Title 58, sections 245-247, provide for summary administration of an estate, upon
any interested person’s petition, when the value of the estate does not exceed one
hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000), the decedent has been deceased for more than 5 years, or the decedent resided in
another jurisdiction at the time of death. The petition for summary administration
must meet all of the requirements set forth in Title 58, section 245.
Upon the filing of the petition, the court must dispense with the regular estate proceedings
and must order notice to creditors and issue an order for hearing upon the petition
for admission of the will, if any, to probate, the petition for summary administration,
the final accounting, and the petition determination of heirship, distribution, and
After the hearing, if the court determines that summary proceedings are appropriate,
the court may, after proof of payment of certain expenses and allowed claims, issue
an order approving the petition for summary administration, finding that the will
has been approved by law, admitting the will attached to the petition to probate,
allowing the final accounting, determining the decedent’s heirship and the legatees
and devisees, and distributing the estate property.
The court’s order shall have the same force and effect as a final decree or order
rendered in any other proceeding provided by Oklahoma law for distribution of the
decedent’s estate. A certified copy of the order or notice of the order shall be filed
and recorded in the records of the county clerk in any county where the decedent’s
real property is located. Thus, we still need court documentation for purposes of
SSA’s “good acquittance” regarding an underpayment. For more information, see GN 02315.074D.2. in this section.