14th Nov 2018

On occasion, whether by design or in response to schedule issues, I will take one or more of my kids to a routine hearing or other work event.  It is usually fun, and most people at the courthouse, or wherever we go, enjoy seeing … more

30th Oct 2018

Next Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day in the 2018 Midterm Elections.  In Oklahoma, this includes an election for Governor – as well as numerous election and retention decisions for members of all three branches of government. If you are registered to … more

26th Oct 2018

If you die without a will (or a trust or other estate planning) like Aretha Franklin, you may lose opportunities to save on taxes. Estate Taxes The estate tax is basically a tax on gifts a person makes in life … more

2nd Oct 2018

The prior blog post made this main point: if you die without a will (or a trust or other estate planning) like Aretha Franklin, you will not ultimately control who your property passes to at death. This blog post focuses … more

10th Sep 2018

If you die without a will (or a trust or other estate planning) like Aretha Franklin, one main consequence is that you will not ultimately control who your property passes to at death. An estate plan consisting of a will … more

24th Aug 2018

The Queen of Soul had a voice that was super human.  And that is probably understating it. But she may have shared a very common human trait with most of us: a tendency to put off planning for the future – including getting a … more

15th Aug 2018

If you live in Guymon or the Oklahoma Panhandle area, one good way of getting more involved in the community is the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. For example, I am currently a member of the Guymon Ambassadors, which is part … more

30th Jul 2018

The Daily Oklahoman and other news outlets such as Bloomberg and News on 6 are reporting that Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) has announced it will NOT proceed with the Wind Catcher project. The Wind Catcher website states the Wind Catcher is … more

26th Jul 2018

I really enjoyed speaking recently at the second day of National Business Institute’s (NBI) 2-day Practical Course on probate law in Oklahoma, titled Probate: Everything You Need to Know. My portion dealt with the topics of Creditor Claims and Insolvent Estates.  … more

11th Jul 2018

The last post discussed the basics of an Advance Directive for Health Care (ADHC) in Oklahoma, which can help in making end of life decisions.  The ADHC is one of at least three basic estate planning documents every person should consider. … more