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What to Do When You Lose Your Spouse

Losing your spouse is never easy. Here are some things to remember once you are ready to move forward: Obtain. You should obtain multiple certified copies of the Death Certificate when it becomes available. You are going to need one for every life insurance policy, and many of the institutions holding assets will require one as well…. Read More »

Guidelines for Acting Under a General Durable Power of Attorney

If you have been appointed to serve as an agent, also known as an attorney-in-fact, under a General Durable Power of Attorney, the principal has placed a great deal of trust in you. As the agent, your authority extends to the management of the financial and personal matters affecting the principal, as described in the… Read More »

Estate Planning In A Digital World

It is no secret that we live in a world where many aspects of our lives have become ever-increasingly digital. Whether it is social media accounts, online banking or investing, email, cloud storage, or even travel rewards and points, so much of what we do takes place online. Online profiles and account information, stored photos,… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Reelected Chief Master of Professional Responsibility Tribunal

On June 28, 2017, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., was reelected as Chief Master of the Professional Responsibility Tribunal. This is his second term as Chief Master, with his term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018. The Professional Responsibility Tribunal’s  function is to conduct hearings on formal complaints filed against lawyers and on applications for… Read More »

2017 Interest On Judgments Has Increased

The Oklahoma Administrative Office of the Courts has issued its annual notice of the interests rates applicable to judgments obtained in Oklahoma from January 1, 2017, through January 31, 2017. The postjudgment interest rate to be charged on judgments for calendar year 2017 shall be 5.75 percent. Should you need help collecting on a judgment… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Reelected as ABA State Delegate

In the 2016 State Delegate Elections,  M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. was once again elected American Bar Association State Delegate for a three-year term effective at the conclusion of the 2017 New York Annual Meeting. Mr. Crosthwait has served in the House of Delegates almost continuously since 1994. This is his second term as State Delegate and member of the… Read More »

Aaron M. Arnall to Continue as Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Technology Committee

Aaron M. Arnall, attorney with The Crosthwait Law Firm, has been chosen by Oklahoma Bar Association President Linda S. Thomas to remain as the Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Technology Committee through 2017. Mr. Arnall was first appointed to the Technology Committee in 2011, and has served as Chair since 2014. The Technology Committee monitors… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. to Serve on Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Board of Directors

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. has been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. Oklahoma Lawyers for Children “is a team of volunteer lawyers and citizen-volunteers protecting and supporting children in the foster care system…funded by private grants and donors, and each donor dollar provides over $13 in legal services.”… Read More »

Divorces Involving Minor Children After November 1, 2014

Beginning November 1, 2014, 43 O.S. 107.2, was amended to include a requirement that any “actions for divorce based upon incompatibility filed on or after November 1, 2014, where the interest of a child under eighteen (18) years of age is involved, the adult parties shall attend, either separately or together, an educational program concerning… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Elected ABA State Delegate

In the 2014 Contested State Delegate Elections,  M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. was elected ABA State Delegate for a three-year term effective at the conclusion of the 2014 Boston Annual Meeting. The State Delegate chairs the twelve member Oklahoma Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates and serves on the Nominating Committee of the ABA.