2015 ORS 113.105¹
Necessity and amount of bond
  • exceptions
  • bond notwithstanding will

(1) Unless a testator provides in a will that no bond shall be required of the executor of the estate, or unless the personal representative is the sole heir or devisee or is the Department of State Lands, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Director of Human Services, the Director of the Oregon Health Authority or an attorney approved under ORS 113.086 (Approval of attorneys who are eligible to be personal representative for decedent who received Medicaid or other public assistance), the personal representative may not act nor shall letters be issued to the personal representative until the personal representative files with the clerk of the court a bond. The bond shall be executed by a surety company authorized to transact surety business in this state, or by one or more sufficient personal sureties approved by the court. A personal surety must be a resident of this state. The court may, in its discretion, require a bond notwithstanding any provision in a will that no bond is required. The bond shall be for the security and benefit of all interested persons and shall be conditioned upon the personal representative faithfully performing the duties of the trust.

(2) The amount of the bond set by the court shall be adequate to protect interested persons, but in no event shall it be less than $1,000. In setting the amount of the bond the court shall consider:

(a) The nature, liquidity and apparent value of the assets of the estate.

(b) The anticipated income during administration.

(c) The probable indebtedness and taxes.

(3) Nothing in this section affects the provisions of ORS 709.240 (Oath and bond exemption for trust company appointed as fiduciary), relating to a trust company acting as personal representative.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, a court may, in its discretion, waive the requirement of a bond if all devisees and heirs known to the court agree in writing that the requirement be waived and the signed agreement is filed with the court at the time of filing of the petition for the appointment of a personal representative. [1969 c.591 §90; 1971 c.421 §2; 1973 c.369 §1; 1973 c.797 §425; 1989 c.682 §1; 2001 c.900 §16; 2003 c.395 §13; 2005 c.625 §72; 2009 c.595 §77; 2009 c.828 §8]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 113—Initiation of Estate Proceedings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors113.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
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.