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Charles Manson's wills raise estate planning questions

Even those in Oklahoma who were not yet born at the time of the gruesome murders attributed to the Manson family likely recognize the name Charles Manson and his distinctive face with the swastika tattoo on his forehead. Manson had spent the last 48 years in prison in another state following a killing spree that left nine people dead. His recent death at the age of 83 has left some questions about the estate planning of the convicted murderer.

Man faces drunk driving hit-and-run charges

Police in Oklahoma respond as quickly as possible when they receive word that someone is in trouble. Often, law enforcement relies on average citizens to be their eyes and ears, leading them to the scene of a crime or directing them to someone suspected of wrongdoing. One woman placed herself in danger after reporting a hit-and-run accident by a man who was also suspected of drunk driving.

Probate administration begins with a will

Those designated to be the personal representatives of estates should be prepared to devote many months to the process. Probate administration is typically uneventful, but there is always the possibility that an unforeseen event will throw the process into a tailspin. The potential for delays and disputes may appear early in the process, and executors of estates in Oklahoma may find it helpful to understand how the process begins.

Many still put off estate planning until it is too late

While medical science may be increasing the life expectancy of the population in general, this doesn't necessarily mean everyone will live longer. In fact, accidental deaths, particularly fatal motor vehicle accidents, may be on the rise. There are no guarantees in life, yet people in Oklahoma continue to procrastinate when it comes to estate planning.

Estate planning important for Oklahoma farmers

Aside from distributing their assets to their loved ones, many people use estate planning for other reasons, for example as a tool for long-term health care planning, to minimize probate, to provide for someone with special needs or to avoid estate taxes. The federal estate tax exemption for individuals is currently $5.5 million, so some may feel estate planning is unnecessary for the average person. However, Oklahoma farmers may not have the luxury of avoiding such preparations.

Couple accused of drunk driving with children in car

In Oklahoma and in other states, the protection of children in motor vehicles is of primary concern to law enforcement. This is why anyone suspected of drunk driving may face even harsher penalties if convicted of doing so with a child in the car. One couple is facing such possibilities following a recent traffic incident.

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