Estate Administration in Oklahoma County

Were you appointed as an executor?

When an individual passes away, their estate must be collected, managed and distributed by a living person. If the decedent had a will, their will most likely named an executor. If the decedent did not have a will, then the court will appoint a personal representative for him or her.

When someone dies, their executor takes inventory, or documents all of the decedent's assets, and informs the decedent's creditors that the decedent has died. After the will has been verified by the courts and the creditors' claims have been dealt with, the executor then distributes the assets accordingly. If the will is invalidated by the courts or the decedent left no will, the courts will distribute the assets according to state laws.

Laws of Descent & Distribution

In Oklahoma, the law of decent and distribution decides where assets go after the death of an individual with no will. If there is no prenuptial agreement, the surviving spouse usually receives one-half of all the property of the decedent and the surviving children divide the remaining one-half in equal shares. If a child has died before the decedent and the deceased child is survived by a child or children, those grandchildren will receive equal shares of the portion of the estate that their parent would have received if living.

Contact an Oklahoma City Probate Attorney

The estate administration process can be confusing and difficult for those involved, and it may be in your best interest to seek the assistance of a qualified Oklahoma City probate lawyer. With 26 years of experience at Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law, we understand that estate administration can be difficult if you are a personal representative.

Our firm can help you differentiate the assets that pass through probate from those that do not and then assist you in evaluating their worth. We understand that you may be suffering from the loss of a loved one, but you can rest assured that our lead attorney handles each case personally and with sensitivity.

If you are settling a decedent's estate, complete a free case evaluation to learn more about your legal options.

Elizabeth A. Richards

Attorney at Law

Elizabeth A. Richards Attorney at Law - Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer
Located at 112 West Commerce Street Oklahoma City, OK 73109. View Map
Phone: (405) 788-4662
Local Phone: (405) 319-9696.

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