Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer
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Probate is a legal proceeding where the affairs of someone who has died are taken care of under the supervision of a court. Probate is often the only way that legal titles of most assets will pass from the deceased person (the “decedent”) to their family. The decedent’s will provides a road map of how they wanted things handled. Even if no will was made or is available, the court proceeding is still necessary.
At McBride & Associates, P.C., our probate attorneys in Oklahoma City have been serving clients since 1996 and have over 27+ years of experience helping families navigate the probate process. We understand that losing a loved one can be a difficult and emotional time, and we are here to provide compassionate and knowledgeable guidance to help you through the process.
If you are considering hiring a probate attorney in Oklahoma City, we offer a free consultation to help you understand the costs and fees associated with probate. We can also help you determine whether the estate qualifies for simplified probate procedures, which can help reduce costs and expedite the process.
What Is Probate?
Probate evolved under the laws of England and later the United States to allow for the orderly administration of the affairs of the decedent. It’s easy to imagine that in the past, family, friends, and creditors of the decedent may have fought over that person’s assets.
Sadly, that same risk of conflict still exists today. Fortunately, the state of Oklahoma has some very effective laws to ensure that the decedent’s assets pass to his/her heirs according to the decedent’s will. If the decedent had no will, then Oklahoma law determines who will receive the assets and how the decedent’s estate will be administered.
What Can I Expect From a Probate Attorney in Oklahoma City?
There are many things that your probate lawyer will help you with during the process, including:
- Talking with beneficiaries involved
- Filling out the petition of probate
- Arranging property appraisals
- Filing the last income tax return of the deceased person involved
- Ordering a death certificate
- Filing the will with the probate court
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What Happens in a Probate?
A probate is begun only when a family member or friend of the decedent asks a court to start the process. It does not happen automatically. This is an important point to remember: Even if the decedent had a will, the probate is necessary to get things started in handling the decedent’s estate.
In the probate, the court will appoint a person to handle the decedent’s estate. This person is called the personal representative (formerly called an “executor” or “administrator”). The personal representative usually hires a lawyer to assist in the probate process – preferably a lawyer who has a great deal of skill and experience with handling probates.
Call Our Oklahoma City Probate Lawyers At (405) 896-3615
Our experienced probate lawyers can help you with all aspects of the probate process, including filing the necessary paperwork with the court, gathering and valuing assets, paying debts and taxes, distributing assets to beneficiaries, and addressing any legal issues that arise after the death of a loved one.
If you are looking for a probate lawyer in Oklahoma City, we are here to help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with the probate process after the death of a loved one.
Call our Oklahoma City probate lawyer at (405) 896-3615 today to help you navigate probate laws.
What You Need to Get Started
There are only a few items that you should make an effort to locate prior to meeting with our Oklahoma City estate planning lawyers at McBride & Associates to discuss a probate case. You should bring the original will and a death certificate with you, if at all possible.
Our Oklahoma City and Edmond probate attorneys will evaluate your circumstances, explain all of your options, and make recommendations on how you should proceed.