How long does it take for the estate to be distributed to the heirs?
The complexity of the estate and the determination of the individuals that are entitled to inherit the estate dictate the length of time an estate administration will take. Beneficiaries are cautioned not to plan their financial affairs upon the expectation of receiving a distribution of a certain amount at a specific time. In certain instances, a partial preliminary distribution of estate assets can be made with Court approval. For more information please call 405-713-6770.

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1. How does the Public Administrator’s Office get involved in a case?
2. How does someone report such a case?
3. What are the primary duties of the Public Administrator?
4. Will the Public Administrator make funeral arrangements?
5. What is a formal probate proceeding?
6. Is there a less complicated way of handling small estates?
7. Should a beneficiary hire an attorney to represent his or her interests if the Public Administrator is acting as administrator?
8. Is the Public Administrator bonded?
9. Is estate property ever sold?
10. How does the Public Administrator sell the estate?
11. Can anyone bid on real estate property?
12. Can the Public Administrator or his/her staff buy estate property?
13. Who can make a claim against the estate?
14. During administration, do funds held by the Public Administrator earn interest?
15. Do estate beneficiaries receive a full accounting of the estate administration?
16. How long does it take for the estate to be distributed to the heirs?
17. How much does the Public Administrator charge for its services?
18. Are heirs required to advance funds necessary for the administration of the estate (court costs, insurance and storage costs, etc.) in those cases where estate funds are not immediately available?
19. How can a beneficiary or other interested person help to speed up the administration?