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

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

10th Jul 2017

In this series of posts, we are looking to clarify what an “estate” is – in a practical, real world way, not a legal dictionary way. Prior Illustration – Property Focus In the last post, I gave one practical illustration … more

3rd Jul 2017

In the last post, we set out to shed some light on what exactly “Estate” means. One way to define an estate is to think about property ownership. An estate will be necessary when someone dies owning property in their … more

27th Jun 2017

“Estate” is one of those words that is often used in the law but not in everyday conversation.  I just spoke at a conference titled, “Estate Administration From Start To Finish.”  My office cups summarize my law practice in three … more

14th Jun 2017

I had a great time presenting yesterday at National Business Institute’s (NBI) “Estate Administration From Start to Finish” continuing education seminar in Oklahoma City.  Thank you to NBI for putting on the conference.  And thank you to everyone who attended or … more

25th Apr 2017

I will be presenting a couple of sessions at a Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Estate Administration From Start to Finish” in Oklahoma City on June 13. This is a National Business Institute (NBI) event.  I have worked with them several … more

30th Mar 2017

This is probably the final blog post in this series on Special Administrators.  Using the example of Aubrey McClendon’s estate as a popular example, the series first looked at the basic role and function of a Special Administrator.  The series … more

10th Mar 2017

Courts generally appoint Special Administrators instantly, without notice, to attend to pressing issues in an estate. To protect the estate beneficiaries,  the law provides several safeguards against bad acts of a Special Administrator.  Earlier posts have looked at: the requirement for an accounting, … more

19th Jan 2017

Recent posts have looked at a number of safeguards in the context of a Special Administrator.   A Court often appoints a Special Administrator instantly, without notice, to attend to pressing issues in an estate.  To protect those interested in the … more