Oklahoma City/ County Probate Attorney
Probate & Estate Planning in Oklahoma City/ County
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.
We also serve the surrounding areas: Canadian, Cleveland, McClain, Grady
and Caddo Counties.
We can help you with:
Estate Administration & 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.
We Can Help You Plan for the Future
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
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
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.