Besides representing our Tulsa and Broken Arrow clients in matters of debt relief, we also assist them with several other areas of the law. These include estate planning and administration, criminal defense, and real estate law.
Work with a Qualified Tulsa Estate Planning Attorney to Develop a Comprehensive Estate Plan
Smart estate planning involves making use of a whole range of legal approaches to keeping wealth in the family and protecting your medical and financial dignity in the event you become incapacitated or disabled. By taking the time to get started on a comprehensive plan with the aid of a knowledgeable estate planning attorney today, you and your family may be avoiding major headaches and financial stress down the line.
At Matthew E. Riggin Bankruptcy Attorney at Law, we have been helping Oklahoma families put together sound wills and trusts for over 14 years. We know how to help you create a detailed estate plan that meets your family’s needs and protects your dignity no matter what the future holds.
There are many approaches to establishing a solid estate plan, but they all start with the same question: what’s a better choice for you, a will or a trust? The answer is: it depends.
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
If your estate planning needs are fairly simple and you don’t have much wealth tied up in real estate, small businesses, and other assets, you can often get by with a will. A will isn’t as flexible as a trust, but it’s more cost-effective and takes less time to create. One drawback of establishing a will is that it will have to pass through probate court after your death.
Probate is the process by which a will becomes legally valid in the State of Oklahoma, and it can be expensive and time-consuming if the person handling your will after your death doesn’t have legal representation. Trusts don’t need to go through probate, and this fact alone can make the added time and expense they require worth it for some families. Having a will or trust in place allows to you ensure that your property passes to your beneficiaries in accordance with your wishes, but an estate plan is about more than wealth alone.
We also assist our clients with establishing gun trusts to protect their firearms from creditors after their passing, keeping this valuable property in the family for future generations to enjoy. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more.
Oklahoma Gun Trusts
The right to bear arms is one of the most important freedoms granted to United States citizens by our founding fathers. Debate is hot about gun ownership and control, and as a result, firearm legislation has become a delicate battlefield. As an American citizen you have the right to protect yourself, and we’re here to help you protect your rights. Creating a gun trust can help sidestep some of the legal transfer requirements upon the owner’s death, making it easier for those named in the trust to possess and use the specified weapons. Some trusts can even extend across multiple generations, ensuring your family’s protection for years to come.
Because of the vast expanse of state and federal weapons laws, it’s recommended to have an experienced Tulsa trusts lawyer help you create your gun trust. We’re here to clarify those laws and help you create a comprehensive legal document to further protect your Second Amendment rights.
Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directives
In addition, our practice assists clients with establishing powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and other estate planning legal tools that can be used to safeguard your rights and your authority where your future medical care is concerned. Are you willing to undergo CPR in the event you need it to live? Who will make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so? These are the kinds of questions these legal documents can answer.
Aggressive Criminal Defense for Tulsa and Broken Arrow Clients
An arrest for a DUI or other criminal charge is a very serious matter and demands equally serious legal representation. At our firm, we have many years of experience with aggressively fighting for defendants in criminal cases and protecting their rights.
Even if we’re unable to beat a charge or get it dismissed, as your criminal defense attorney we may be able to find ways to have charges significantly reduced, meaning that any associated penalties are likely to be less severe.
Misdemeanors and Non-Violent Felonies
We handle many kinds of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies on behalf of our clients, including those involving DUI/drunk driving, drug crimes, and domestic violence. We also handle serious traffic violations, including speeding tickets. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated criminal defense lawyer. We will do whatever we can to protect your rights and your freedom.
A Reliable Partner During Oklahoma Real Estate Transactions
For most people, buying or selling a home is one of the larger transactions they’ll conduct during their lifetime. That’s why it’s highly recommended to put another pair of eyes on any legal contracts or other documents where your closing is concerned.
Working with a qualified Oklahoma real estate lawyer is the best way to ensure that your real estate dealing goes as smoothly as possible.
Guidance During Purchase and Sale Agreements
As a skilled real estate lawyer, Matthew E. Riggin can review your purchase or sale agreements to make sure there aren’t any careless errors or omissions that could compromise the value of your estate in the future. Unlike a realtor, who has a significant financial incentive to see that a closing goes through, a real estate lawyer has nothing to lose by uncovering fraud or misrepresentation on the part of sellers or lenders during a transaction and letting their clients know that it may be time to rethink their purchase. Also, realtors are not qualified to give legal advice if any issues or problems arise during a closing.
Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation with a Tulsa and Broken Arrow residential real estate attorney about an upcoming purchase or sale of a home. Our goal is to make the closing process go as smoothly as possible, and we’ll do our best to see that yours does.