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Probate includes naming the executor and protecting assets

Going through the experience of losing a loved one is difficult. The grief can feel overwhelming, but for many Oklahoma residents, they will have to put their grief aside for a time as they work to close the decedent's estate. This duty falls to the executor who sees the estate through the probate process.

The person who acts as executor could come about in two ways. The deceased may have named an executor in his or her will, or if no will existed, the court will appoint a personal representative. In either case, the candidate can refuse to take on the role. If he or she accepts, the court will grant that person the authority to act on behalf of the estate in order to settle final affairs.

Of course, in order to settle those affairs, including distributing property, the executor will need to locate all of the deceased's possessions. This step allows the executor to protect the assets against relatives or others who may try to take items out of turn. It is also important to remember that the executor needs to know about any nonphysical assets, like retirement accounts or insurance policies, as well.

Probate involves paying attention to many minute details, and executors can easily feel stressed and uncertain. Fortunately, there are legal professionals available who can help Oklahoma residents in this position throughout the process. Consulting with experienced probate attorneys can allow individuals to better understand their responsibilities during this time and how they can effectively move through the legal proceedings.

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