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You have to file a formal Claim against the estate via the adminstrator of the estate.
There is a limited amount of time to do so once notice to creditors has been published.
The exact procedures are covered by rule 115.005 of the Oregon statutes which you can find at http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/115.005
However, child support is a priority claim.
The best thing to do is, as you mention, hiring an attorney to do the paperwork.
You can find one at www.lawyers.com.
That website will allow you to search by area of practice, which would be "probate", and then by location and you would type in the name of the town where the deceased lived at the time of his death.
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