ORS 708A.430¹
Disposition of deposit on death of depositor

(1) On the death of a depositor of a financial institution, if the deposit is $25,000 or less, the financial institution may, upon receipt of an affidavit from the person claiming the deposit as provided in subsection (2) of this section, pay the moneys on deposit to the credit of the deceased depositor:

(a) To the surviving spouse on demand of the surviving spouse at any time after the death of the depositor;

(b) If there is no surviving spouse, to the Department of Human Services, on demand of the department no less than 46 days and no more than 75 days from the death of the depositor when there is a preferred claim arising under ORS 411.708 (Recovery of assistance from certain estates), 411.795 (Claim against estate of deceased recipient) or 414.105 (Recovery of medical assistance);

(c) If there is no surviving spouse and no department claim, to the depositor’s surviving children 18 years of age or older;

(d) If there is no surviving spouse, department claim or surviving child 18 years of age or older, to the depositor’s surviving parents; or

(e) If there is no surviving spouse, department claim, surviving child 18 years of age or older or surviving parent, to the depositor’s surviving brothers and sisters 18 years of age or older.

(2) The affidavit shall:

(a) State where and when the depositor died;

(b) State that the total deposits of the deceased depositor in all financial institutions in Oregon do not exceed $25,000;

(c) Show the relationship of the affiant to the deceased depositor; and

(d) Embody a promise to pay the expenses of last sickness, funeral expenses and just debts of the deceased depositor out of the deposit to the full extent of the deposit if necessary, in the order of priority prescribed by ORS 115.125 (Order of payment of expenses and claims), and to distribute any remaining moneys to the persons who are entitled to those moneys by law.

(3) In the event the depositor died intestate without known heirs, an estate administrator of the Department of State Lands appointed under ORS 113.235 (Appointment of estate administrators by Director of Department of State Lands) shall be the affiant and shall receive the moneys as escheat property.

(4) The financial institution shall determine the relationship of the affiant to the deceased depositor. However, payment of the moneys in good faith to the affiant discharges and releases the transferor from any liability or responsibility for the transfer in the same manner and with the same effect as if the property had been transferred, delivered or paid to a personal representative of the estate of the deceased depositor.

(5) A probate proceeding is not necessary to establish the right of the surviving spouse, department, surviving child, surviving parent, surviving brothers and sisters or an estate administrator of the Department of State Lands to withdraw the deposits upon the filing of the affidavit. If a personal representative is appointed in an estate where a withdrawal of deposits was made under this section, the person withdrawing the deposits shall account for them to the personal representative.

(6) When a financial institution transfers moneys under subsection (1) of this section, the transferor may require the transferee to furnish the transferor a written indemnity agreement, indemnifying the transferor against loss for moneys paid to the extent of the amount of the deposit.

(7) This section is subject to the rights of other parties in the account under ORS 708A.455 (Definitions for ORS 708A.455 to 708A.515) to 708A.515 (Designation of agent for account). [1997 c.631 §167; 2003 c.395 §20; 2005 c.381 §26; 2007 c.369 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 708A—Regulation of Institutions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors708A.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.
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