Q: Does an estate have to be probated in Oklahoma if the deceased lived in another state?
A: Hi, thanks for your question. As a general rule, if a person dies leaving property in their name only (meaning it is not in a trust and there is no joint owner), then a probate is necessary to transfer the property to the deceased's heirs and/or beneficiaries. Assuming someone had property in Oklahoma but died while a resident of another state, then it is likely that the estate would have to be probated in both Oklahoma and the state of residence. I recommend that you contact a knowledgeable probate attorney to discuss this matter in detail.
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