Estate Planning, Intestacy, Oklahoma, Trusts, Uncategorized, Wills

Why Does My Will Need To Be Probated?

A lot of clients seem to be under the misconception that, if your will is valid, self-explanatory, and clear as to your intent, then it does not need to be probated. However, your Last Will and Testament is not effective until it goes through probate. It does not matter if it is clear and unambiguous!… Continue reading Why Does My Will Need To Be Probated?

Estate Planning, Holographic Wills, Intestacy, Legal News, Oklahoma, probate, Wills

Why Online Wills Can be Harmful to Your Estate Planning

In September of 2010, a non-lawyer wrote an article about her experience trying out four different will-making computer programs. This article appeared in the New York Times. After she got all four different wills drafted, she took the wills to an established estate planning lawyer in New York City, and had them reviewed. The results… Continue reading Why Online Wills Can be Harmful to Your Estate Planning

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The Problems with Handwritten Wills

Oklahoma allows the probate courts to admit holographic (or handwritten) wills. There are certain considerations that are very important to consider if you think a holographic will is right for you. Today on Tulsa Estate Planning Blog, Skillern Law Firm, PLLC will help you figure out if its right for you. First, there are important, strict… Continue reading The Problems with Handwritten Wills

Estate Planning, Oklahoma, probate, Trusts, Wills

What is Probate and Why Should I Avoid It?

When Skillern Law Firm P.L.L.C. discusses the benefits of a will or a trust, inevitably probate comes up. We advise clients to avoid probate, since it is costly and a complicated process that can easily be avoided by a trust. Still, many clients ask us: "What is probate”? Our answer is: it depends. Basically, probate… Continue reading What is Probate and Why Should I Avoid It?

Advance Directives, Estate Planning, Intestacy, living wills, Oklahoma, Trusts, Uncategorized, Wills

Your life is not static, so why is your estate plan?

It is important to periodically review your will and estate plan. Life changes often require that you reassess your estate plan. Children Most parents are concerned about how their children will be cared for in the event that one or both parents suffer an accident or are incapacitated. It is important to name a guardian for… Continue reading Your life is not static, so why is your estate plan?

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Why A Joint Will Is A Bad Idea.

One common question about wills and trusts is about joint or mutual wills. Many people ask attorneys why joint wills are never recommended by attorneys. The reason is not that attorneys want to get more of your money by drafting two wills instead of one.  Also, most people may see it as an extra expense… Continue reading Why A Joint Will Is A Bad Idea.

Custody, Estate Planning, Family Law, Intestacy, Oklahoma, Oklahoma News, probate, Wills

Why Should I Get A Will Now?

The more clients and friends that we talk to, the more we see why so many people put off writing their will.  No one especially wants to think about their own future death, and no one really wants to plan for it. In reality, however, everyone needs to have a will prepared, even at a… Continue reading Why Should I Get A Will Now?

Advance Directives, Estate Planning, living wills, Oklahoma, Trusts

Living Wills- The Questions to Think About

Today on Tulsa Estate Planning Blog, we will discuss what a living will is, and what medical scenarios it will cover. Let's get started. A living will is a legal document which allows a person to make known his/her wishes regarding life-prolonging medical treatments. Living wills are also referred to as advance directives, health care… Continue reading Living Wills- The Questions to Think About

Debt, Estate Planning, Legal News, Medicaid planning, Oklahoma, Trusts, Wills

Medicaid Planning – Planning for Your Future Health Costs

Skillern Law is excited to be adding Medicaid/Nursing Home Estate Planning to our practice areas. It's a new type of estate planning in the law, and it's becoming more and more important as the baby boomers are growing older. A lot of people do not know what it is or what it entails exactly. Let's… Continue reading Medicaid Planning – Planning for Your Future Health Costs

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Stepchildren, adopted children, and half-blood relatives: No Child Left Behind.

Oklahoma has some unusual laws when it comes to step-children and half-blood relatives, especially in the intestate inheritance laws. Just as a reminder, intestate merely means that the person who passed away died without a will, and so the state's inheritance laws are in effect. Oklahoma's statute, Okla. Stat. tit. 84, § 213 (1994), is… Continue reading Stepchildren, adopted children, and half-blood relatives: No Child Left Behind.