Following the death of a loved one, many people have a difficult time dealing with their losses. To make the mourning process more difficult, those left behind must make their way through paperwork and legal administration of the deceased’s estate. An experienced estate administration lawyer can help.
Providing You With Compassionate And Affordable Assistance After A Death
At Ivy, Ratcliff & Chasteen, P.C., our attorneys understand the struggles you face after a family member passes away. If your loved one died without an estate plan, Oklahoma intestacy laws will take over, and his or her assets will have to go through probate — an often complex and expensive process. Even a simple, uncontested probate proceeding can cost up to $3,000 and take a minimum of four months to complete.
An estate administration process is necessary to settle debts and distribute assets if an estate plan was in place at the time of death. Even comprehensive estate planning documents in place do not always mean there will not be a controversy. There are strict rules to follow regarding filing paperwork and financial reports and, if a mistake is made, a civil lawsuit may be necessary to clear up the matter.
If there is a conflict among heirs, the cost and duration of either process may increase, potentially leaving the surviving family members without access to assets held in the deceased’s name or, when everything is complete, with less money to live on.
Experienced. Effective. Affordable.
Since 1949, our law firm has represented individuals and families when controversies arise during an estate administration or probate process — including will contests, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, appeals, and resolving real estate title issues. You do not need to go through this difficult time alone. We strive to help you avoid and quickly resolve disputes.