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- Estate Planning
- Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Areas
- Business Formation
- Ancillary Probate
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
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Guardianships and conservatorships are also a significant part of my practice.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- Pittsburg State University
- M.A. (1986) | English
- Oklahoma City University School of Law
- J.D. (1985)
- Baylor University
- B.A. (1981) | English
- Oklahoma Bar Association  # 11677
- Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts Section of Oklahoma Bar Association
- - Current
- William J. Holloway American Inn of Court
- Barrister Member
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- Ben Meek, Attorney at Law
271 Questions Answered
- Q. I have a judgement against me to the tune of around $13,000. My husband and I both have a will.
- A: The judgment is due now. The judgment may grow dormant or become unenforceable over time if the judgment creditor does not keep it alive by taking certain steps, such as, for example, issuing an execution or garnishment every so often. Joint bank accounts with your husband may be vulnerable now to collection remedies, depending on your state's laws. As for asset protection planning, transferring your own assets to a family member or your own trust or your husband's trust with knowledge of your own creditors and debts might be considered what's called a "fraudulent conveyance." If so, the creditor could probably claw back those assets to apply to the debt. It's more complicated than this but you would need an asset protection lawyer to advise you. As for the effect of your husband's death on the judgment: property distributed to you would become vulnerable to collection remedies such as execution, garnishment, and others by your creditors. Jointly owned assets that would become your sole assets would also be vulnerable. Contact an attorney in your state for specific legal advice about your situation.
- Q. What am I in titled to as a surviving spouse?
- A: You need to talk to an experienced probate lawyer in your state. In many states, the surviving spouse may have a "forced share" of the decedent's estate even if the decedent tried to disown or limit the spouse's share. Also, you may have a homestead interest in the marital residence that entitles you to live there until your death or abandonment of the property. Justia.com can help you find attorneys near you. Many offer free initial consultations. Good luck.
- Q. im trying to find a simple vacant land purchase agreement form with no broker involved and i am paying cash
- A: You might try the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission website. They have some free forms there.
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