Experienced Oklahoma trusts and estates attorney helps guide you through the process
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. My name is James R. Rodgers. I have more than 40 years of experience in probate law. I know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.
The process of probate
Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will. They know little about the process. I can guide you through all aspects of probate, including:
- Filing the will with the Oklahoma probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
I assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. I also have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles, and other collectables for accurate valuation, management, and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. My professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or a disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of my client to preserve cordial familial relationships, I am adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, I assertively defend my client’s beneficiary rights within the Oklahoma probate court.
Contact James R. Rodgers today
I serve clients in Blackwell and throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. Call my office at 580-363-3684 or contact me online today.