What Can Cause Probate Delays In Oklahoma?

Probate Delays In Oklahoma

Probate delays in Oklahoma are frustrating. Probate is the Court’s process to distribute a deceased person’s estate. The probate process can be a difficult time for families. Emotions are running high, money is involved, and everyone is on edge. This article will describe some of the most common probate disputes and how these disputes might delay the probate process so…

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Estate Planning For Blended Families in Oklahoma

Estate Planning For Blended Families

Estate planning for blended families in Oklahoma continues to be more important. In the United States, the current divorce rate for first-time marriages is almost fifty percent. Of the fifty percent of marriages that end in divorce, most people re-marry. Bringing two different families together can be difficult and result in many emotions for both sides of the family. These…

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What If My Spouse Files A Protective Order Against Me in Oklahoma?

Spouse Files A Protective Order

Its not uncommon in divorce or child custody cases where a spouse files a protective order against the other side. A protective order in Oklahoma is a court order that protects specific individuals from harassment or abuse. The order limits another person’s behavior towards the individual requesting protection. They can be filed by anyone against another in which they are…

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Does Workers Compensation Benefits Affect Child Support in Tulsa?

Workers Compensation Benefits

Oklahoma workers compensation benefits affect child support in some instances. Oklahoma law imposes a legal duty on parents to support, protect, and care for their minor children. This includes financial support based on Oklahoma’s child support guidelines. The Oklahoma guidelines require specific data about the number of children subject to the support order, any other children, each parent’s income, the…

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When Can I Be Awarded Punitive Damages For Personal Injury in Tulsa Oklahoma?

Punitive Damages For Personal Injury

Punitive damages for personal injury in Oklahoma are sometimes available to our clients. As in every other state, Oklahoma’s civil court system provides individuals with a mechanism for recourse when harmed by the negligent, reckless, and intentional conduct of others. If you live in Oklahoma and have been wrongfully injured, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries….

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What Is A DUI Field Sobriety Test In Oklahoma?

DUI Field Sobriety Test In Oklahoma

A DUI field sobriety test In Oklahoma is some of the most common evidence used by the Police in a DUI. Field sobriety tests determine impairment or a BAC level in DUI stops The BAC is used to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest. The court determines their admissibility in any DUI case on a case-by-case basis, using the…

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Do Collectors Have To Abide By Fair Debt Collection Rules In Oklahoma

Fair Debt Collection Rules In Oklahoma

Fair debt collection rules In Oklahoma apply to debt collectors both inside and outside the state. Federal and state laws limit creditors and collection agencies when collecting debts. Most states have enacted laws applicable to debt collection. Many are like the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, while some are broader and apply to the original creditor. States also have laws…

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Determining Child Custody For Unmarried Parents In Oklahoma?

Child Custody For Unmarried Parents

Child Custody For Unmarried Parents in Oklahoma is determined by filing a petition for paternity in the district court where the child is found. It may come as a surprise that ninety percent (90%) of all child custody arrangements are determined through mutual agreement between the parents, without court intervention. So what happens when the parents cannot agree on the…

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What Are Some Requirements For Filing Bankruptcy in Oklahoma?

Requirements For Filing Bankruptcy

The requirements for filing bankruptcy in Oklahoma are precise and must be met for you to be eligible to file. Bankruptcy is not something that you will want to enter blindly. It will likely require some foresight and planning. Because it can be a life-altering decision, you will want to educate yourself on the process and what some requirements for…

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What Is The Best Custody Arrangement In Oklahoma?

Best Custody Arrangement

The best custody arrangement In Oklahoma depends on the particular situation and facts of your case. Going through a separation or divorce can come with many logistical and emotional challenges. If there are children involved, it can be even more difficult. There can be many factors in deciding on a plan for custody and visitation. At the center of custody…

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Who Is Liable For An Injury Caused By Construction Defects?

Injury Caused By Construction Defects

An Oklahoma Injury caused by construction defects can be devastating causing serious personal injury or death to victims. Construction projects are a daily occurrence. Whether it is the construction of a new building, roads, or the repairs and maintenance of highways and facilities, there is always some form of construction going on around us. That is why it is no…

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What are Guardianship Requirements If I Have A Felony Conviction In Oklahoma?

Guardianship Requirements

Oklahoma has certain guardianship requirements for those seeking a guardianship of another person. There are some unfortunate situations in life that might result in a person becoming unable to make their own decisions. Legally, this is known as being incapacitated. When someone becomes incapacitated and cannot handle their affairs, they can have a guardian appointed to them who will step…

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What Is The Statute Of Limitations For Car Accidents in Oklahoma?

statute of limitations for car accidents

The statute of limitations for car accidents in Oklahoma requires that you bring your negligence claim within a certain time period. If you miss the statutory period you may be time barred from collecting damages for the negligence of the other driver. There can be a lot to process after you’ve been in a car accident. There might be car…

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Is Social Security Income For The Bankruptcy Means Test In Oklahoma?

Paying estate debts In probate

Social Security Income might impact your ability to file a bankruptcy in Oklahoma. If you face financial challenges, bankruptcy may be the solution you need to feel at ease again. However, pursuing bankruptcy might seem overwhelming. Filing for bankruptcy can entail figuring out confusing paperwork and dealing with detailed research about your options. When you decide to file for bankruptcy,…

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What Is The Waiting Period For A Divorce In Oklahoma?

There is a waiting period for divorce in Oklahoma that depends on a few different factors. Deciding to get a divorce can be one of the most challenging decisions you’ll have to face. Not only are there all kinds of arrangements to consider, but there are also so many emotions to navigate. Adding the grieving of your relationship to all…

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Can I Remove an Executor in a Probate Case In Oklahoma?

Kelly Sweeny, Esq.

You can remove an Executor in a probate case In Oklahoma but there are things that must be done first. Imagine this: your loved one dies and leaves behind a will. The will named a specific person to be its executor. However, you and other relatives begin questioning the integrity of this executor. You believe that this executor isn’t fulfilling…

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Holiday Spending Before Filing Bankruptcy in Oklahoma

Spending Before Filing Bankruptcy

Spending before filing bankruptcy in Oklahoma is scrutinized by the bankruptcy trustee. This is even more true when the spending involves holiday gifts to friends and family members. The reason for this added scrutiny relates to what bankruptcy actually is and what its intended for. Bankruptcy in Oklahoma is a legal process where a person or company cannot repay their…

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Steps To Settling Automobile Accident Claims Without A Trial in Oklahoma

Spouse Files A Protective Order

Settling automobile accident claims in Oklahoma requires that certain steps are taken. For many of us, car accidents are among the more stressful situations in life. While sometimes the accidents are just a headache to deal with, other times an accident can come with severe consequences. This may include physical injuries, financial harm, and emotional trauma. Facing the legal system…

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Getting a Misdemeanor Expunged

Getting a criminal misdemeanor expunged in Oklahoma is possible. Expungements remove or “seal” past offenses on your criminal record, but you must qualify. Having a past charge or conviction available for the public eye can cause a lot of burdens in your life. This impacts includes things like looking for a job, buying or renting a house, or simply being…

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Debts Forgiven in Bankruptcy

When we file your case most of your debts are forgiven in bankruptcy. Even if your paycheck is being garnished the garnishment stops and the debt is forgiven. Although this is welcome news there are still some kinds of debt you’ll have to continue paying. This is in addition to any secured debts, debts where you have pledged the asset…

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Capital Punishment in Oklahoma

Hit and Run Crimes

Capital Punishment in Oklahoma is permitted under sate law. Oklahoma has not enforced the death penalty since 2015. Charles Frederick Warner was the last man executed using the death penalty in our state. He was injected with a lethal dose of midazolam. Despite having 2 botched executions in the past decade that stirred controversy, Oklahoma plans to resume capital punishment…

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Irrevocable Trusts in Oklahoma

Irrevocable Trusts

In Estate Planning people often turn to trusts as a way of passing assets to avoid probate. One of the many trusts available is the Irrevocable trust. Irrevocable Trusts are trusts that cannot be altered or ended once they are executed. Unlike revocable trust, they don’t allow for modification and termination if the trust creator has to make changes. Although an irrevocable trust…

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Federal Grand Jury Process Explained by Tulsa Criminal Lawyer

Miranda Rights

Federal Grand Jury Process, like all federal criminal prosecutions is much different than in State Court. Most people are familiar with State court cases in Oklahoma, where the charges are already determined, and the case goes to trial. This is what is most commonly seen on television and what most people will experience if they’re arrested. If someone is arrested…

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Kidnapping Criminal Charges in Tulsa County

kidnapping criminal charges

Kidnapping criminal charges are filed as a felony in Oklahoma.  Most people think of famous cases like Elizabeth Smart or the three girls in Ohio who recently escaped.  However, these are extraordinary cases involving kidnapping criminal charges.  The crime often times will be from an estranged or ex-spouse taking a child.  Other forms are often holding a person against their…

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Oklahoma Work Injury Options

Injured At Work In Oklahoma

Oklahoma Work Injury options include having all your medical care paid by your employers insurance. In Oklahoma employers must carry Workers Compensation Insurance.  This means that if any employee of the company faces on the job injuries, the Workers Comp Insurance will cover them.  It provides benefits to workers who are unable to perform their regular job duties because of the…

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Tulsa Immigration Attorneys Discuss Marriage and Fiance Visa Process

Child Neglect

Marriage and Fiance Visa Process is tricky but paying close attention to the details helps get the process done. Each year the US Department of State provides approximately 30,000 couples with a marriage visa.  These are professionally the K-1 Visa.  K-1, or a marriage visa, is a requirement for couples to marry in which one person is a non-citizen of…

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Dividing Debts in Oklahoma Divorce

Dividing Debts in Oklahoma Divorce is a question faced by many families working through divorce.  One of the most frequently asked questions of a lawyer is “How does property divide in a divorce?”.  This generally includes dividing debts also.  Take for instance you had certain debts entering into a marriage, or your spouse took out student loans for a professional…

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Failure to Pay Fines and Court Costs in Oklahoma

Failure to Pay Fines and Court Costs in Oklahoma is a crime. Its a crime that can land you in jail.  A 2013 Tulsa World article, the editors at Tulsa World discuss the increasing number of people in jail for failure to pay  fines and Court costs in Oklahoma.  The article focuses on a woman who originally had $150 in fines…

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Texting and Driving in Oklahoma

Texting and driving in Oklahoma causes serious personal injury.  On November 1, 2015 in Oklahoma, the Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch Act of 2015 went into effect.  This bill resulted from an accident in which a driver—distracted by texting—hit and killed Oklahoma State Trooper Nicholas Dees and injured Trooper Keith Burch.  Although the wreck was unintentional, the driver…

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Probation Revocation Oklahoma

Probation revocation Oklahoma is a serious offense. When you’re convicted of a criminal charge in Oklahoma the Judge has the choice of sentencing you to a jail term, probation or a combination of jail and probation. If the Judge sentences you to a term of probation and you violate the probation the court can revoke the probation and sentence you…

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New Oklahoma Immigration Application Process

President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration application process on November 20, 2014. These changes are not statutes. Rather, they are executive actions. Thus, they garnered a lot of criticism by the Republican-led Congress. As part of his address regarding immigration application process and reform, President Obama promised to tighten enforcement of the borders, focus resources on deporting immigrants…

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Suing Outside of Workers Compensation Court

Workers’ compensation is generally the sole means of compensation for employees suffering injuries.  Although this is generally the rule, there are several exceptions.  Under certain circumstances, you may be able to sue for damages outside of the workers’ compensation system.  Our Tulsa Workers Compensation Lawyers set these exceptions out and they include the following: Those injured by a defective product may…

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Oklahoma Drug Crimes

Oklahoma drug crimes are a serious matter, punishable by years in prison, substantial fines, and the potential for a felony record.  In addition, Oklahoma Drug crimes can be defined to include any criminal activity that involves an illegal controlled substance. If you’ve been accused of a drug crime in Oklahoma or fear you soon will be, you need to retain the…

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Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Right for You?

In recent years, more and more Americans have found themselves weighed down by significant debt. Struggling to pay bills and living expenses, dodging harassing phone calls, and losing sleep over financial worries drives many individuals to consider bankruptcy. However, some people discover they are unable to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  This is because they don’t qualify under the strict…

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Your Responsibilities When Filing a Work Injury Claim

Workplace injuries and illnesses are burdensome and can leave you feeling helpless. In order to get through the time it will take to heal from the workplace injury or illness, you will need assistance from workers’ compensation.  This is what you should receive as an employee under Oklahoma law. While workers’ compensation insurance coverage is available to Oklahoma employees for injuries…

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Oklahoma Divorce Rate One of Highest in the Country

The United States as a country has a very high divorce rate.  The Oklahoma divorce rate is is one of the largest in the country.  In 2012, Oklahoma divorce rate was ranked third, behind Nevada and Maine, as having one of the highest divorce rates, at 12.9%.  More recent statistics show that Oklahoma has 13 divorces per 1,000 marriages per year.  Divorce…

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Criminal Statute of Limitations in Oklahoma

Oklahoma prosecutors have a limited period of time in which to press criminal drug charges against an individual.  This allows police and the prosecutor sufficient time to determine if probable cause exists.  Then to formally charge someone with a drug crime.  Oftentimes, with drug charges, it could take a prosecutor up to one year or even longer to get probable…

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What You Should Know About Oklahoma Rollover Accidents

Oklahoma rollover accidents often involve life threatening and sometimes fatal injuries.  Most of us have heard stories about horrible Oklahoma rollover accidents. This is a function of the severity of this type of accident. Interestingly, most people associate roll-over accidents with SUVs. However, recent statistics suggest that under certain circumstances, anything from a sedan to a tractor-trailer can become vulnerable…

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Should I File for Divorce Before Bankruptcy?

Trying to save your home from foreclosure while having to deal with nagging creditors can create a lot of stress and anxiety. In particular this true for married couples with credit problems.  With 50% of Oklahoma marriages ending in divorce, it well-known that financial issues are a leading reason for divorce.  In fact, many couples trying to address debt problems sometimes…

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