10th Sep 2019

The last blog post in this series on handwritten or holographic wills had this title: Entirely in TESTATOR’S handwriting. The point of that title was to emphasize the handwriting must be the testator’s. Whether out of noble motives, such as … more

26th Aug 2019

Stop by my office and check out our latest “fine art” exhibit. Honestly, it is basically just a few of my kids’ county fair entries hanging out until the pumpkins soften. But still highly entertaining! (And what is dad’s office … more

20th Aug 2019

In the last post we looked at the basic rule for a valid handwritten or “holographic” will in Oklahoma. The first requirement is that it must be “entirely written . . . by the hand of the testator himself,” as … more

9th Aug 2019

Old Glory was front and center and looking good at the opening of the Texas County Free Fair this Wednesday. I was there with the Ambassadors helping the Board and others do a ribbon cutting and kick off this year’s … more

14th Jun 2019

The topic of handwritten wills has gained interest recently because of developments in the Aretha Franklin estate. Basic Questions So what is the law? Can handwritten wills be legally valid? Can a Court or Judge admit a handwritten will to … more

7th Jun 2019

The Guymon Ambassadors recently helped Main Street Guymon welcome motorcycle enthusiasts from all over to Guymon for the Five States Run. Five States Run The Five States Run is a three hundred mile motorcycle ride beginning in Guymon which allows … more

22nd May 2019

Did Aretha Franklin leave a handwritten will? Or several handwritten Wills? That is what the Detroit Free Press is reporting. Previously Thought No Will It was previously reported by the same source and others that Aretha Franklin died without a … more

21st May 2019

Guymon welcomed the 2019 Leadership Oklahoma class recently. As a Guymon Ambassador, I was part of a reception and dinner for the class put on by the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. It is always a great event and lots of … more

13th May 2019

If you are a Trustee or Beneficiary of a Trust and you have major questions about how the Trust is supposed to work, Oklahoma law may have a helpful avenue for you.  (See this prior blog post for a breakdown … more

30th Apr 2019

My mom Gloria Stump is retiring this week. There is a retirement reception Friday to honor her 21 years of service to her current employer: Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI). I remember her also working in this area at CRI … more