Assessment of Assets
(1)As soon as possible but not more than five working days after the Department receives notification under OAR 141-035-0016 (Notice to Department of Decedent Who Died Without Known Heirs)(1) or 141-035-0025 (Funeral Arrangements), the Estate Administrator may travel to the decedent’s residence to:
(a)Inventory, evaluate, and determine best method of liquidation of tangible assets.
(b)Gather and secure all pertinent papers and records of the decedent to provide a source of information that may be reviewed to determine whether a will exists, and whether there are existing heirs as defined in ORS Chapter 111 (General Provisions), and 112.015 (Net intestate estate) to 112.055 (Escheat), 112.065 (Passage by representation), 112.075, 112.095 (Persons of the half blood), 112.105 (Succession where parents not married) and 112.115 (Persons related to decedent through two lines).
(2)If the search of the residence does not produce evidence of a will or heirs, the Estate Administrator shall:
(a)Contact local banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other financial institutions to freeze accounts pending delivery of appropriate documents to withdraw the accounts and to obtain balances of accounts and information regarding safe deposit boxes.
(b)Contact utilities, delivery services, and postal authorities to forward billings and statements to the Department and to arrange for the termination of services if in the best interest of the estate to protect the property.
(3)The Estate Administrator may request assistance from available law enforcement personnel to provide for the security of real property, personal property, and household goods.
Rule 141-035-0030 — Assessment of Assets,