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Category Archives: Aaron M. Arnall

Aaron M. Arnall Selected to Serve on Board of Directors for Sharing Tree

Aaron M. Arnall has been chosen to serve a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Sharing Tree, a local non-profit that serves families in need by providing a dignified shopping experience at no cost. Sharing Tree started as as a seasonal agency offering help at Christmas time, and has grown… Read More »

Basics of Estate Planning – Part Two

Goals of Estate Planning Here are four goals for every estate plan: Every estate plan should increase and preserve your property during your lifetime. This includes managing liquidity, building or increasing retirement benefits, and minimizing tax burdens. Every estate plan should provide for your beneficiaries after your death, with provisions tailored to each beneficiary’s specific… Read More »

Planning For Your Children

If you are a parent of a young child or children, having an estate plan in place is more important than ever. No one knows your child better than you do, and a proper estate plan should provide for his or her care and maintenance, ensuring that he or she will be properly cared for… Read More »

Small Estate Affidavits in Oklahoma

Effective November 1, 2017, the limit for Small Estate Affidavits increased from $20,000.00 to $50,000.00. This is a considerable plus for the distribution of small estates as it can avoid the necessity of a costly probate. In Oklahoma, there are two (2) types of Small Estate Affidavits. The first, authorized by 58 O.S. § 393,… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »