Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer assists clients with administering estates

probate documentsWhen our loved one passes, there comes a time when that person’s estate – all of their property – must be legally transferred to their heirs. This includes re-titling property and accounts into the names of the new recipients. This can be a difficult and confusing process, but an Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer can make the process be more smooth and efficient.

Understanding the Probate Process in Oklahoma

Probate is the legal process for administering the estate of a deceased person in Oklahoma courts.

When a person dies, all of their belongings must be distributed to their heirs. At the same time, if the deceased person (who we refer to as the “decedent”) owed money to creditors, the creditors may also be entitled to collect on those debts by selling assets from the decedent’s estate.

If you are an heir to a deceased person, you will not be able to legally take possession of those belongings left to you until the estate has gone through the legal process of Probate.

There are two types of probate:

  1. Probate with a Will, and
  2. Probate without a Will.

Therefore, the initial interview with a Probate lawyer should involve discussing Probate Assets vs. Non-Probate Assets.

Oklahoma City Probate Attorney can lead you through the Probate Process in Court

If you have a deceased family member that left behind money, assets, property, or real estate, you will need to go through the probate process.  Also, if you have assets in your possession that are titled in a deceased person’s name, you will have to go through probate to legally keep those items. If you are in either of these situations, a probate lawyer can assist you in both distributing the decedent’s estate, as well as transferring title to various assets that were left behind.

You do not need to go through the probate process in Oklahoma alone. You can and should hire an attorney to handle the probate case.

The probate process can be confusing – and daunting. As the Personal Representative (or Executor) of the estate, you will actually have quite the responsibility, such as notifying creditors and publishing legal notices. However, by hiring an experienced probate lawyer, you can delegate these difficult tasks to a professional that knows how to complete them.

Whether you will be responsible or in charge of administering the estate will depend on a number of factors, such as whether the decedent had a will that nominated a personal rep or executor; whether that person is still alive; or whether the decedent had no will and the Court will have to select a Personal Representative. In each of those scenarios, we can guide you through the process.

Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer Travis Charles Smith can help you with the administration of your deceased person’s estate. For more information or for analysis on your particular case, call us at (405) 724-8112 or send us an email.