At Self Legal Group, we understand that estate planning is an important step toward protecting your future. For this reason, we're committed to helping you plan for the life you want to lead and the legacy you wish to leave.
Our experienced Oklahoma probate attorneys have the knowledge and resources to guide you through the probate process. When you need legal assistance with estate planning, contact Self Legal Group today.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process that transfers a deceased person's property to their heirs. If you have not properly prepared for the transfer of your estate, the Oklahoma probate process will be much more complicated. The probate process can be avoided if you have a valid last will and testament and trust in place. In this case, the court will only need to validate the document, and your estate will be transferred according to your wishes.
- If you don't have a will or trust, the court will decide who gets your property. The judge will look at who was closest to you, who you may have had a relationship with, and who was living in your home. If you don't have any family members, the state will take control of your estate.
- If you are going through a divorce, you will also need a will or trust to ensure your spouse receives their fair share of your estate. The probate process can be very complicated if you don't have a will or trust in place. You will want to speak with our Oklahoma probate attorneys as soon as possible to help you avoid any complications.
How Probate Works in Oklahoma
The probate process in Oklahoma is an expensive and time-consuming process. The entire process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the estate. Probate is necessary if you have a will or trust in place, but it can be avoided if you have a valid last will and testament and living trust. The probate process can be avoided if you have a valid living trust.
- If you have a will, the probate process will begin 30 days after you pass away. If you have a trust, the process will begin immediately.
The probate process begins with filing a petition with the court to begin the process. During this time, your family will need to gather and inventory your assets. Once this is complete, the court will begin the distribution of your estate. Your family will need to file an inventory of your assets with the court and file a petition to administer the estate. This can take several months.
Once the court has approved the petition to administer the estate, your family will need to gather all of your assets and begin the distribution of your estate. This can take several months or even years depending on how many assets you had and how many heirs you have.
- Once the assets have been distributed, the court will issue a closing statement and the probate process will be complete.
Why You Need an Attorney for Probate
The probate process can be a confusing and stressful time for everyone involved. At Self Legal Group, we can help you through the process and ensure that you receive the fair distribution that you deserve. Our Oklahoma probate attorneys have the knowledge and resources to guide you through the process.
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