Norman, OK asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma

Q: My dad left me 6 acres in his will but I cannot seem to find out the process to transfer it to my name.

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Chantelle Hickman-Ladd
Chantelle Hickman-Ladd
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Let me start be saying that I'm sorry for the loss of your father.

Unfortunately, the only way to gain ownership to the property is to go through the probate process. If the land is less than $200,000 you will qualify to use a shortened probate process. A probate attorney can help you through the process.

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Anna L Self
Anna L Self
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: You can't just transfer the land to your name. A probate has to be filed with the Court and the Court awards you the property pursuant to your Dad's will.

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James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: I am sorry for your loss. Wills are not effective until they are admitted to probate. The probating of a will determines that it is in fact the decedent's last valid will. In the absence of a valid will, the property is owned by all of the heirs at law. Whether there is a will or not, in Oklahoma, the only way to pass good title from a deceased person to the new owners is to have the estate go through probate. Typically, it is not a difficult process, but there are a number of things that have to be done correctly in an estate proceeding or it may be subject to challenge. Contact a probate attorney so they can give you advice on how to proceed. Many probate attorneys provide a free initial consultation. Good luck.

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