Cheyne

 – Walker R. Clark

11:30–12:00    Closing and Distribution of Assets
•    How to complete the final account to the satisfaction of your client, the court, and all estate beneficiaries
•    How to properly request attorney and fiduciary fees
•    How to accomplish closing and distribution of the estate and discharge of the personal representative
•    Tips on accounting for and closing an insolvent estate
 – Richard A. Pagnano

12:00–1:15    Lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:15    View from the Probate Bench
Written questions in advance of the CLE are encouraged. The judges will share their current concerns and tips and discuss the following issues, among others:
•    Attorney fees
•    Attorney’s duty to the court in any probate proceeding
•    Sealing information in a probate proceeding
•    Restriction of assets—what, when, who, and how
•    Partial distributions from an estate
•    ADR in probate cases
•    Impact of budget cuts on processing probate cases
 – Hon. Claudia M. Burton
 – Hon. Katherine E. Tennyson

2:15–3:00    Administration of Estates with Revocable Trusts 
•    Coordination with probate
•    Selected taxation issues
•    Accounting and closing
•    Gun trusts
 – Brian M. Thompson

3:00–3:15    Networking Break

3:15–4:15    Utilizing Paralegals Ethically
•    Avoiding unlawful practice of law by staff
•    Maintaining confidentiality
•    Billing, compensation, and solicitation practices
 – Steven B. Taylor

4:15 p.m.    Adjourn



Alan K. Brickley
Counsel, First American Title
Insurance Company of Oregon

Hon. Claudia M. Burton
Marion County Circuit Court

Jeffrey M. Cheyne​
Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP

Brent Kinkade
Karnopp Petersen LLP

Erin K. Macdonald

Karnopp Petersen LLP

Timothy Marble
Marble Law Office PC

Richard A. Pagnano
Davis Pagnano McNeil & Vigna LLP

Steven B. Taylor
Attorney & PCC Paralegal
Program Instructor

Hon. Katherine E. Tennyson
Multnomah County Circuit Court

Brian M. Thompson
Law Office of Brian M. Thompson

Mark M. Williams
Program Planner
Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop PC


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Between his second and third year of law school, Walker clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.   Walker received a pro-bono certificate for his work for Judge Acosta. During his third year he not only received certificates of mastery in taxation and estate planning, but also participated in a non-profit clinic.  There he reviewed bylaws and worked directly with the board of a nonprofit to assess the board’s governance.

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