If, within 90 days following the person’s death, the person’s estate is not otherwise being probated, the agency may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the issuance of letters of administration or testamentary. This action would be for the purpose of collecting the full amount of unpaid cost of care as determined by ORS 179.701 (Determination of cost-of-care rates) and limited by ORS 179.620 (Liability of person or estate for cost of care) (3). However, the agency may not file a petition under this subsection until at least 90 days after the death of the person who was at the state institution and then only in the event that the person’s estate is not otherwise being probated.
The agency may settle any claim against the decedent’s estate during the pendency of the probate proceeding by accepting other security or in any other equitable manner. The agency may waive all or part of the claim if it finds collection of this amount due to be inequitable.