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Category Archives: Oklahoma Law

Do I Need A Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements or even “prenups”, are agreements between prospective spouses made in contemplation of their marriage. A prenuptial agreement helps a married couple establish what is yours, what is mine, and what is ours. These agreements become effective upon marriage, and deal with how you and your spouse’s finances are… Read More »

The OkPOLST Form – What Is It?

The Oklahoma Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – or OkPOLST – form is designed for patients who are seriously ill with life-limiting conditions and irreversible illnesses, including those who are frail and elderly. There is no age limit as the patient having capacity can sign or the patient’s legal health care representative may sign on… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »