Experienced Guidance For The Duties Of Probate And Estate Administration
Administering the estate of a loved one can be a daunting responsibility. You are tasked with a long list of duties while grieving the loss and managing your own life. The knowledgeable and compassionate team at Mitchell DeClerck, PLLC, offers legal guidance and attentive support to ease the burdens and efficiently resolve estate-related matters.
Our established law firm — the oldest in the state — provides probate and estate administration in the Enid area and northwest Oklahoma.
The Full Palette Of Estate Services
Our attorneys provide sophisticated counsel and representation for:
- Estate administration
- Oklahoma probate
- Trust administration
- Ancillary probate if the person who died owned property in another state
- Will contests and estate litigation
- Estate planning (creating wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc.)
Knowing that these terms and processes may be new to you, we offer a free consultation so you can better understand which services may best fit your goals.
Get A Smooth Procession Through Oklahoma Probate
Probate is a legal process that happens after a person dies. That person’s family will then petition the court to ask the judge to divide the property in accordance to the will. If the person who died had assets of less than $50,000 (not including real estate), a small estate affidavit can be filed. Otherwise, most estates pass through the probate process. If the person left a valid will, then the court will have the assets distributed according to the will. In some cases, the person who died may have used planning tools such as a trust to avoid having their estate go through the probate process.
We assist the executor (if the person had a valid will) or administrator (if the person died without a will) in carrying out their duties. These duties include:
- To inventory and keep safe all of the assets
- To collect everything that is owed to the estate
- To identify all possible heirs
- To pay all debts and final taxes
- To distribute the assets/property as stated in the will or by the court
- To complete accounting and reporting requirements
The Oklahoma probate process takes anywhere from six months to a year, or more for very complex cases.
Need Help Understanding What Needs To Be Done? Unsure Of Your Role? Want Guidance?
We offer a free consultation, so that you can meet with our estate planning lawyer and ask the questions you have. We will answer your questions and let you know how we can help. Call 580-498-1787 or send us an email via this website, and we will get in touch with you.