Oklahoma City Probate Lawyer

ProbateThe loss of a loved one results in a difficult time for friends and family. Unfortunately, this difficulty can be greatly increased if probate of the deceased’s estate is not handled properly. Retaining an attorney is one of the first steps towards making sure that the matter moves through the process as smoothly as possible. This can reduce the amount of time, stress, and potential infighting involved. It can also help to ensure that as much of the state goes to the heirs, as opposed to creditors, as possible. Vivid Niroula is an Oklahoma City probate lawyer who assists with such matters. Contact our office online or by telephone today in order to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.

OKC lawyer handling probate cases involving a will as well as those involving intestate estates

Probate is the process of distributing an individual’s assets to their heirs after they pass away. If the individual passes away without a will then they are considered to have died “intestate.” This means that their assets will be distributed in an order that has been pre-defined by Oklahoma’s statutes. If an individual has a final will then their assets will generally be distributed in accordance with the terms of the document. Distribution, however, will only occur after the deceased’s debts have been paid and their affairs have been settled. Also, some assets will automatically pass to a beneficiary outside of the probate process.

The process of handling an Oklahoma probate begins by filing a Petition with the Probate Court. A copy of the last will and testament, if the deceased had one, will also be filed with the Court. After proper notices have been given to all relevant parties, the Court will hold a hearing to appoint an executor or personal representative. An executor is typically named in a will and a personal representative is someone who is appointed in an intestate estate. The executor or personal representative will be charged with filing any necessary tax returns, inventorying all items in the estate, paying claims of creditors, and distributing assets to the heirs once all affairs have been settled. Matters can quickly become complicated, however, if there are disputes over whether property should be included in the estate, whether a creditor claim is legitimate, and more. Retaining an attorney is an important step to making sure that the matter is handled properly.

Vivid Niroula is an OKC probate lawyer who handles matters with and without a last will and testament. He will use your initial consultation to review all necessary documents and to develop a plan to move the situation forward. Vivid is available to help executors with navigating the process so that their responsibilities are met. He is also able to assist heirs with ensuring that an executor or personal representative is moving the matter along expeditiously and that their interests are fully protected. Vivid handles all matters in our office personally, which means that you will be dealing with your attorney and not a paralegal. He will promptly respond to your messages and will make sure that you know what to expect from the process as it moves through the Court system. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact us today to get started.

Attorney assisting Oklahoma residents with probate & estate disputes

It is common for disputes to arise during the probate of an estate. Such disputes can involve an executor mishandling the estate, claims of fraud, disagreements over whether property should be included in the state, and more. Our attorney is able to assist with estate disputes and will quickly seek relief from the Court so that the estate’s assets are not squandered or unnecessarily lost. Time can be of the essence in such situations and it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible if you find yourself in such a situation. We are here to assist you. In addition to OKC, we also assist individuals in Edmond, Norman, Mustang, Nichols Hills, Yukon, El Reno, Shawnee, Chandler, Stillwater, and throughout the rest of the state.