Dealing with the death of a loved one has many legal challenges. Compton Law has the legal experience and solutions to your Oklahoma Estates and Probate issues and can help you navigate this process. Compton Law has experience handling and litigating the most complex of probate and estate cases. Need more information about Oklahoma Probate Lawns and Procedure? Visit our Frequently asked Legal Questions section, download our free E-Book, or view one of our many reports and articles.
Oklahoma Probate Lawyer
The Oklahoma Probate Lawyers at Compton Law Firm can help you navigate the complex Oklahoma probate laws. Probate is a court supervised process to settle a decedent’s estate. The process determines the validity of a will (if one exists), determines heirs, collects and distributes assets, allows creditors an opportunity to present their claims, and wraps up the final matters of the estate. A personal representative is also appointed to handle matters involving the estate. Probate is an complex rule-governed process full of deadlines, notice requirements, and meticulous procedural requirements that mandate experience and knowledge of the Oklahoma probate laws and procedures. Contact us today for help with your probate and estate administration issues.
Oklahoma has a special probate process for estates valued at under $150,000.00. Many times there is real property that needs to be sold or title transferred or there are mineral rights and royalties that are being held up until the title is cleared. We have the experience and expertise in handling summary probates in Oklahoma. Call us today for help with your summary probate.
If your family member passed leaving a properly executed and funded trust, you may be confused about what to do or how to administer the trust. Our lawyers can advise you and help navigate the process.
Trust and Estate Litigation
The Trust and Estate lawyers at Compton Law have experience handling and litigating the most complex of probate and estate cases. Let our experienced trust and estate litigation attorneys help fight to protect your rights.
When someone dies with a Will, a probate court will determine if a Will is valid, it will appoint an executor or personal representative, the court will identify the assets of the deceased, determine how taxes and other incidental expenses are to be paid, and distribute the property among the legal heirs mentioned in the Will.
The Will is an important legal document written and signed by the deceased with subscribing witnesses. The will specifies how the property is to be distributed among the heirs.
Probate litigation is nothing more than "contesting a will." A will can be contested for a variety of reasons, including:
- Claims of undue influence
- Differing opinions over guardianships and conservatorships
- The executor or personal representative is failing in their fiduciary duties
- The details about the creditors has not been disclosed
- One or more beneficiaries do not receive an inventory of the property
- Disputes over who becomes the personal representative
- Disputes over asset or property distribution
When someone dies with a Trust, absent unusual circumstances, a probate court will not be involved and the administration will be handled privatly. Oklahoma Trust litigaiton would involve filing of a lawsuit in the District Court to have a judge make certain decisions.
It's important to remember that it's not easy to deal with probate and trust administration, or probate and trust litigation. There are a number of issues involved and if handled incorrectly, it can have a negative impact on family relationships. However, when all efforts of diplomacy have failed, probate and trust litigation becomes inevitable and the situation demands the assistance of a qualified Oklahoma trust and estate litigation attorney.
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