Probate and Estate Administration
Probate is the formal legal process where a court distributes a person’s estate to that person’s heirs. If you die with or without a will, your estate must be probated to transfer property to your relatives. If you die with a will, it will be admitted to probate and your estate will be distributed according to the terms of the will. If you die without a will, the State of Oklahoma has set out which of your heirs will inherit from you and how much they will inherit, so your estate will be distributed according to Oklahoma law. Estate administration involves gathering the assets of a person’s estate, paying the person’s debts, and distributing the remaining assets to relatives. Probate and estate administration can be stressful and difficult, but they don’t have to be. We can guide you through the process in a straightforward and effective manner.
Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
Estate Planning allows you to control your property now, provide for yourself and family if you become disabled, give what you have to who you want, the way you want, and minimize professional fees and court costs. If you don’t have a Will, the State of Oklahoma wrote one for you—and it is inflexible and can have devastating results on families. We can build a cost-effective, customized plan to protect you and your family.
A “guardian” is someone who is chosen or appointed to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship is often over a child, or an individual who has become incapacitated through age or disability. Proper estate planning can prevent the need for a guardianship in the event you or a loved one becomes incapacitated. We can help you plan ahead to prevent future catastrophes for your family.
Lawsuits begin with the filing of a complaint in the proper court involving two (or more) opposing parties, to enforce or defend a legal right. A civil trial is often necessary when an issue cannot be solved by agreement or mediation. The Fogg Law Firm has extensive experience with civil litigation, and the process of taking legal action to resolve a dispute.
Business Entity Establishment (Corporations and LLC's)
When you decide to start a business, you have many decisions to make. Arguably the most important decision you will make is which form of a business entity to establish. There are many entities to choose from, and each will have its own advantages and disadvantages. The Fogg Law Firm will help you evaluate each option, and assess any legal liability considerations when determining which will best fit your business needs.
Condemnation can occur when a person owns property in an area that has been designated for public use or construction. Condemnation is exercised by public authorities through the power of eminent domain. The Fogg Law Firm has a wealth of experience representing both landowners and condemning authorities.
Oil & Gas Law
The decision to Lease your Oil, Gas, and Mineral rights is extremely important and can affect the well-being of you and your family for generations. The Fogg Law Firm will walk with you through the leasing processes, from reviewing title work to the oil and gas lease drafting, review and negotiation. The Fogg Law Firm also has extensive experience curing title defects so landowners can get paid for the minerals they own
Landowner's Rights, Real Estate and Property Law
This Landowner’s Bill of Rights applies to any attempt by the government or a private entity to take your property through a condemnation or other legal proceeding. Real Estate and Property Law covers an extensive legal area, and govern the various forms of ownership and tenancy in real property, and in personal property, within the legal system. The practice area of real estate and property law deals with a variety of related issues, including the following: rights and interests in real estate and real property; sales, purchases and other transfers of real estate and real property; legal aspects of rental property and landlord issues; tenants’, renters’ and homeowners’ rights; title to real property; settlement of claims against property rights; property development; zoning and land use; related agriculture issues; home loans and foreclosures; and various other relevant topics. The Fogg Law Firm represents property owners, landlords, contractors, developers, and property managers in all types of real estate matters.
In most real estate transactions, a title examination is completed to guarantee that the person(s) claiming to be the property owner actually owns the property. A title examination is usually conducted as part of the process of issuing a title insurance policy. A title examination also identifies title defects, including: negative easements, loans or liens against the property. Upon completion of the title examination, the title insurer generally issues a title commitment. A title commitment usually contains a list of requirements which must be met before the insurer issues the new title policy. That is where we come in. The Fogg Law Firm both prepares title opinions, and assists our clients in clearing defects in the chain of title, especially those related to a decedent.
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