If you die without an estate planning document, the State of Oklahoma has an estate plan for you. The State of Oklahoma has implemented a law that determines how your assets will be disbursed. It is found in Section 213 of Title 84 of the Oklahoma Statutes. We call this “passing by the rules of intestacy.”
In Oklahoma, the rules of intestacy include a number of different scenarios such as second marriages and children from people other than a surviving spouse. While these rules try to tackle the issues modern family structures create, they do not always distribute assets the way that you might want assets to be distributed.
For example, imagine that Lucy is married to Mark, and Lucy has no children, but she does have one brother, Nick.