2011 ORS § 293.490¹
Payment upon death of person entitled to money from state if estate not in probate
(1) Except for property described under ORS 98.304 (When intangible property subject to custody of state) to 98.436 (Short title), and as otherwise directed by law, upon the death of any person entitled to payment of money in the State Treasury or on deposit with a state agency or officer, if the estate is not to be administered in a court having probate jurisdiction, the State Treasurer or the state agency or officer authorized to disburse the funds may pay or cause to be paid the money due, as provided in subsection (3) of this section. Except as to payment of salary or wages due a deceased state officer or employee from the State of Oregon, no payment under this section shall be made in excess of $10,000.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, moneys on deposit with a state agency or officer representing unpaid wages collected on behalf of a person by the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall be payable pursuant to subsection (3) of this section.
(3) Payment authorized by subsection (1) of this section shall be made to the following groups of survivors of the decedent, their guardians or the conservators of their estates, in equal shares to all survivors in a group, and in the order listed, with no payment to survivors in any group if there is any survivor in any group preceding it as listed:
(a) Surviving spouse.
(b) The trustee of a revocable inter vivos trust created by the decedent, unless within six months after the decedent dies a will executed by the decedent requiring distribution of the amount to a different person is admitted to probate.
(c) In equal shares to the children of the decedent and to the issue of any deceased child by right of representation.
(e) Brothers and sisters.
(f) Nephews and nieces. [Formerly 291.526; 1965 c.401 §1; 1973 c.823 §125; 1979 c.763 §4; 1981 c.594 §2; 1989 c.171 §39; 1993 c.694 §33; 1995 c.290 §1]