In which county will your Oklahoma probate case be filed?

If you end up needing to do an Oklahoma probate case after a loved one passes away, where will that case be filed?

Oklahoma has a system of county courts, with one court in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.  The question of where a case is filed comes down to something called “venue”, a fancy French word that simply means “the place where something happens.” 

Oklahoma has a statute that determines the place where probate happens (i.e., the venue) and the statute provides these places that could be the county court where your probate case is filed:

1. County where the decedent was a resident.

2. County where the decedent died if the decedent was not a Oklahoma resident

3. Any county in which the decedent left property, if the decedent was not a resident of Oklahoma.

4. The county where the decedent left property, if the decedent died in a different county and was not a resident of Oklahoma.

5. Outside of the cases listed above, in the county where a probate case is first filed

 

An Oklahoma probate case can be filed in any county that fits into one of those 5 options.

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."