Understanding The Probate Process In Oklahoma

Probate is a legal process that involves: 1) proving that a will is valid, 2) taking inventory on a deceased person's property, 3) identifying and repaying debts, and 4) distributing the remaining property to the beneficiaries that were named in the will.

Probate can be expensive and time-consuming. It is best to limit your exposure to the probate process with effective estate planning, which you can do with our help. Trusts and other estate planning tools can be used so that when you pass away, your will can be probated smoothly or avoid probate altogether.

Tulsa attorney Terrel B. DoRemus has over 40 years of legal experience, and our firm has assisted people throughout Oklahoma in properly planning to minimize their exposure to the probate process. Call 918-236-6907 for a free consultation.

Ensure The Proper Transfer Of Your Assets

The probate process can last for months and even years if there are significant disputes over assets and debts. Each party who believes he or she has claim to the estate will likely be involved in a drawn-out legal battle, or at least a prolonged process of estate asset distribution in which every decision requires probate court analysis and approval.

It is in your best interest and the best interests of your beneficiaries to minimize the amount of property that makes up your probate estate (your assets not included in other estate plan documents). The expense and delay of court proceedings reduce the size of your estate and delay the closure your loved ones will yearn for following your death.

What Happens When There Is No Estate Plan

Every will must go through the probate process to be validated. If it has been drafted correctly with the help of an experienced attorney, this process can be fairly simple.

When a person dies without a valid will or other estate transferring device, the assets of the deceased person will be subject to intestate succession laws. In this process, the probate court will supervise the distribution of property and other assets owned by the deceased according to state statutes.

How We Can Make The Probate Process Easier

At Terrel B. DoRemus & Associates, we regularly assist people who are executors, beneficiaries or have a legitimate claim to an estate that must go through the estate administration process. Our assistance is especially useful when the situation involves disagreements, unique assets or a large estate.

Schedule A Free Initial Consultation To Meet With Attorney DoRemus

Whether you are currently involved in probate proceedings or want to plan appropriately to avoid probate of your estate, our lawyer can help you.

Please call us in Tulsa at 918-236-6907, or complete our online contact form to schedule a meeting with attorney DoRemus. We look forward to speaking with you at your convenience.

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