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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
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 answered on Sep 15, 2021

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...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: If a land owner gave me permission to remove a car from his property can the owner file charges on me

My father passed away in January and left my brother as executor of a trust. He got greedy and kept everything except an old classic car my father was storing in his friends garage. It’s been almost 8 months and the friend told me if my brother didn’t come get the car to just take it. Now my... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Aug 29, 2021

Contact a attorney in person to discuss the specifics of your case. There seems to be a lot of moving parts in your case and you need to have good representation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Will probated in Okla, bank is requiring trust acct set up to distribute funds. Under $75k. Is this required?
Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Aug 20, 2021

It is an Estate account and yes you need to set one up. You will have to file an accounting with the Court before the money is distributed.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My step father is trying to force me out of my mother's home, he signed a quit claim deed in a divorce/set a side.

They were legally married but he has not lived in the home since she passed, has a new girlfriend. My daughter and I have been in the home. He now wants me to move out without reason. I am my mothers only child and he signed a quit claim deed to my mother. Where do I stand with this. She didnt have... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Aug 18, 2021

If he signed a quit claim deed assigning his interest to your Mom then the house belongs to her. You should get a probate on file asap. As her only child you are her natural heir and the house should go to you but you have to have a Court determine that. Good Luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: What are the requirements for a simplified probate procedure in Oklahoma and how does it it work?

Grandfather died years ago and left a house to his children, but there's no will. My mom became executor and completed to probate process in California where he lived al so I'm looking into getting it started here. I just read there's a simplified process that we could do if either... Read more »

Chantelle Hickman-Ladd
Chantelle Hickman-Ladd answered on Aug 11, 2021

If the house is in Oklahoma and your grandfather passed away in another state or his Oklahoma assets were below $200,000, you should qualify to do a summary administration (a shortened probate process). So long as no one contests you starting the probate process and being named as Personal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I address the courts that my husband didn't die single & we currently live in our home we bought several yes ago.

He had no will & I wasn't added to the deed on our home. Myself & kids have lived in our home & currently still do. Husband has 1remaining heir and to their belief he passed away single when in fact he did not. Probate court date is days away & I need to know how to address the... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Aug 4, 2021

Yes, you need to go to the Court hearing and tell the Judge what you posted. If you have your marriage license take it to the hearing, so you can prove you are married and a copy of the deed to show that the home was purchased after the marriage. If you don't have the documents, just tell the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Intestate probate bars felons from being appointed Personal Representative, even after Judge Coleman knew?

There is blatant embezzlement with all financial accounts deposited in her personal account since said appointment

and almost all personal property being taken to the dump.

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jul 12, 2021

If you are an heir you have an interest in the estate and could hire an attorney to review the evidence of embezzlement. That would allow you to file a motion to try to get her removed as the personal representative.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: in a probate case can I go in front of judge and ask for more time to find an attorney along with the covit 19 it has be

is there an affidavit to fill out for this request

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jun 24, 2021

The answer may depend upon where the case is in the probate process. It is not clear from your description what has happened in the case so far. However, such a request would properly be made by a written motion, which is generally granted unless parties would be prejudiced or it would unduly... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: When someone dies without a will, who does their assests go to?Does it go to probate or family?

Person has no spouse or children. But has living mother and siblings.

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jun 17, 2021

A probate may need to be filed. You would need an attorney to review deeds, bank accounts, etc. to determine if probate would need to be filed. Without a will, the estate passes according to Oklahoma statute. If deceased has no spouse or living children or deceased children with children, then the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Probate and Estate Planning for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the process for making the oil company to pay out the royalties owed to our branch of the family?

My great aunt died intestate with oil interests and royalties. She died a widow with no children. She had 3 sisters and one brother. Her estate was resolved and the oil interests and royalties were paid except to one branch of her heirs - her one sister who is my grandmother. My grandmother died... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 14, 2021

This is not a question that can be answered or resolved on a free online forum. You will need two Oklahoma attorneys who can help you with this - a probate attorney and an oil and gas attorney. If you would like some recommendations, write to me directly at nina@cumberlandlegacylaw.com and I can... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My grandfather died in 1988 in OK. A probate was initiated but never finalized. Is there a remedy?

My Grandfather left a will. The probated was hotly contested but then never finalized. The person (my uncle who was cut out of the will) who contested and pretty much subsumed the estate has now died. A year before his death he informed my father he had never finalized the probate of their father... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jun 9, 2021

An attorney would have to review the entire probate and any other related transactions to see if there were any cause of action. Unjust enrichment is an equitable action and subject to equitable defenses such as laches. Unjust enrichment is an action that is highly dependent on the the facts and... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Sister living in mom's home not making house payment and mom died, what can I do?

Not sure if there is a will or not. My sister was making house payments with moms money, mom died last month and she hasn't made the house payment. What can I do to prevent losing the house for non payment with her living in it?

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jun 7, 2021

You can make the mortgage payment yourself - the mortgage company won't care who makes the payment as long as it is paid. You should get a probate on file so the PR will have the authority to discuss the mortgage with the mortgage company. Through the probate you can get the house sold and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: If an adult sibling with children passes away, are his children entitled to the estate of their grandfather?

One of two siblings dies…are the children of the sibling that died entitled to their father’s portion of his father’s (their grandfather) estate?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jun 3, 2021

I am sorry for your loss. I have assumed in your set of facts that your father died prior to the grandfather. If the grandfather had a will, his estate passes as provided in the will. The will must be admitted to probate to be effective. If he died with no will, the children of the deceased child... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for Oklahoma on
Q: Why can't lawyer tell me if my deceased friend left a Will. I am on all of his bank accounts.

I am beneficiary of two money market accounts and on his checking accounts. He had a woman living at his home who had undue influence on him. He was elderly and felt sorry for her. He had lawyer draw up a Transfer Upon Death to turn over his house to this woman upon his death. He died April... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on May 10, 2021

Sorry for the loss of your friend. The transfer on death deed must be acceped by the beneficiary by filing an affidavit within 9 months of the date of death. If that is not done, the real property becomes property of the Estate. If that is the case, the estate would have to be probated for good... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My grandfather bought me a sky track and a forklift to help me get started on my business.

I have helped him for 6-7 years on his farm without pay. He purchased these item for me. Said they were mine. He passed away suddenly from covid. I'm in his will due to my dad being deceased. Im to inherited 1/4 of his estate. Now the aunt has add these item to the probate. I also have alot... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 1, 2021

If you can PROVE that your grandfather gave these things to you during his lifetime, a probate attorney can help you get them removed from the probate inventory and transferred to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My grandfather gave me some equipment as a gift. He passed away now my aunt put it on the probate list is that legal.
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 30, 2021

There are a lot of missing facts here but if you can PROVE that your grandfather gave those to you during his lifetime then you Should hire an attorney to help you get it off the probate inventory.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: If a property was left off the final determination of heirs, What needs to happen?
James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Apr 29, 2021

This is an issue of getting the decree indexed against the land not a fatal defect in the decree. Attach the decree to an affidavit with the legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My father died without a will and I want to know what is required to transfer the mineral rights to me and my siblings.

Okla affidavit of heirship requires a 10 yr waiting period, what is another option with a shorter waiting period?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Apr 27, 2021

You need to do a probate of the estate. This is because mineral interests are an interest in real property and to pass marketable title you have to have to probate of the estate. The affidavit of heirship is for severed mineral interests and is a method to obtain marketable title if the affidavit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Parents died, brother and I lived in the house, brother then died leaving me as only child left , who gets the house?

All children of my parents are dead I’m the only living child, do I get the house if no will or do I have to split it with nieces and nephews?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 24, 2021

There are too many facts missing from your recitation of them to answer your question. How is the house titled? In what order did the parents die? How far apart were their deaths? How long after that did your brother die? Did he have any children? Do you have any other siblings? Did either of... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My mom wants to leave her house to me, and exclude my siblings from any claim. What is the best (and cheapest) way?

The house is mortgaged, she bought it for about 70k and really is the only asset she has. I have one sister who I know will contest this, but as she has refused to be an actual member of our family for years, my mom wants her to have nothing. I have helped with payments, I take care of her. My... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 19, 2021

Have your Mom contact a will/estate lawyer and have a will drawn up for her which provides her intent on what she wants to do with her estate, including the house, upon her passing.

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