16th Dec 2019

In prior posts in this series, we looked at several “musts” that holographic wills need to have in order to be valid under Oklahoma law: -Entirely Handwritten; -Handwritten by the Testator; –Dated; –Signed; Last post we began to look at … more

4th Dec 2019

The holographic will statute in Oklahoma has a number of “musts.” Those have been the subject of the last few blog posts in this series. Namely in order to be valid, holographic wills must be: -Entirely Handwritten; -Handwritten by the … more

16th Nov 2019

The bar convention for Oklahoma (Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Bar Association) took place last week in Oklahoma City. There are numerous activities over several days, including opportunities for attorneys to meet together for learning and discussion. I presented on … more

2nd Oct 2019

This blog post is the fourth in a series looking at the specifics of what Oklahoma law requires in order to have a valid holographic or handwritten will. The first three requirements are: -Entirely Handwritten; -Handwritten by the testator/maker; –Dated; … more

30th Sep 2019

The last few blog posts have looked at the law on handwritten or holographic wills in Oklahoma. They can become major issues in estates, as the Aretha Franklin estate illustrates. The major requirements for a holographic will have been laid … more

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

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

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

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

26th Apr 2019

When the Settlor (i.e. creator) of a Trust dies, it is usually an important event in the life of the Trust.  Legal and other work becomes necessary.  This is especially true if the Trust holds real estate.  (See my prior … more