Tips for Executors Dealing with Property in Multiple States

If you feel overwhelmed by your duties as the executor of an estate, you are not alone. Executors often feel unsure of how to proceed with probate, especially in the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one.

In many cases, executors and personal representatives have to consider not only the property within the deceased’s home state, but also property that the deceased owned in other states.

How are multistate probate issues handled in Oklahoma?

While every situation is different, often it is necessary to open a secondary probate in the state where the property is located. This secondary probate is called ancillary probate.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be dealing with overlapping areas of law.

If you are facing multistate or multicounty probate issues, you may need the assistance of a professional with experience in real estate law, tax law, business law and probate.

It is also important that your attorney has experience in handling multiple kinds of property, which, in Oklahoma, may include:

  • Oil, gas and mineral interests
  • Farmland
  • Residential and commercial real estate
  • Business interests

Other matters to address in the probate and estate administration process include:

  • Preparing an inventory
  • Collecting assets
  • Properly filing paperwork
  • Distributing assets to heirs
  • Handling tax issues
  • Handling any creditor actions
  • Resolving any estate-related disputes

For more on issues specific to ancillary probate proceedings in Oklahoma, please see our out-of-state probate overview.

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