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OKLaw.org - Legal, Court & Helpful Information
  Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma provides free online information about civil legal problems Oklahomans face. www.OKLaw.org also has information on local courts and places to go for help. Below are some of the resources you'll find at http://www.oklaw.org
 

Consumer
2011 Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes
Recent natural disasters give criminals a way to ask for contributions for a charitable contributions. The organization may not even exist or your money might not get there. Before making a donation, consumers should check these tips.
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Asset Hearing
General information on Asset Hearings.
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Bankruptcy
General information on the different types of bankruptcy relief available to individuals.
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Car Repairs
General information on Car Repairs
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Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
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Debt Collection
General information on debt collection.
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Debt Collection Defenses - Social Security benefits
When you are sued for collection of a debt, do not ignore the court papers! Talk to a lawyer, you may have a defense!
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Debt Strategies - All Debts are NOT the Same
Setting priorities means making tough choices. BASICS first means shelter, food and clothing. If you have cut your budget down to just but the basics, but still can't afford to pay all your debts-which debts do you pay first?
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Do I Need to File Bankruptcy? I do not have a job.
If you do not have a job and cannot pay off your debts, you may not have to file Bankrutpcy. In come cases, you may be "collection proof."
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Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Getting Ready to Start the Bankruptcy Process
In order to start bankruptcy there are certain things that you will have to do. Filing for bankruptcy is not as easy as filling out a simple form.
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Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
How Can I Manage My Student Loans?
General information on student loans
HTML

 
How Do I Fix My Credit Report
As a rule, it is a good idea to get a copy of your credit report at least once a year to make sure that it is correct. If there are mistakes, here's how to fix them.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
How Do I Protect My Privacy?
This short video will give you tips on protecting yourself from identity theft and financial fraud. All of the 'how to' information is included here, too!
HTML

 
I lost my wallet!
Identity theft creates huge problems for people everyday! Think about what you carry with you. If that information gets lost or stolen you will have to take steps to prevent real problems for yourself.
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Identity Theft
Identity Theft can happen to anyone at anytime. This material identifies warning signs and ways to prevent it.
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Read this in: Spanish
 
IRS Asks for Help Warning Immigrants About Scam
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in New York City asks for help in warning immigrants about a scam. The scam instructs the victim to complete a fraudulent 'IRS Request for Recertification of Foreign Status' form. The form requests biographical information typically used for identity theft. The IRS forwarded us the actual documents being used in this scam, which are attached to the bottom of this email.
HTML

 
Mortgage Foreclosure: How to Avoid Losing Your Home
General information about options available to avoid foreclosure and about the foreclosure process.
HTML

 
Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Mortgages
Information on Predatory Mortgage practices, how predators work, warning signs and how to avoid the sting.
HTML

 
Old Debts - Can they be collected?
Everything EXCEPT child support, tax debts and student loans-they all have their own set of special rules! Collectors depend on your lack of information about the law and not asking enough questions! Please talk to a lawyer about collection problems - a lawyer can tell you if you have a defense or when you may be giving up a legitimate defense to a collection action.
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PayDay Loans
Information to help you avoid the pitfalls of payday loans.
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Preparing for Bankruptcy
General information to consider if you are planning to file bankruptcy.
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Protection for Tenants In A Foreclosure Property
In May 2009, President Obama signed a new federal law protecting tenants when the property they rent is sold at a foreclosure sale. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act is a federal law but it applies to state court eviction proceedings. The new owner must give the tenant the required notice before filing to evict.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Repossession of Your Car
General description of how car repossession works.
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Reverse Mortgages
Information about Reverse Mortgages, a way for Seniors to convert home equity into cash.
HTML

 
Scam-Proofing for Seniors
Information on common scams, myths and tactics to avoid becoming a victim to scam artists.
HTML

 
Social Security is Safe From Collectors
Federal law makes your Social Security benefits exempt from almost all creditors claims. Even a creditor with a legal judgment against you cannot intercept your Social Security payments nor take the money from you after you receive it.
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Tax Collection Scam
New Tax Collection Scam to "settle" for 10% of amount owed to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
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What can I do about a garnishment?
What to do if your wages are garnished.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
What is Bankruptcy?
General information about bankruptcy chapters
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Disability
Age Discrimination
There are at least three federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the bases of age.
HTML

 
Can My Employer Punish Me for Making a Complaint about Safety and Health Concerns?
It is illegal for your employer to punish you for complaining to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. This explains what you can do and who you can contact if you are punished for filing a complaint
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Care For Children with Disabilities
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsiblity Act (TEFRA) of 1992 allows children with physical or mental disabilities, who would not ordinarily be eligible for State Supplemental Income benefits because of their parent's income or resources, to become eligible for SoonerCare (Medicaid).
HTML

 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
Home & Community Based Services Waivers
Instead of institutional care, there are government funds available to help with the costs of caring for a person with mental retardation or other related conditions at home.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Video Relay Services - Access by Telephone for Individual with Hearing Loss
A Video Relay Service (VRS) is a telecommunication service that allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired individuals to communicate over the phone with hearing people in real-time, using a sign language interpreter. In America, the service is regulated by the FCC. Learn more about the program.
HTML

 
What is an IEP? (Individualized Education Program)
Understand how an IEP is developed. Learn how to access services and advocate for your child with delayed skills or other disabilities.
HTML

 

Family
Adoption Facts
This fact sheet explains adoption in Oklahoma, including types of adoption and the legal effects of adoption.
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Adult Name Change Forms
Adult Name Change forms and instructions approved by the Oklahoma County Bar Association
PDF
 
Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant or Life Estate
If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.
DOC
 
Annulment in Oklahoma
Qualifications for obtaining an annulment in Oklahoma.
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Child Custody--married, divorcing parents
Brief information about Oklahoma law in child custody matters when parents are married or divorcing.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Child Custody-Unwed Parents
General information on how Oklahoma laws treat child custody when parents have never been married.
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Read this in: Spanish
 
Collecting Child Support
General information on child support and how to collect child support.
HTML

 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Divorce
General information about divorce in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Domestic Violence and the Law
This web site has information for domestic violence victims in Oklahoma: what you can do if you are being abused, stalked, or harassed by someone in your life.
WEB SITE
Read this in: Spanish
 
Earned Income Tax Credit - Should I Apply?
The EITC is a credit for people who work. Find out if you're eligible by answering questions and providing basic information on your income.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Filing A Protective Order in Tulsa County
A short video about filing a petition for an Emergency Domestic Violence Protective Order in Tulsa County.
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Filing for Grandparent Visitation
There may be a time when your grandchild's parent does not want to let you visit your grandchild. Normally, parents have a fundamental right to decide who their children will or will not visit. However, in limited cases, you may be able to get a court order of visitation.
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Fill Out Court Forms for Domestic Violence Emergency Protective Order - Tulsa County
If you are going to file a petition for an Emergency Protective Order in Tulsa County, there is a free, interactive online system that can help you fill out your protection order forms. Some counties require that you go through the local Domestic Violence Office in order to file for a Protective Order.
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Read this in: Spanish
 
Guardianship In Oklahoma
An overview of Guardianship in Oklahoma for adults and children.
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Guardianship of a Child (Minor)
Information about guardianship of a child (minor) in Oklahoma.
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Guardianship of a Minor - Prepare Court Forms
This page links to the online program to prepare and print instructions and court forms for filing in Oklahoma for guardianship of a child. A list of information a potential guardian must have to fill out the online form is provided.
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WEB SITE
 
Guardianship of a Minor Questionnaire
This file is a form you can print to help you gather information you will need to file a petition for the guardianship of a minor child.
DOC
 
Guardianship of an Adult
Discusses guardianship of an incapacitated adult in Oklahoma.
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Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
Instructions for Notitying Tribes - BIA Area Offices
In any matter where an Indian Tribe must accept service of process to accept or decline the opportunity to become involved in a civil matter, the tribe must be notified. This is a list of the official tribal notice addresses.
WEB SITE
 
Joint Tenancy With A Right Of Survivorship & Other Tenant Died
This tells you how to have the title in your name only without the assistance of a lawyer.
HTML

 
Modification of Child Support Q & A
Q & A on the Modification of Child Support process.
HTML

 
Nationwide Toll Free EITC Number
Taxpayers who call 888-4EITC-4U (888-434-8248) will be greeted with an automated message with EITC eligibility guidelines. Enter your zip code and be routed to a local agency which will provide more information about EITC and free income tax preparation.
PDF
 
Protective Orders
A protective order is issued by a Court to help protect you and/or your children from harrassment or abuse.
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Protective Orders from Other States
Protective Orders from other states are valid in Oklahoma. On November 1, 2008 a new process for registering those "foreign" PO's with the Secretary of State will begin.
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Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Visitation
General information on child visitation in Oklahoma.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Who Gets the Child Income Tax Exemption After Divorce?
Short question and answer sheet on who should get the child tax credit after divorce.
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Farm Worker
Can My Employer Punish Me for Making a Complaint about Safety and Health Concerns?
It is illegal for your employer to punish you for complaining to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. This explains what you can do and who you can contact if you are punished for filing a complaint
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Deductions from your Wages
This fact sheet gives basic information about deductions from your paycheck.
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Emergency Health Care & Child Birth, even if you are Uninsured
This question and answer sheet explains the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). In certain situations, EMTALA may require a hospital to treat you even if you cannot pay and are uninsured.
HTML

 
Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Green Card/Employment Authorization Document Get New Look
If you are applying for a new, renewal or replacement Permanent Resident Card, USCIS has started issuing a new kind of Green card.
HTML

 
Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
Human Trafficking
This fact sheet explains human trafficking and assistance for immigrant victims of trafficking and violent crimes.
HTML

 
Minimum Wage Rates in Oklahoma
Oklahoma minimum wage law has no current dollar minimums but follows Federal minimum wage rates.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
What can I do about a garnishment?
What to do if your wages are garnished.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 

Health
2010 Medicare Part D Donut Hole Coverage
If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage and have to pay for your drugs in the 'donut hole?' in coverage, in 2010 you will get a one-time, tax free $250 rebate from Medicare to help pay for your prescriptions.
HTML

 
Care For Children with Disabilities
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsiblity Act (TEFRA) of 1992 allows children with physical or mental disabilities, who would not ordinarily be eligible for State Supplemental Income benefits because of their parent's income or resources, to become eligible for SoonerCare (Medicaid).
HTML

 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Emergency Health Care & Child Birth, even if you are Uninsured
This question and answer sheet explains the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). In certain situations, EMTALA may require a hospital to treat you even if you cannot pay and are uninsured.
HTML

 
FAQ - Making Your Own Will
Frequently asked questions about making your own will in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Guardianship In Oklahoma
An overview of Guardianship in Oklahoma for adults and children.
HTML

 
Guardianship of an Adult
Discusses guardianship of an incapacitated adult in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
Home & Community Based Services Waivers
Instead of institutional care, there are government funds available to help with the costs of caring for a person with mental retardation or other related conditions at home.
HTML

 
Powers of Attorney
Information about Powers of Attorney, different types, when to use them, and common questions and answers.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Powers of Attorney - Questions & Answers
A Power of Attorney is a very powerful tool and an important decision. Here are some questions that you might be asking about using a Power of Attorney.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan for Oklahoma
Oklahoma has had a high-risk pool for hard to insure people. As of July 1, 2010, the new healthcare reform law expands that coverage.
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Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 

Housing
Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant or Life Estate
If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.
DOC
 
Before you sign a lease or rental agreement
Before you sign a lease or rental agreement take a look around and note any damages.
HTML

 
Can A Landlord Keep Your Security Deposit?
General Information on whether a landlord can keep your security deposit.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Debt Strategies - All Debts are NOT the Same
Setting priorities means making tough choices. BASICS first means shelter, food and clothing. If you have cut your budget down to just but the basics, but still can't afford to pay all your debts-which debts do you pay first?
HTML

 
Eviction for non-payment of rent
Information on eviction for non-payment of rent in a private rental situation--NOT PUBLIC HOUSING.
HTML

 
Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Getting Your Security Deposit Back
This information provides a brief overview of what to do if your landlord won't give you your security deposit back when you move out.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs
If you want your landlord to fix something, you must follow the rules set out in the law. If you fail to follow the rules carefully, you run the risk of being evicted for nonpayment of rent.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Joint Tenancy With A Right Of Survivorship & Other Tenant Died
This tells you how to have the title in your name only without the assistance of a lawyer.
HTML

 
Mortgage Foreclosure: How to Avoid Losing Your Home
General information about options available to avoid foreclosure and about the foreclosure process.
HTML

 
Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Mortgages
Information on Predatory Mortgage practices, how predators work, warning signs and how to avoid the sting.
HTML

 
Move-In Check List
Before you rent an apartment, take a look around with the landlord or maintenance staff. This Move-In check list will help you make notes about any existing damage to the apartment. Sign and date it AND be sure to have the apartment owner or agent sign it right after your walk through. If you decide to rent the apartment, you'll have noted any damages and won't be charged for repairs of those items when you move out.
DOC
 
PayDay Loans
Information to help you avoid the pitfalls of payday loans.
HTML

 
Protection for Tenants In A Foreclosure Property
In May 2009, President Obama signed a new federal law protecting tenants when the property they rent is sold at a foreclosure sale. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act is a federal law but it applies to state court eviction proceedings. The new owner must give the tenant the required notice before filing to evict.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Reverse Mortgages
Information about Reverse Mortgages, a way for Seniors to convert home equity into cash.
HTML

 
Scam-Proofing for Seniors
Information on common scams, myths and tactics to avoid becoming a victim to scam artists.
HTML

 
Transfer on Death Deed (or Beneficiary Deed)
On November 1, 2008, Oklahoma's Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act? (Title 58 O.S. §§ 1251-1258) went into effect. This law allows a record owner to use a Transfer-On-Death Deed to name another person to receive his real estate without going through probate. This transfer does not take effect until the landowners death. The person receiving the property (called the beneficiary) must take certain steps to make the transfer legal.
HTML

 

Immigration
Emergency Health Care & Child Birth, even if you are Uninsured
This question and answer sheet explains the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). In certain situations, EMTALA may require a hospital to treat you even if you cannot pay and are uninsured.
HTML

 
Green Card/Employment Authorization Document Get New Look
If you are applying for a new, renewal or replacement Permanent Resident Card, USCIS has started issuing a new kind of Green card.
HTML

 
IRS Asks for Help Warning Immigrants About Scam
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in New York City asks for help in warning immigrants about a scam. The scam instructs the victim to complete a fraudulent 'IRS Request for Recertification of Foreign Status' form. The form requests biographical information typically used for identity theft. The IRS forwarded us the actual documents being used in this scam, which are attached to the bottom of this email.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 

Individual Rights
Age Discrimination
There are at least three federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the bases of age.
HTML

 
Can My Employer Punish Me for Making a Complaint about Safety and Health Concerns?
It is illegal for your employer to punish you for complaining to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. This explains what you can do and who you can contact if you are punished for filing a complaint
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
How Do I Fix My Credit Report
As a rule, it is a good idea to get a copy of your credit report at least once a year to make sure that it is correct. If there are mistakes, here's how to fix them.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
How Do I Protect My Privacy?
This short video will give you tips on protecting yourself from identity theft and financial fraud. All of the 'how to' information is included here, too!
HTML

 
Human Trafficking
This fact sheet explains human trafficking and assistance for immigrant victims of trafficking and violent crimes.
HTML

 
Minimum Wage Rates in Oklahoma
Oklahoma minimum wage law has no current dollar minimums but follows Federal minimum wage rates.
HTML

 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
What can I do about a garnishment?
What to do if your wages are garnished.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 

Life Planning
Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant or Life Estate
If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.
DOC
 
Annulment in Oklahoma
Qualifications for obtaining an annulment in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Divorce
General information about divorce in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
FAQ - Making Your Own Will
Frequently asked questions about making your own will in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Joint Tenancy With A Right Of Survivorship & Other Tenant Died
This tells you how to have the title in your name only without the assistance of a lawyer.
HTML

 
Making Your Own Will
An explanation of how to make your own will in Oklahoma.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Powers of Attorney
Information about Powers of Attorney, different types, when to use them, and common questions and answers.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Powers of Attorney - Questions & Answers
A Power of Attorney is a very powerful tool and an important decision. Here are some questions that you might be asking about using a Power of Attorney.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Transfer on Death Deed (or Beneficiary Deed)
On November 1, 2008, Oklahoma's Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act? (Title 58 O.S. §§ 1251-1258) went into effect. This law allows a record owner to use a Transfer-On-Death Deed to name another person to receive his real estate without going through probate. This transfer does not take effect until the landowners death. The person receiving the property (called the beneficiary) must take certain steps to make the transfer legal.
HTML

 

Public Benefits
Care For Children with Disabilities
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsiblity Act (TEFRA) of 1992 allows children with physical or mental disabilities, who would not ordinarily be eligible for State Supplemental Income benefits because of their parent's income or resources, to become eligible for SoonerCare (Medicaid).
HTML

 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
HTML

 
Earned Income Tax Credit - Should I Apply?
The EITC is a credit for people who work. Find out if you're eligible by answering questions and providing basic information on your income.
HTML

Read this in: Spanish
 
Emergency Health Care & Child Birth, even if you are Uninsured
This question and answer sheet explains the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). In certain situations, EMTALA may require a hospital to treat you even if you cannot pay and are uninsured.
HTML

 
Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
HTML

 
Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
HTML

 
Home & Community Based Services Waivers
Instead of institutional care, there are government funds available to help with the costs of caring for a person with mental retardation or other related conditions at home.
HTML

 
Nationwide Toll Free EITC Number
Taxpayers who call 888-4EITC-4U (888-434-8248) will be greeted with an automated message with EITC eligibility guidelines. Enter your zip code and be routed to a local agency which will provide more information about EITC and free income tax preparation.
PDF
 
Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
HTML

 
Video Relay Services - Access by Telephone for Individual with Hearing Loss
A Video Relay Service (VRS) is a telecommunication service that allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired individuals to communicate over the phone with hearing people in real-time, using a sign language interpreter. In America, the service is regulated by the FCC. Learn more about the program.
HTML

 
What is an IEP? (Individualized Education Program)
Understand how an IEP is developed. Learn how to access services and advocate for your child with delayed skills or other disabilities.
HTML

 

Seniors
2010 Medicare Part D Donut Hole Coverage
If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage and have to pay for your drugs in the 'donut hole?' in coverage, in 2010 you will get a one-time, tax free $250 rebate from Medicare to help pay for your prescriptions.
HTML

 
2011 Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes
Recent natural disasters give criminals a way to ask for contributions for a charitable contributions. The organization may not even exist or your money might not get there. Before making a donation, consumers should check these tips.
HTML

 
Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant or Life Estate
If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.
DOC
 
Age Discrimination
There are at least three federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the bases of age.
HTML

 
Before you sign a lease or rental agreement
Before you sign a lease or rental agreement take a look around and note any damages.
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Can My Employer Punish Me for Making a Complaint about Safety and Health Concerns?
It is illegal for your employer to punish you for complaining to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. This explains what you can do and who you can contact if you are punished for filing a complaint
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Car Repairs
General information on Car Repairs
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Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
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Debt Collection Defenses - Social Security benefits
When you are sued for collection of a debt, do not ignore the court papers! Talk to a lawyer, you may have a defense!
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Earned Income Tax Credit - Should I Apply?
The EITC is a credit for people who work. Find out if you're eligible by answering questions and providing basic information on your income.
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Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
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FAQ - Making Your Own Will
Frequently asked questions about making your own will in Oklahoma.
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Getting Your Security Deposit Back
This information provides a brief overview of what to do if your landlord won't give you your security deposit back when you move out.
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Guardianship In Oklahoma
An overview of Guardianship in Oklahoma for adults and children.
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Guardianship of a Child (Minor)
Information about guardianship of a child (minor) in Oklahoma.
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Guardianship of a Minor - Prepare Court Forms
This page links to the online program to prepare and print instructions and court forms for filing in Oklahoma for guardianship of a child. A list of information a potential guardian must have to fill out the online form is provided.
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Guardianship of a Minor Questionnaire
This file is a form you can print to help you gather information you will need to file a petition for the guardianship of a minor child.
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Guardianship of an Adult
Discusses guardianship of an incapacitated adult in Oklahoma.
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Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
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How Do I Protect My Privacy?
This short video will give you tips on protecting yourself from identity theft and financial fraud. All of the 'how to' information is included here, too!
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How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs
If you want your landlord to fix something, you must follow the rules set out in the law. If you fail to follow the rules carefully, you run the risk of being evicted for nonpayment of rent.
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Instructions for Notitying Tribes - BIA Area Offices
In any matter where an Indian Tribe must accept service of process to accept or decline the opportunity to become involved in a civil matter, the tribe must be notified. This is a list of the official tribal notice addresses.
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Joint Tenancy With A Right Of Survivorship & Other Tenant Died
This tells you how to have the title in your name only without the assistance of a lawyer.
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Making Your Own Will
An explanation of how to make your own will in Oklahoma.
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Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Mortgages
Information on Predatory Mortgage practices, how predators work, warning signs and how to avoid the sting.
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Old Debts - Can they be collected?
Everything EXCEPT child support, tax debts and student loans-they all have their own set of special rules! Collectors depend on your lack of information about the law and not asking enough questions! Please talk to a lawyer about collection problems - a lawyer can tell you if you have a defense or when you may be giving up a legitimate defense to a collection action.
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PayDay Loans
Information to help you avoid the pitfalls of payday loans.
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Powers of Attorney
Information about Powers of Attorney, different types, when to use them, and common questions and answers.
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Powers of Attorney - Questions & Answers
A Power of Attorney is a very powerful tool and an important decision. Here are some questions that you might be asking about using a Power of Attorney.
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Protection for Tenants In A Foreclosure Property
In May 2009, President Obama signed a new federal law protecting tenants when the property they rent is sold at a foreclosure sale. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act is a federal law but it applies to state court eviction proceedings. The new owner must give the tenant the required notice before filing to evict.
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Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
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Reverse Mortgages
Information about Reverse Mortgages, a way for Seniors to convert home equity into cash.
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Scam-Proofing for Seniors
Information on common scams, myths and tactics to avoid becoming a victim to scam artists.
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Social Security is Safe From Collectors
Federal law makes your Social Security benefits exempt from almost all creditors claims. Even a creditor with a legal judgment against you cannot intercept your Social Security payments nor take the money from you after you receive it.
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Transfer on Death Deed (or Beneficiary Deed)
On November 1, 2008, Oklahoma's Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act? (Title 58 O.S. §§ 1251-1258) went into effect. This law allows a record owner to use a Transfer-On-Death Deed to name another person to receive his real estate without going through probate. This transfer does not take effect until the landowners death. The person receiving the property (called the beneficiary) must take certain steps to make the transfer legal.
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Veterans & Military
Affidavit of Surviving Joint Tenant or Life Estate
If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.
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Before you sign a lease or rental agreement
Before you sign a lease or rental agreement take a look around and note any damages.
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Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
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Eviction for non-payment of rent
Information on eviction for non-payment of rent in a private rental situation--NOT PUBLIC HOUSING.
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How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs
If you want your landlord to fix something, you must follow the rules set out in the law. If you fail to follow the rules carefully, you run the risk of being evicted for nonpayment of rent.
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Read this in: Spanish
 
Joint Tenancy With A Right Of Survivorship & Other Tenant Died
This tells you how to have the title in your name only without the assistance of a lawyer.
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Protection for Tenants In A Foreclosure Property
In May 2009, President Obama signed a new federal law protecting tenants when the property they rent is sold at a foreclosure sale. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act is a federal law but it applies to state court eviction proceedings. The new owner must give the tenant the required notice before filing to evict.
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Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
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Age Discrimination
There are at least three federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the bases of age.
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Can My Employer Punish Me for Making a Complaint about Safety and Health Concerns?
It is illegal for your employer to punish you for complaining to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. This explains what you can do and who you can contact if you are punished for filing a complaint
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Read this in: Spanish
 
Courthouse Closings - How Can They Affect Your Court Case?
Oklahoma Courthouses rarely close, but in extreme weather or other emergencies, the courts may be closed. Learn what can happen if you miss a court date after the courthouse is closed, or any other time.
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Deductions from your Wages
This fact sheet gives basic information about deductions from your paycheck.
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Expungement and Pardon of Criminal Records: A second chance at a clean record
What is an expungement? Which type of expungement do I need? What is the effect of an expungement? Can I expunge the record of a Victim Protective Order? How do I get a pardon from the governor? Information on expunging criminal records in Oklahoma.
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Helpful Hints for Witnesses
Being in a courtroom is a stressful experience, even for the witnesses. Read these tips before you go to court!
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Human Trafficking
This fact sheet explains human trafficking and assistance for immigrant victims of trafficking and violent crimes.
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Minimum Wage Rates in Oklahoma
Oklahoma minimum wage law has no current dollar minimums but follows Federal minimum wage rates.
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Questions to Ask Before you Hire An Attorney
A few general questions and a few questions about fees and costs, to ask when you interview an attorney. Yes, you interview! You are hiring the attorney to do a job for you!
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What can I do about a garnishment?
What to do if your wages are garnished.
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