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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Libel & Slander and Estate Planning for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I find out if a parcel in Oklahoma had restrictive covenant, mineral rights, water and oil or gas rights attached

I am a beneficiary to a trust that possibly had roylity rights to a property to which have been subject to fraud. I am also the beneficiary residing in another State.

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jan 18, 2021

You would need to research the land records covering the land, which are found in the county clerk's office of the county where the lands are located. Oil and gas titles can be very complicated. You could hire an oil and gas attorney or an oil and gas landman to do the search.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: I was just curious as to if a journal can be classified as a "holographic" will?

The deceased journal consists of the owners name and has dates. Then also the journal is about their everyday life and ideas.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 10, 2021

It is not likely, but it is theoretically possible. Take the journal to a probate attorney to be reviewed.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Small Claims for Oklahoma on
Q: My boyfriend's mother died with no will, his grandparents took the deed and the death certificate. What can he do?

The grandparents are taking things from the house and they say the house is theirs just because they have the deed (that isn't in their name). My boyfriend just turned 18 and has no idea what to do or who to talk to. Also the property value is under 50,000

Ben F Meek III
Ben F Meek III answered on Dec 30, 2020

If mom died single (unmarried), the grandparents most likely have no right to the property they are taking. Your boyfriend and his siblings, if any, would be the mom's heirs but the grandparents would not. Taking possession of a deed that has been recorded in the land records would not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Antitrust and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Before my father passed he verbally left me an RV but never addressed in the will, now being denied by exec.

Do I have any legitimate claim if it had been the understanding by all parties ? Sister has POA and mother is alive and we’re both aware of his wishes.but denying my receipt of the asset. What recourse do I have .

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Dec 8, 2020

In a very vague answer, anything that is not specified in the will goes to the estate for distribution. If the RV is not listed anywhere, then the RV would pass to your mother as the surviving spouse due to it being marital property. There are always exceptions to the general rules and you should... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Interpreting IRS rules for assigning value to in-kind contributions with a FMV of $500 or less

At 80, I am in the process donating several hundred American and European prints and a like number of Japanese woodblock prints, ranging in value from $100 to $12,000 each. Most are classified as "promised gifts" and are with the intended recipient, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, fully... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Nov 13, 2020

There is an appraisal requirement for all gifts in excess of $5000. That applies to where you give similar items of property where the total value is above $5,000. Six $1,000 items donated would reqire an appraisal. If you haven't already, you will want to contact the fine art museum to make... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Can the executor sign everything over to one child?

My dad died 2001 and it has been in probate ever since. My mom is the executor and they were married at the time of death. She had 2 of his 5 kids.

Because she was the wife at the time. Should she automatically get half? Since that time, it has been only my mom, me, and youngest sister on... Read more »

Ilana Sharpe
Ilana Sharpe answered on Nov 9, 2020

I can't fully answer this without more information. However, if your father had a Will when he died and that Will was admitted to probate then the terms of the Will dictate how the property is distributed. If he died without a will then his wife will acquire 1/2 of the property acquired by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Man drafts will in 2017 leaving everything in his estate to his daughters; biological, adopted & step. Marries in 2020.

No new will was drafted, but the husband dies unexpectedly in 2020. What does Oklahoma law say this wife is legally entitled to? Or will she have to sell the home she lives in because it is part of the assets mentioned in the 2017 will?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 3, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. The answer first may depend upon how the title to the house was held. I have assumed that the house was in the name of the husband only. I have also assumed there is no antenuptial agreement, which may also affect the answer. there will need to be an administration of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Can quitclaim deed signed by my father before his death be challenged by unsecured creditors?

My dad was diagnosed with last stage heart failure following a massive heart attack. This disabled him from working. Knowing his life would be cut short, he quitclaimed his property to me. Signed, notarized and recorded with the county. The property DOES have a mortgage (specifically, a land loan)... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Sep 24, 2020

I have assumed that the property is in Oklahoma. Creditors would have to establish their claim against the estate through the probate court. If a probate proceeding is not initiated by one of the family members, a creditor could initiate the proceeding. After establishing their claim, they would... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Where do we stand as property owners after an estate management battle in court between step children and spouse?

Step Daughter suing deceased's spouse for estate management after spouse sold property to us back in December 2019. We are still in process of purchase. One lot is in deceased's name and two are in both names.

Ilana Sharpe
Ilana Sharpe answered on Sep 21, 2020

Since you are purchasing from the estate of deceased individual a title company would not close on the sale until such time as the probate court approves the sale or the probate is concluded and the estate is distributed, at which point you would be purchasing from the beneficiaries of the estate... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Oklahoma on
Q: Does stepmom have any right to stock certificate still in grandmas name?

Dad died and his financial planner hands to my stepmother a stock certificate that is still in my paternal grandmothers name. My father had set up a trust and began Funding it - he did not name a beneficiary. She and I learned this together at the office of his planner. My stepmother then says he... Read more »

Ilana Sharpe
Ilana Sharpe answered on Sep 18, 2020

If the stock remains in the grandmother's name then the stock would be subject to the administration of her estate, not your father's. That being said, if her estate leaves the property to your father, then his estate would come into play. You would need to investigate the administration... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: can the person who has power of atty sign a quitclaim deed if he is also one of the "buyers"?

94 year old father wants to quitclaim deed his house to his 3 children to avoid probate. His hands don't work anymore and so his son has power of atty so he can sign for his dad. Can the son sign the quitclaim for his dad if the son is listed as one of the buyers? Do the children have to pay... Read more »

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Aug 28, 2020

That transaction might not be the best if the property has increased in value. By using a "Transfer on Death Deed" the father will obtain his objective of transferring the home to children outside of probate. Also, if he will need a nursing home but cannot afford it, the transaction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My spouse died and his sons girlfriend removed all of our money of his dad body and all of his other peronal belongings

Is this legal

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 19, 2020

No, as his spouse, you are the next of kin. Ask her to give it back, or you will file a police report. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Oklahoma on
Q: Does the estate administrator have to inform the Judge of an on going embezzlement and prosecute the case?
Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on Aug 5, 2020

Yes. The estate administrator has a duty to protect the estate's assets from things like embezzlement. If he fails to do so, he may be held personally liable in certain circumstances.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Does my spouse have to sign a warranty deed in OK for land that was inherited?

My parents are nearing death and closed the family trust and divided the land between me and my sister earlier this year for inheritance. No structures are on the land. My half was put in a deed of survivorship with me and my grown son. We are trying to deed 10 acres to a friend as a gift ($10).... Read more »

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Jul 9, 2020

Great question:

The reason that a spouse is generally required to sign deeds that include surface interest is to protect the transferee (the person receiving the property and their lenders) from a possible spousal homestead claim. A spouse occupying property cannot be deprived of the right...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Oklahoma on
Q: Any way to distribute estate assets via trust or will incrementally over time as opposed to a lump sum distribution?

I have two children who aren't very financially savvy so I'm reluctant to drop a fairly large sum of cash on them at one time. I would like to set up an investment account and pay some out over a 10 year period with a full liquidation and distribution at the end of the 10 years.

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on Jul 5, 2020

Absolutely. This is one of the major benefits of a trust. It allows you to control your assets even after death. You can set it up to pay out however you’d like.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: What are my rights on my family property, my dad passed suddenly from heart failure. No will.

The deed is in his name and his wifes name. Originally it was my dad and mom's place, mom passed and dad remarried. unfortunately, the new wife got the property in right of survivorship, she died and it went to her kids who never even lived in the place. She had no will. Her kids have not paid... Read more »

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on Jun 9, 2020

If your dad and his new wife put the property in their names as joint tenants and he predeceased her, then the property would still be in her estate. In such circumstances, you do not have any legal rights to the property. The intestate heirs of your dad's new wife would be the owners, subject... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a question about getting a copy of my parents will when my brother will not let me see it.

My mom died in 2011, and my dad died just last week. My brother was named his POA. My brother refused to let me see my moms will and I only discovered my dad had one when I asked a few days ago. I contacted the county where my mother died and her will was not filed with the courts. My dad died in a... Read more »

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Jun 3, 2020

This might help:

Title 58. Probate Procedure

Chapter 2 - Probate of Wills

General Provisions

Section 24 - Production of Will May be Compelled by the Court

Cite as: O.S. §, __ __

If it be alleged in the petition that the will is in the possession of a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way I can get the deed in my name while the house is in probate?

My grandmother passed away last year. I am the beneficiary as stated in her will and my mother is executor. Her house in currently in probate. I’m needing to get the deed in my name to take out a mortgage to pay her debts. How can I do that?

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on May 14, 2020

Generally speaking, the answer is no. The executor is responsible for inventorying your grandmother's assets and liabilities, notifying and paying creditors, and then distributing any remaining assets to the rightful heirs. If the house needs to be mortgaged or sold to pay your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: my deceased mom didn't remove my predeceased dad from house title. How does it go from their JTWROS to me per her will?

My mom and dad owned their home JTWROS. My dad died in 1996 and never changed the title to her single name. She passed away in 2012. She had a will and we have probated her estate with the court last year. In her will, she left the home to me. How do I change the title on the house to my name,... Read more »

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on May 5, 2020

Assuming the probate court issued an order declaring you as the new owner of the house (per the will), you simply need to file that order in the county where the property is located. Originally, your mother should have filed an Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant (with a death certificate... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I leave house and cars by transfer on death deeds to my 14 year old daughter w/o court involved. Do I need trustees

My husband and I own our home, no mortgage and own all autos w/ clear titles. We are self employed low income, but what we have, we own. I also have a son that is 24, but not responsible to handle such matters. What is the cheapest and simplest way to make sure that our daughter gets our... Read more »

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on Apr 8, 2020

Probably the cheapest and easiest way is to create a simple revocable living trust that names you and your husband as trustees and primary beneficiaries and then names a successor trustee that takes over and manages the property for your daughter until she reaches the age you want her to receive... Read more »

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