If my grandmother was the sole owner of a property, what can we do to ensure that the house stays in the family?

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If my grandmother was the sole owner of a property, what can we do to ensure that the house stays in the family?

Nothing has been done with the house or the deed. Some are concerned that it will fall to the state since she had no Will.

Asked on November 8, 2013 under Estate Planning, Oklahoma

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If your Grandmother died with out a Will then she is said to have died "intestate" and the intestacy laws in the state of Oklahoma will govern how the estate is distributed.  Now, some one needs to be appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate.  The only way that the house can be passed on is through an Executor's Deed.  But there is a whole lot of other stuff that has to be done too like notice to all those that would inherit as well as to potential creditors.  Seek legal help. Good luck.


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