Oregon Statutes - Chapter 112 - Intestate Succession and Wills - Section 112.047 - Forfeiture of parentís share by reason of desertion or neglect.

(1) Property that would pass by intestate succession under ORS 112.045 from the estate of a decedent to a parent of the decedent shall pass and be vested as if the parent had predeceased the decedent if the decedent was an adult when the decedent died and:

(a) The parent of the decedent willfully deserted the decedent for the 10-year period immediately preceding the date on which the decedent became an adult; or

(b) The parent neglected without just and sufficient cause to provide proper care and maintenance for the decedent for the 10-year period immediately preceding the date on which the decedent became an adult.

(2) Property that would pass by intestate succession under ORS 112.045 from the estate of a decedent to a parent of the decedent shall pass and be vested as if the parent had predeceased the decedent if the decedent was a minor when the decedent died and:

(a) The parent of the decedent willfully deserted the decedent for the life of the decedent or for the 10-year period immediately preceding the date on which the decedent died; or

(b) The parent neglected without just and sufficient cause to provide proper care and maintenance for the decedent for the life of the decedent or for the 10-year period immediately preceding the date on which the decedent died.

(3) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the court may disregard incidental visitations, communications and contributions in determining whether a parent willfully deserted the decedent or neglected without just and sufficient cause to provide proper care and maintenance for the decedent.

(4) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, in determining whether the parent willfully deserted the decedent or neglected without just and sufficient cause to provide proper care and maintenance for the decedent, the court may consider whether a custodial parent or other custodian attempted, without good cause, to prevent or to impede contact between the decedent and the parent whose intestate share would be forfeited under this section.

(5) The intestate share of a parent of a decedent may be forfeited under this section only pursuant to an order of the court entered after the filing of a petition under ORS 112.049. A petition filed under ORS 113.035 may not request the forfeiture of the intestate share of a parent of a decedent under this section. [2005 c.741 §2]

Note: Section 6, chapter 741, Oregon Laws 2005, provides:

Sec. 6. Section 2 of this 2005 Act [112.047] and the amendments to ORS 113.035 and 113.145 by sections 4 and 5 of this 2005 Act apply only to the estates of persons who die on or after the effective date of this 2005 Act [January 1, 2006]. [2005 c.741 §6]

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