2021 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 58. Probate Procedure
§58-245. Petition for summary administration - Conditions - Requirements.

Universal Citation: 58 OK Stat § 58-245 (2021)

A. A petition for summary administration may be filed by any person interested in an estate that meets one of the following conditions:

1. The value of the estate is less than or equal to Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00);

2. The decedent has been deceased for more than five (5) years; or

3. The decedent resided in another jurisdiction at the time of death.

B. The petition shall set forth the following:

1. A statement of the interest of the petitioner;

2. The name, age and date of death of the decedent, and the county and state of the decedent's domicile at the time of death;

3. If the decedent died testate, the original or certified copy of the will of the decedent shall be attached to the petition, together with a statement that:

  • a.the petitioner, to the best of the knowledge of the petitioner, believes the will to have been validly executed, and
  • b.after the exercise of due diligence, the petitioner is unaware of any instrument revoking the will, and that the petitioner believes that the instrument attached to the application is the decedent's last will;

4. Whether the will attached to the petition has been admitted to probate in any other jurisdiction;

5. If the decedent died intestate, the petitioner shall state that the petitioner has diligently searched for and failed to find a will;

6. The names, ages and last-known addresses of the administrators, executors, nonpetitioning conominees, heirs, legatees and devisees of the decedent, so far as known to the petitioner;

7. The names and last-known addresses of all known creditors of the decedent. The petitioner shall state that the petitioner has exercised due diligence in determining the identities, last-known addresses and claims of the decedent's creditors;

8. The probable value and character of the property of the estate and the legal description of all real property owned by the decedent in Oklahoma;

9. Whether an application or petition for the appointment of a personal representative is pending or has been granted in any jurisdiction;

10. A statement of the relief requested, which may include a prayer for the court to admit the will, if any, to probate, to appoint the person requested in the petition as personal representative, to determine the heirs, devisees and legatees of the decedent, to approve the final account, to distribute the property of the estate and to discharge the personal representative; and

11. A waiver of the final accounting pursuant to Section 541 of this title, if applicable.

C. The petition shall be verified by the petitioner or signed by the attorney for the petitioner.

D. The court, without a hearing, shall issue letters of special administration to the person requested in the petition if the petition is in proper form and:

1. The proposed personal representative is named as personal representative in the will;

2. The proposed personal representative has prior right to appointment; or

3. The petition is accompanied by a waiver of all persons entitled to letters testamentary and all persons with a prior right of appointment.

The special administrator shall have the powers set forth in subsection A of Section 215 of this title. The court, in its discretion, may require a bond.

Added by Laws 1998, c. 359, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 144, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013; Laws 2014, c. 155, § 1, emerg. eff. April 25, 2014.

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