Oklahoma City Probate Attorney
Seek Assistance with Probate and Estate Planning in Oklahoma City
Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone's life, and dealing with their estate while you are still grieving can make the process even more emotional. We understand that this is a sensitive time for you and your family, but we can make probate proceedings less challenging by guiding you through the estate administration process. If you have been chosen as the executor of a loved one's estate or appointed by the courts to serve as the personal representative after the loss of a friend or relative, we can assist you with the entire probate process from opening the estate to distributing the assets. Our team at Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law has assisted clients with their legal matters for 26 years. We focus on providing clients with attentive representation during their most challenging times. Although we are best known for our probate services, we also assist with family law and criminal defense matters.
Estate Administration and Real Estate Matters
If your loved one has already passed on, we can gently guide you through the process of estate administration during this difficult time. Gathering assets is the first step of estate administration and we can provide you with legal counsel in the best way to assess them and distribute them. Settling debts is another important aspect, and our firm can help you notify creditors of the loss and pay the debts.
Real estate matters can be a particularly difficult subject in estate planning, especially when property has multiple heirs. Executors are charged with the duty to maintain and protect the property in their care until it is passed on to the proper beneficiaries or is sold. Our firm can assist in these real estate matters and more, including counseling on the best way to sell real estate while the property is in the probate process.
Plan for the Future with a Qualified, Oklahoma County Estate Planning Attorney
Although it can be difficult to discuss, it is important to plan for your loved ones' future. If you have young children, a substantial amount of property, or are seriously ill, it is in your best interest to create an estate plan sooner rather than later. By creating a will, you can select a guardian for your children and distribute your property as you see fit. We understand that the inheritance you leave to your loved ones is important, and we can assist you in the creation of the most tax-effective ways to leave your estate to future heirs. While it is true that you can write your own will, it is best to have a qualified attorney assist you with this process. After you pass and your will is delivered to a judge, it is important that he or she finds the will valid and your wishes legally binding. We have intricate knowledge of both state and federal probate and estate planning laws and can help you pursue the outcome you seek.
Other Practice Areas
In addition to probate law, we handle a variety of delicate family law matters. We are skilled at assisting clients during stressful life events, and our team can guide you through your divorce and can help you protect your rights and interests while creating child custody agreements. If your divorce has already been finalized, we can help with post-divorce modifications and enforcement.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, we can also provide you with the powerful criminal defense you need. Felonies and misdemeanors are taken seriously under Oklahoma law, and you could be facing severe penalties. You need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights and best interests, and you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you choose to work with our firm.
Contact Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law Today
Whatever circumstances you face, we understand that these can be difficult times for you and your family. We are committed to providing clients with excellent legal services and personal attention. Some law firms pass cases off to paralegals and legal secretaries, but our attorney personally handles each case. If you would to discuss your estate planning or probate case with a member of our team, contact our firm or complete a
free online case evaluation to learn more about legal options and how we can help you.