Where Must Probate Occur?
Probate must take place in the county where the decedent lived. If they were a resident of another state, but owned property in Oklahoma, probate must be conducted in the county where they owned property.
Do I Need A Probate Lawyer?
A personal representative does not have to hire an attorney. However, personal representatives are personally liable for the mistakes they make: i.e failing to properly maintain the assets during the probate, or failing to ensure each heir receives their proper inheritance. Hiring an attorney doesn't just help avoid personal liability, but it ensures that everyone involved exits the process with all their relationships intact.
How Long Does Probate In Oklahoma Take?
In Oklahoma, most probate can be done in four to six months. However, each case is different and factors such as fighting, or litigation can contribute to the timeframe being extended.