19th Feb 2021

In Tony Hseih’s estate, it appears there is the issue of no will. I wrote about that in more detail in my last post. However, there is also the issue of a “mess” left behind – including possible deals written … more

2nd Feb 2021

Whether you are Tony Hseih (an early investor and CEO of popular shoe and clothes company Zappos), Aretha Franklin, or an Average Joe like most of us, if you die without a will, there are certain basic consequences you should … more

6th Jan 2021

Tony Hseih was an early investor and CEO of a popular shoe and clothes company called Zappos. He died recently, suddenly, and unexpectedly, according to his family. He may have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars according to Forbes. … more

30th Oct 2020

If you do not plan ahead with a Last Will and Testament (or other estate planning documents and actions), the following will NOT happen: 1. Surviving Spouse If you have children, your entire estate will NOT pass to your surviving … more

16th Oct 2020

Actor Chadwick Boseman recently died after a battle with cancer. Reports this week are that he died intestate or without a Will. (Of course those were the initial reports in the Aretha Franklin estate as well – before that situation … more

21st Sep 2020

This post continues the topic of the law few posts: why does the law require most forms of wills to have witnesses, but the law does not require witnesses for handwritten or holographic wills? The last post looked at the … more

16th Jun 2020

In the last post in this series on holographic wills, we discussed why the law does not require witnesses for holographic wills. The logic seems to be: examining a handwritten will can give many of the same protections that witnesses … more

28th May 2020

This blog post series on handwritten wills has explored the fact that witnesses are not required for a valid holographic will in Oklahoma. The last few posts have dug a little deeper into this issue, guided by three questions in … more

23rd Apr 2020

In this broader series on handwritten or holographic wills, we have been looking at the narrower issue of witnesses in recent posts. The last post looked at an overview of why witnesses are used in conventional wills. The summary was: … more

24th Mar 2020

Oklahoma law requires two witnesses for most types of last wills and testaments. One notable exception is the holographic will, which this series of blog posts is exploring. This blog post highlights a couple of the main reasons the law … more