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How Long Does Probate Take in Oklahoma?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 28, 2019

It would be nice and much easier for everyone if this blog post was one sentence long and simply told you the exact amount of time probate takes in the state of Oklahoma. However, probate is an extensive process, and the length depends on the complexity of the probate estate and the ease of the litigation involved regarding asset distribution and the payment of debts.

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Is Probate Necessary for a Donor-Advised Fund?

by Ball Morse Lowe on May 24, 2019

A donor-advised fund, also known as a DAF, is a great way to donate to various charitable organizations without going through mountains of paperwork, all the while minimizing your taxes through deductions. It also offers tremendous flexibility for post-death giving, specifically if the DAF is funded while you’re still alive.

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5 Strategic Ways to Avoid a Probate Case

by Ball Morse Lowe on February 26, 2019

Many have heard that it’s wise to avoid probate, but few know the reasons why. Probate is the legal process of proving a will, determining heirs and distributing the property of a decedent.

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Is It Time To Update Your Estate Plan?

by Jennifer L. Wright on October 1, 2018

There have been recent changes in the estate tax laws that may affect your current estate plan. I share those details in the post that follows and also provide you with some recommendations to bring your estate plan up to date.

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A Difficult Conversation: Talking to Loved Ones About Estate Planning

by Jennifer L. Wright on June 5, 2018

Talking to loved ones about estate planning is a difficult conversation because people do not like to talk about death.

But the truth is that none of us will make it out of this life alive, so estate planning is an important topic to discuss with the people you care about most.

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Transfer on Death Deeds: The Beneficiary Affidavit

by Jennifer L. Fischer on February 20, 2018

Practitioners now have the benefit of The Non-Testamentary Transfer of Property Act, which provides an approved form for Transfer on Death Deeds. See 58 O.S. § 1253 (OK 2016).

Once the practitioner has drafted the Transfer on Death Deed in accordance with the statutory form, and determined that the client’s present situation is one contemplated by the Act, the hurdle to overcome is the beneficiary affidavit requirement.

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Transfer on Death Deeds: Using the Statutory Form

by Jennifer L. Fischer on January 9, 2018

Transfer on Death Deeds were created by statute to serve as a vehicle for transferring interest in real estate at the death of the Grantor outside of a probate, and thus avoiding the cost and length of those proceedings.

However, and quite commonly, potential decedents and their counsel use Transfer of Death for other purposes, that subsequently can create

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Will or Trust: Which is the Best Choice?

by Jennifer L. Wright on November 24, 2017

Choosing either a will or a revocable trust as the foundation of your estate plan is often the first step in the estate planning process.

Both documents allow you to create a plan for the distribution of assets upon death, as well as name a person (or persons) who will be responsible for administering your estate and distributing your assets.

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