When someone passes away in Oklahoma, their estate usually moves through the probate process. During probate, the court oversees the transferring of the estate's assets to the beneficiaries. If the individual left a will, the assets would be distributed according to the wishes expressed in the legal document. However, if the individual has no will in place, the court will step in to assist with the estate's distribution. At Outhier & Caruthers PLLC, we can help you navigate probate, providing you with exceptional legal guidance at every step of the process. Additionally, if you are looking for strategies to spare your beneficiaries from going through probate, our estate planning attorneys can help you explore such options.
Understanding Probate in Oklahoma
As soon as an Oklahoma resident passes away, their estate must be handled according to all applicable state laws. The probate court will determine whether the decedent left a will; if so, the named personal representative will step in to oversee the distribution of the property and assets. The personal representative is also responsible for taking an inventory of the assets, dealing with creditor claims, handling the payment of any taxes, and distributing the remaining assets among the designated beneficiaries. If the individual passes away without a will, this process will be conducted according to all applicable probate laws. Our probate lawyers are prepared to assist personal representatives in whatever capacity they need, offering customized and effective legal guidance throughout the probate process.
Navigating Disputes Arising During Probate
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and emotional. If the beneficiaries encounter disagreements or disputes arise during the probate process, we are here to help you resolve the matter as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We have a considerable amount of experience assisting individuals and families as they work through the probate process, and we're prepared to help you achieve your desired outcome. Whether you are looking for ways to implement estate plan strategies that allow your beneficiaries to bypass probate, or you need assistance moving through probate, we can help.