Robbie Emery Burke

Estate Planning, Estate Administration & Guardianship Attorney Dedicated to Serving Oklahoma Residents

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Firm Overview

An attentive and informative Tulsa lawyer committed to giving clients practical advice:
Attorney Robbie Emery Burke's legal skills, knowledge and more than 30 years of experience have earned him a reputation for solving his clients' cases skillfully and effectively.

I have garnered a reputation for attentively listening to your concerns, for clearly communicating potential legal strategies to you and for giving you personalized attention from the time you walk in the door until your case is closed. I pride myself on effectively solving your cases and meeting your legal needs in a way that is satisfying to you.

I've earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, for my professionalism and ethics.

I can help you with the following areas of the law:
-Contested trusts and estates
-Contested wills
-Decedents estates
-Elder law
-Estate planning
-Guardianship
-Oil and gas law
-Real estate title examination
-Real property
-Trusts and estates
-Wills and probate

Results-oriented Oklahoma law firm with a client-focused approach:
My clients come first. I believe in building relationships with you and work hard to obtain the best resolution for you in the most cost-effective, efficient manner possible.
Main Office

Main Office
320 S. Boston Avenue, Suite 1026
Tulsa  OK  74103

Phone
  • 918-592-9003
Estate Planning
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, estate planning lawyer Robbie Emery Burke can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Guardianships
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Robbie Emery Burke drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Probate
Experienced Oklahoma Trust & Estate Administration Attorney
With 30 years of experience, attorney Robbie Emery Burke possesses in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Executorship duties
-Guardianship
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate
-Probate and will disputes
-Wills drafting and execution

Trust and estate administration attorney:
Once a trust is established by a grantor, its operation must be overseen by a qualified administrator. This trustee manages the investment of funds and distribution of assets according to the grantor's design contained in the trust's documents. Trust and estate administration requires careful attention to each detail of the grantor's wishes. A conscientious trustee must have comprehensive knowledge of the law and be scrupulous regarding client service. For more than 30 years, I have provided highly ethical and reliable administration to a variety of trusts, maintaining the fiscal strength of these entities to serve beneficiaries through the intended life of the trust. I am available to provide administration services to new clients on a wide variety of trusts, including:
-Credit shelter trusts (CST)
-Incentive trusts
-Living trusts
-Generation-skipping trusts
-QTIP trusts
-Charitable remainder trusts
-Irrevocable life insurance trusts
-Meticulous administrative services

I have extensive experience in all duties expected of a trust administrator, including:
-Investment of assets
-Management of assets
-Preparation of accountings
-Preparation of tax returns
-Distributions to beneficiaries

Advice to trustees:
A trustee can be personally liable for mistakes or omissions that result in losses for the trust. I offer sound advice to trustees to ensure accurate and complete compliance with all aspects of trust administration. If you have been named a trustee, I strongly recommend that you retain professional assistance from a trustworthy source. Contact me today.

Probate:
I apply my extensive knowledge about Oklahoma probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. I assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the probate court in Oklahoma
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuating the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes:
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. I have the knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. I can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Robbie Emery Burke

Practice Areas:
-Elder law
-Guardianship
-Decedents estates
-Estate planning
-Oil and gas law
-Contested wills
-Contested trusts and estates
-Real property
-Real estate title examination

Admitted:
Oklahoma, 1982

Education:
University of Tulsa, J.D.

Recognition:
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics.

Associations and Memberships:
-Oklahoma Bar Association (Member, Client Security Fund Committee, 1996-)
-National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Biographical Details:
Lecturer: "The Disabled or Elderly Client," Oklahoma Bar Association, 1991; "Special Considerations for the Elderly," Oklahoma Bar Association, 1994; "Future Planning: Legal, Medical and Financial Issues," National Conference on Practice Management of Alzheimer's Disease, 2004. Co-Author: "Oklahoma Indian Titles," 29 Tulsa Law Journal 361, 1993. Past President, Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers, 1994.
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