Probate & Estate Administration


If you are seeking a Probate/Administration Lawyer in Tulsa, the expert legal team at Coffman and Seidenberger has the knowledge and experience you need for a successful probate process. Our attorneys are here to explain the process from start to finish. They will also help navigate you through all of the legal requirements while helping you avoid difficult liability or tax situations. Coffman and Seidenberger is prepared to assist you in all areas of the Probate/Administration process including:

  • Will Probate
  • Estate Administration
  • Will Contest
  • Estate Disputes
  • Creditor Claims
  • Personal Representative Appointment
  • Determination of Heirship
  • Transfer Decedent’s Assets
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Summary Administration

What is Probate?

This is the legal process in which a deceased person’s affairs are managed and the Estate is transferred to his or her intended beneficiaries. These beneficiaries are determined in a Last Will and Testament (“Will”) as Devisees and Legatees. If the decedent did not have a Will, then the beneficiaries are his or her Heirs, which are determined by the laws of Intestate Succession. 

No matter what area of Probate/Administration you are seeking help in, our legal team is here for you. The first step we will take is to find out if the estate is actually in need of a Probate or Administration or if a small estate affidavit or a beneficiary claim is sufficient. In the case that Probate/Administration is required, our friendly legal team will help you and your family through the entire process.

Should You Handle the Probate Without an Attorney?

It is possible to petition the court to administer the estate without an attorney, and if you are considering it, we are happy to help any way we can. However, it is not advisable as there are a myriad of legal requirements, notices, deadlines, and complex tax and real property issues to navigate. Mistakes can cause unnecessary delay, expense, and liability to yourself. If a dispute arises, you are expected to litigate the matter just as prudently as any other legal action. If you need an attorney for a Probate/Administration, give us a call and we can professionally guide you through this legal process.

Types of Probate & Administration

This legal process of admitting a deceased person’s Will with the Probate Court and appointing a Personal Representative to administer and distribute the Estate to the beneficiaries of the Will.

This is the legal process of appointing a Personal Representative to administer and distribute the Estate to the heirs that are determined by intestate succession.

This is a condensed court procedure that is available to estates that meet certain criteria as to estate value, date of death, and residence at death. If available this may be a less expensive or time-consuming procedure.

If a deceased person had a Probate or Administration filed in his or her state of residency and owned property in another state, then a separate Ancillary Probate or Administration should be filed in the state where the property is located. Often times procedure is associated with oil and gas interests.

This is the process of administering and distributing the trust assets per the terms of the Trust. This is done by the Trustee or Successor Trustee.

Under certain circumstances, estate property can be conveyed to the beneficiaries by affidavit or some other similar claim filing. If available this is the simplest method of transferring a decedent’s property.

Contact Us Today!

Whether you are facing complicated probate litigation or you just need assistance in reviewing one of your family member’s estate documents, contact the team at Coffman and Seidenberger today!