This is the first article in our series on property inheritance and probate proceedings in Oklahoma.  Losing a loved one is an emotionally challenging time, and understanding and managing the legal aspects that accompany it can be equally overwhelming.  Regardless of whether you find yourself as an inheritor, a named beneficiary in a will, or a legal heir under Oklahoma intestate law, we recognize the many questions that may be running through your mind.  This is why we wrote this series to shed light on the legal nuances that follow a loved one’s passing.

Throughout the series, we aim to dive into crucial aspects such as inheritance laws in Oklahoma, the significance of a last will, property transfer and retitling, and the probate process itself.

Here is what you can anticipate in this series:

  • What are the inheritance laws for property in Oklahoma: and how do they apply with or without a will?
  • How does the probate process work in Oklahoma and what are the key steps involved?
  • Inheriting a house with a mortgage: What factors should Oklahoma residents consider, and what steps to take?
  • Probate vs. non-probate assets: What’s the difference, and how does it affect inherited property in Oklahoma?
  • Inheriting a car in Oklahoma: How to retitle the vehicle in your name?
  • What are the legal and financial responsibilities of inheriting a home in Oklahoma?
  • My parent passed away: Does their estate have to go through probate in Oklahoma?

We chose these topics for several reasons.  Firstly, many people are unsure of what happens to a person’s property after their death.  The person is no longer the owner of the property and that property is now owned by the decedent’s estate.  The disposition of this property depends on many factors such as the existence of a valid will, living trust, transfer on death deed, and how it was owned.  We will shed light on this topic to educate our readers on the many ways a decedent’s property can be disposed of.

Secondly, for those unfamiliar with the probate process, the entire proceeding can be a bit confusing.  Probate is simply a legal process that administers the deceased person’s assets.  It is a court-supervised process where the decedent’s property is inventoried, debts paid, and remaining assets distributed to the heirs.  This series plans to demystify the probate proceeding and discuss some of its nuances.

Moreover, inheriting a house can be exciting, but also intimidating.  It’s only natural that an heir may be left with many unanswered questions such as: What happens to the mortgage, how to re-title the property, can I sell the house?  The subsequent article will answer these extremely important questions and discuss the process of re-titling the ownership of real property.

Furthermore, you cannot completely grasp the probate process without understanding that there are two types of properties:  probate and non-probate.  One type of property must go through the probate process while another avoids probate.  In the subsequent article, we will discuss both of these types and explain the implications they have on the probate process and ultimately on the disposition of assets.

Inheriting a car can be exciting, but you may not know how to re-title the vehicle in your name.  In the subsequent article, we delve into the process of re-titling a car that you inherited to your name.  How this process looks depends on factors like whether there is a valid will, size of the estate, ownership status, etc.  In the post, we aim to lay out the various ways you may re-title the vehicle that you inherited.

Lastly, inheriting property isn’t just a windfall; it comes with its own set of responsibilities.  For instance, that property may still have a mortgage or a lean on it.  In this post, we will discuss the various responsibilities that may be attached to an inherited property, and how to address them.

OKC Estate Planning and Probate Attorney: Oklahoma Probate Lawyer

Trying to navigate the probate process while grieving can be exhausting and intimidating.  If you find yourself in this challenging position, coping with the loss of a loved one, and needing assistance with the estate administration, we are here to help.  Our attorneys at Niroula Law are dedicated to guiding you through this process, providing compassionate and professional support every step of the way.  Please contact us online or by telephone to get in touch with an OKC estate planning law firm and to speak to a probate attorney.  We proudly serve Oklahoma County, Cleveland County, Logan County, and Grady County.