2017 ORS 113.005¹
Special administrators

(1) If, prior to appointment and qualification of a personal representative, property of a decedent is in danger of loss, injury or deterioration, or disposition of the remains of a decedent is required, the court may appoint a special administrator to take charge of the property or the remains. The petition for appointment must state the reasons for special administration and specify the property, so far as known, requiring administration, and the danger to which it is subject.

(2)(a) Except as provided in ORS 113.007 (Exceptions to bond requirement for special administrator), the special administrator may not act, and letters may not be issued to the special administrator, until the special administrator provides a bond to the clerk of the court. The bond must be for the security and benefit of all interested persons and must be conditioned upon the special administrator faithfully performing the duties of the position. The bond must be executed by a surety qualified under ORCP 82 D to G.

(b) The amount of the bond set by the court under this subsection must be adequate to protect interested persons. In setting the amount of the bond, the court shall consider:

(A) The nature, liquidity and apparent value of the property subject to administration.

(B) The anticipated income during administration.

(C) The probable indebtedness and taxes.

(3) The court may authorize the special administrator to:

(a) Arrange for and incur expenses for the funeral of the decedent;

(b) Incur expenses for the protection of property of the estate; and

(c) Administer property of the estate.

(4) The special administrator may not approve or reject claims of creditors or pay claims or expenses of administration or take possession of assets of the estate other than those in danger of loss, injury or deterioration pending the appointment of a personal representative.

(5) Upon the appointment and qualification of a personal representative the powers of the special administrator cease. Within 30 days after the issuance of letters testamentary or letters of administration to a personal representative, the special administrator shall make and file an account and deliver to the personal representative the assets of the estate in the possession of the special administrator. If the personal representative objects to the account of the special administrator, the court shall hear the objections, and, whether or not objections are made, shall examine the account.

(6) To the extent approved by the court, the compensation of the special administrator and expenses properly incurred by the special administrator, including a reasonable fee of the attorney of the special administrator, shall be paid as expenses of administration. [1969 c.591 §80; 1999 c.592 §1; 2016 c.42 §20; 2017 c.169 §4]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 113—Initiation of Estate Proceedings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors113.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.