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Last Will and Testament

A will is a legal document that lawfully disposes of property per the wishes expressed by the testator, the person making the will.  The disposition takes effect at death, unless previously revoked.  Wills must be probated before the wishes of the testator can be carried out.  If a person dies without a will, his or her property will be distributed according to Oklahoma's succession statutes.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows a competent adult, the principal, to appoint an individual, the attorney-in-fact, to act on his or her behalf.  The Power of Attorney terminates upon the principal's incapacity or death. However, a Durable Power of Attorney continues beyond the principal's incapacity.  A Power of Attorney can be revoked at any time.

 
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Advance Directive for Health Care

An Advance Directive for Health Care is a legal document that instructs your physician whether or not you wish to be given life-sustaining treatments and artificially administered nutrition and to give other medical directions that impact the end of life. An Advance Directive for Health Care may include the appointment of a health care proxy and directions for organ donation.

Trust

A trust is a legal agreement between the trustor, the creator of the trust, and the trustee, the manager of the property held in trust, for the benefit of a third party, the beneficiary,  Trusts allow for the distribution of property outside of probate.