2017 ORS 125.221¹
Conflicts of interest

(1) A fiduciary may employ a person in which the fiduciary has a pecuniary or financial interest only after disclosing the nature of the interest to the court if the person is employed for the purpose of providing direct services to the protected person or for the purpose of providing services to the fiduciary that directly affect the protected person. Before the person is employed, the fiduciary must provide the court with the following:

(a) A full and accurate disclosure of the pecuniary or financial interest of the fiduciary in the person.

(b) A full and accurate disclosure of the services to be performed by the person.

(c) A full and accurate disclosure of the anticipated costs to the estate in using the person to provide the services.

(2) In addition to the disclosures required by subsection (1) of this section, after making such inquiry as the court deems appropriate, the court may require additional disclosures for the purpose of assessing whether the pecuniary or financial interest of the fiduciary could compromise or otherwise affect decisions made by the fiduciary in carrying out the duties of the fiduciary.

(3) The continuing authority of a court over protective proceedings under ORS 125.025 (Authority of the court in protective proceedings) includes the authority to supervise and inquire into:

(a) Whether the fiduciary by employing a person in which the fiduciary has a pecuniary or financial interest is acting reasonably to accomplish the purposes for which the fiduciary was appointed.

(b) Whether the employment of the person by the fiduciary is necessary to provide the services efficiently and effectively.

(c) The extent that the pecuniary or financial interest of the person employed by the fiduciary could compromise or otherwise affect the decisions made by the fiduciary in carrying out the duties of the fiduciary.

(4) In addition to the disclosures required by subsections (1) and (2) of this section, prior court approval is required for payment of compensation to a person who is the spouse, parent or child of the fiduciary or to a business entity in which the spouse, parent or child of the fiduciary has an ownership interest and that is employed by the fiduciary to provide direct services to a protected person or to provide services to the fiduciary that directly affect the protected person. The fiduciary must provide the court with the following information:

(a) The specific services to be provided;

(b) The qualifications of the person providing the services;

(c) The rate of compensation charged by the person; and

(d) Any other information relevant to either the person providing the services or the services being provided to the protected person, including, but not limited to, loss of a professional license or a criminal conviction.

(5) The court may not approve any fees or expenses requested by the fiduciary to the extent that the combined fees of the fiduciary and the person employed by the fiduciary under this section exceed the amount the court finds would have been appropriate for payment to the fiduciary if the fiduciary had provided the services alone.

(6) A fiduciary has a pecuniary or financial interest in another person for the purposes of this section if the fiduciary, or any person related to, employed by or affiliated with the fiduciary has:

(a) Any direct or indirect ownership interest in the person;

(b) A business association with the person; or

(c) Any financial involvement with the person.

(7) A fiduciary has a pecuniary or financial interest in another person for the purposes of this section if the fiduciary, or any person related to, employed by or affiliated with the fiduciary, receives remuneration or any other financial benefit from the person, without regard to whether that remuneration or benefit is directly tied to the services provided to the fiduciary or protected person.

(8) In addition to the grounds specified in subsections (6) and (7) of this section, a fiduciary has a pecuniary or financial interest in another person for the purposes of this section if the relationship between the fiduciary and other person is such that the relationship could compromise or otherwise affect decisions made by the fiduciary in carrying out the duties of the fiduciary.

(9) A fiduciary employs a person for the purposes of this section whether the person is engaged as an employee or as an independent contractor. [1999 c.774 §2 (enacted in lieu of 125.220); 2003 c.392 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 125—Protective Proceedings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors125.­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.