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2018 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, 2018, through December 31, 2018. The postjudgment interest rate to be charged on judgments for calendar year 2018 shall be 6.50 percent, up from 5.75 percent in 2017. Should you… Read More »

Estate Planning and the Special Needs Trust

A Special Needs Trust is a specific trust which ensures that a beneficiary remains eligible for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and other government benefits. It also provides for distributions for medical care not covered by Medicaid as well as other enhancements to the beneficiary’s quality of life. Your will should provide your Personal Representative the… Read More »

Who Should Serve as Trustee of My Trust?

If those you have chosen as Trustee lack the ability or knowledge to implement your directions, then regardless of how well prepared your estate planning documents are, especially your trusts, your estate planning goals may fail. The following are some things to think about when you choose a Trustee: (1) Does your prospective Trustee have… 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.

I’ve Been Appointed Guardian, Now What?

If you’ve been appointed guardian over a relative or other loved one, or you think that it may happen soon, please be aware that being appointed as a guardian brings with it many responsibilities and duties. The precise nature of your duties as guardian will be determined by the Judge and by Oklahoma law. You… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. Receives Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award

On June 28, 2013, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., was chosen by the Oklahoma County Bar Association as the recipient of the 2013 Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award. The Bobby G. Knapp Leadership Award is awarded for sustained and effective leadership in the Oklahoma County Bar Association, distinguished by stewardship and professionalism reflecting the highest values… Read More »

Questions About Oklahoma Covenant Marriage Bill

THE FOLLOWING IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF THE CROSTHWAIT LAW FIRM, ITS ATTORNEYS, OR ITS STAFF, REGARDING  THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION. The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 105, which would legalize “covenant marriage” in Oklahoma. The Bill’s proponent, Senator Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate), cites… Read More »

For Love or Money: When Is Influence Due and Undue?

Lawsuits challenging the validity of wills and trusts based on undue influence have become increasingly more common. In many, if not most cases, the persons alleged to be exerting the influence are family members or trusted others who use their position to unduly influence the elder for their own greed or financial gain. In a… Read More »

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr. to Join Professional Responsibility Tribunal

M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., has been chosen to serve on the Professional Responsibility Tribunal of the Oklahoma Bar Association. The Professional Responsibility Tribunal is a panel of Masters whose function is to conduct hearings on formal complaints filed against lawyers and on applications for reinstatement to the practice of law in the State of Oklahoma. You… Read More »