Credit Unions in Oregon Seeing Short-form Death Certificates


Credit Unions in Oregon are starting to see more short-from death certificates being issued by Oregon county recorders.

In 2013, Oregon passed HB 2093, the vital records modernization bill. One of the provisions in the bill allowed for the use of short-form death certificates. The use of short-form death certificates is often misunderstood. A short form excludes the lower section of the death record filled out by the medical certifier. It provides proof of the fact of death when the cause and manner of death are not needed and when family wishes to maintain confidentiality about the medical information on the record.

When death records are requested by title companies or when family members file them with a county recorder, the death record becomes a public record. Only the fact of death is needed to clear title to car, bank account, or property. To maintain confidentiality regarding cause and manner of death, the short-form death record can be used without providing information that is not needed when clearing titles, claiming bank accounts, or property records.

Short-form death records are available for all deaths filed from 1978 through present.

Credit unions can accept either the long form or short form as proof of death.

Question of the Week

If the custodian dies, is ineligible, or becomes incapacitated and there is no successor custodian, who maintains the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act?

The process depends on the age of the minor. In Washington State, if the minor has attained the age of 18, the minor may designate an adult member of the minor’s family, a guardian of the minor, or a trust company as the successor custodian. If the minor has not reached the age of 18 or does not act within 60 days after the custodian became ineligible, died, or became incapacitated, the minor’s guardian becomes successor custodian. If the minor does not have a guardian or if the guardian does not act, the transferor, legal representative of the transferor or custodian, an adult member of the minor’s family, or any other interested person may petition the court to designate a successor custodian.

In Oregon and Idaho, if the custodian is ineligible, dies, or becomes incapacitated without having effectively designated a successor and the beneficiary has attained 14 years of age, the beneficiary may designate as successor custodian an adult member of the beneficiary’s family, a conservator for the beneficiary, or a trust company. If the beneficiary has not attained 14 years of age or fails to act within 60 days after the ineligibility, death, incapacity, the conservator for the beneficiary becomes the successor custodian. If the beneficiary has no conservator or the conservator declines to act, the transferor, the legal representative of the transferor, or of the custodian, an adult member of the beneficiary’s family or any other interested person may petition the court to designate a successor custodian.

Related Links:

RCW 11.114.180 (4)

ORS 126.862

IDS 68-818

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