The Stigler Act Amendments of 2019

by Stephanie Moser Goins on January 10, 2019

In a previous post, we discussed H.R. 2606, the bill that amends the Act of August 4, 1947 (61 Stat. 731) (commonly known as the Stigler Act). The Stigler Act governs restrictions upon alienation of surface and mineral interests in lands inherited by lineal descendants by blood of allottees of the "Five Civilized Tribes." The Five Tribes were forcibly removed to Indian Territory, and resettled on lands located within the geographical boundaries of what is now the State of Oklahoma.

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5 Things to Consider After an Auto Accident

by Ball Morse Lowe on January 3, 2019

Accidents happen, even to the most careful of drivers. An auto accident can leave you feeling overwhelmed and dizzy with adrenaline. This is why we have insurance, though – to protect you financially as well as the other driver. It’s also a reason to brush up on steps you can take after an accidence occurs to protect yourself. 

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How Guardianship Affects Parental Rights

by Ball Morse Lowe on December 28, 2018

Let’s be honest, the line between custody and guardianship can get a tad blurry. Differentiating between them is difficult because they’re essentially the same thing. However, a major distinction between the two is that family courts grant custody orders while probate courts grant guardianship.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss how guardianship affects parental rights as well as its key differences from child custody and adoptions.

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Adoption from Foster Care: The Filing Process From Start to Finish

by Ball Morse Lowe on December 27, 2018

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (“OKDHS”) has approximately 9,000 children placed in out of home care and it is currently looking for adoptive families for approximately 500 children. These children often come into the custody of OKDHS due to abuse or neglect. Although a majority of these children will ultimately reunite with their biological family, some won’t be able to achieve the goal of reunification. So, their new permanency plan will become adoption. 

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