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To become a child’s guardian in Oklahoma, you must: File a petition in court Get a hearing date and give notice of hearing to the child’s parents (and possibly other parties) Attend the hearing. You become the guardian when the judge signs the order appointing you guardian. This is the second post in a three-part series on guardianships. Filing the petition in court To obtain guardianship of a minor in Oklahoma, your first step is…
,If you name a guardian for your children, that person can take care of your children when you die or become incapacitated; ,You may name a guardian of your children in your will or other written document; ,There are certain conditions that can disqualify a person from becoming a guardian. This is the first post in a three-part series on guardianships. This post will discuss how to nominate someone to be your child’s guardian. Next…
Today’s Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, holds: Much of eastern Oklahoma (likely including Bartlesville) is within Indian Country. Only federal courts, and not state courts, may prosecute an Indian who commits a “major crime” in Indian Country. Jimmy McGirt was convicted of “serious sexual offenses” in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. Mr. McGirt challenged his conviction in the U.S. Supreme Court. The undisputed points of the case were: 1. Mr. McGirt was an enrolled member…
You should not use do-it-yourself will-creating websites because: The language in the will probably won’t be effective. The consequences of poor language in the will are severe. Online sites don’t have accurate information about the law. You often can’t sue websites if they draft your will incorrectly. A website cannot determine your emotional and personal needs. Recently, I received an advertisement in the mail for an online service that boasted that they could create a…
,If you’ve been sued: ,No action may be taken against you, until you have been served ,You have a deadline to file an answer to the lawsuit, or appear in court ,You may settle with the plaintiff at any time. ,Being sued is one of the most stressful situations in which you may find yourself. If you have been sued, you are likely wondering: What can I do? What is going to happen? ,If you…
Click Si no es ciudadano estadounidense: Puede obtener una licencia de conducir de Oklahoma si reside en ese estado y reúne ciertos requisitos de inmigración. No necesita tomar la prueba de conducir para obtener una licencia de conducir si tiene una de su país de origen y puede mostrar su historial de conducción. Puede manejar sin una licencia de conducir de Oklahoma si no reside en ese estado y tiene una de la jurisdicción en…
Haga clic If you are not a U.S. citizen: You may obtain an Oklahoma driver’s license if you are an Oklahoma resident, and meet certain immigration requirements; You do not need to take the driving test to get a driver’s license, if you have a driver’s license in your home country and can show your driving record; You may drive without an Oklahoma driver’s license, if you are not an Oklahoma resident and have a…
This post will tell: Where to find COVID legal updates in every state in the U.S. Where to find the current Oklahoma COVID laws; Where to find updates on the legal situation in Bartlesville You are likely wondering: What are the current COVID ordinances in Bartlesville? What are the latest laws and orders in Oklahoma? If you’re going to another state, you may be wondering: what are the current laws in that state? The laws…
,In a summary administration, you still have to go to probate court, but the process is simpler, faster, and more streamlined than an ordinary probate case. You may file for summary administration if: ,The estate is worth $200,000 or less, or ,The decedent has been deceased for over five years, or ,The decedent lived outside of Oklahoma at the time of his death. ,Last week’s post ,Here’s how a summary administration works: 1. ,If you…
,You may have heard the term “small estate”, and you wonder: What is a small estate in Oklahoma? ,Under ,Let’s break down that definition: ,,Fair market value, – according to ,,Located in this state, – if all of the property that the decedent owns, located in this state, is of a total value less than $50,000, it’s a small estate. If the decedent owns property outside of Oklahoma, this out-of-state property does not count in…