Probate is the legal process by which a decedent's creditors are paid and remaining assets are distributed according to the decedent's will. If the decedent did not have a will, it is known as dying intestate and assets are distributed in accordance with the Oklahoma laws of intestate succession.
A person's will typically name a family member or someone else the decedent knew to act as the personal representative of the estate. This person is known as the executor, and he or she is charged with steering the decedent's estate through probate. The estate planning attorneys at Milburn & Massey in Shawnee help executors navigate the probate process. Our objective is to protect your interests as you tackle this important responsibility and help avoid any challenges to the will.
Why Hiring A Lawyer To Assist With Probate Is A Smart Idea
An executor is not required to hire an attorney, but if an estate has even an average amount of assets the process can be complex. A home that is owned in joint tenancy, life insurance benefits and other assets can go directly to designated beneficiaries without passing through probate. Our knowledgeable lawyers will help you streamline the probate process and take advantage of any "shortcuts" that may be available to you.
We understand the sensitive nature of estate administration and the emotions involved. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation in which we can answer your questions about probating an estate and recommend the best steps to take next.