Probate is the process of the court transferring the assets from the name of the decedent to the name of that decedent’s beneficiaries pursuant to the will (if there is a will), or to the names of the decedent’s heirs at law in the event there is no will. The person responsible for the probate process is referred to as an executor, administrator, or personal representative. Our probate attorneys can walk you through the process of probate, or inform you if probate is necessary. There are many statutory exceptions that apply to small estates or certain types of property.
Our firm represents clients in probate proceedings who have been named executors of a deceased person’s estate. We also represent beneficiaries who wish to challenge the way an executor is distributing the estate and want to be sure their interests are protected. Probate services can include:
Taking inventory of the assets, creditor claims, paying applicable taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries
Monitoring the probate process for the benefit of heirs and, if necessary, navigating will contests
Our firm also defends executors in will contests.
Probate in Oklahoma can be expensive and more so if contested. The probate process usually takes several months to a year. If any party contests the will, probate can take much longer.
Probate is a public process that allows the public to see what assets a decedent had, and what each beneficiary received. One way to avoid the public access to this information is to establish a trust in place of a will.
When you need an attorney to handle a probate matter, we have the reputation, experience and knowledge to handle your case. Our attorneys will work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy. At our firm, every client is our most important client and your legal issue will receive the personal attention it deserves.