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What you should know about holographic wills in Oklahoma

Estate planning is personal, and there may not be anything more personal than a handwritten will. At Ball & Morse, PLLC, we know that many people in Oklahoma may prefer to write out their wishes themselves. You certainly have the right to do so, but you should know a few specifics to ensure that your document is legal and protected.

What is a health care proxy in Oklahoma?

Should you become incapacitated or are otherwise unable to make health care decisions for yourself, you will need someone to help you. On Oklahoma's Advance Directive for Health Care, there is a space where you can designate a health care proxy. According to the form, both your physician and another doctor will have to determine that you are no longer able to make decisions.

Leaving a loved one out of a will

When a person in Oklahoma is drafting a last will and testament, there may be a number of difficult decisions to make regarding who should get what. Hard feelings and disputes among family members may be unavoidable if there are already expectations in place. In most cases, though, people have their own reasons for choosing how to distribute assets among their heirs, whether they are financial or personal effects. This also includes the choice to leave someone out.

Know when to update your estate plan in Oklahoma

If you already have an estate plan in place, you are ahead of the game. A 2013 survey from Harris Interactive found that the majority of American adults do not even have a will. Our attorneys at Ball & Morse, PLLC, encourage people in Oklahoma to address these issues as soon as possible. Once you have a plan, keep in mind that updating your end-of-life wishes are just as important as putting the initial plans in place.

Choose the executor of your will wisely

The point of proper estate planning in Oklahoma is to ensure that following your death, your wishes are kept. At Ball & Morse, PLLC, we know that a key part of that process will be having the right executor in place. There are several factors to consider when you are appointing the person who will be entrusted with your will.

Circumstances that may give you reason to contest a will

The death of a loved one is never easy to deal with. The feelings of heartache and confusion may be multiplied if you find out you’ve been left out of your family member’s will, or if other beneficiaries received a disproportionately larger amount than you did. If you find yourself the unfortunate subject of such a slight, you may think about contesting the will. At Ball & Morse, PLLC, we understand how the unfavorable contents of a will might leave some Oklahoma residents feeling shocked and betrayed. We also know the circumstances in which you may be able to contest a will.

Will disputes can cause contention in families

It is understandable that you want the best for your loved ones after you die. This would include knowing that the beneficiaries of your will, which would probably be your closest relatives, will spend the time after your death remembering you instead of fighting over what was left to them. Unfortunately, at Ball & Morse, PLLC, we know that it is not always possible to avoid probate or will disputes for residents in Oklahoma City. Sometimes the terms of a will may not have been clear, and sometimes the beneficiaries are not happy with what they were given.

Robin Williams’ wife disputes personal items with his children

Several months ago, the entire world grieved as it lost a beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams. His loving family members, including his wife and several children from previous marriages, were also devastated. Residents in Oklahoma and across the country watched the news in sadness as they learned that some of Mr. Williams’ heirs began to dispute the property that was left behind. It is difficult enough to lose a family member without having to deal with will contests. Unfortunately, family disputes over wills and assets can and do happen.

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