Fort Worth, TX asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oklahoma

Q: My husband is deceased and I have utility checks in his name I can't cash. What can I do at this point?

2 Lawyer Answers

Tyler R. Barrett

Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Norman, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Hi,

First and foremost, I am sorry for your loss. Regarding your question, probate is typically necessary anytime someone dies owning property in only their name. Oklahoma has procedures for summary administration and small estate affidavits, both of which are generally less costly than normal probate. However, specific requirements must be met. Regardless, it make not make sense to do anything if the checks at issue are small amounts. I recommend talking with a probate attorney.

Gary Johnston Dean

Answered
  • Pryor, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: If you have joint bank accounts, simply deposit them.

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