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Ohio Probate Law: What Assets Must Go Through Probate Upon Death?

Ohio probate law requires any property owned by the decedent alone at the time of death to go through probate if it is not jointly owned with survivorship rights, titled to a trust, or have a beneficiary designated. Even if you have a will, property… Read More

How Does Ohio Probate Law Handle Probate of Real Estate?

When going through probate, an estate’s real property or real estate is distributed to heirs by the probate court as proscribed by the deceased’s will. If there is no will or the will is determined to be invalid, the court will distribute… Read More

How Does Ohio Probate Law Handle Life Insurance and Financial Instruments in the Probate of an Estate?

Life insurance payouts and financial instruments (including bank accounts, individual retirement accounts, retirement plans and institutional accounts that are “payable at death”) avoid probate as long as a beneficiary is named in the pol… Read More

Joint Tenancy with Survivorship Rights: Will Our Home Avoid Probate?

“Joint tenancy” and “survivorship” are terms that refer to a particular way that real estate and other assets can be titled. Joint tenancy means that the real estate is titled to two or more people jointly. Each of the owners… Read More

Challenging a Will in Ohio: What Circumstances Make a Will Invalid?

Challenging a will usually occurs when a family member of a deceased person believes the will does not reflect the true wishes of its creator or is otherwise invalid. Sometimes the challenger contests the will with a motive for selfish gain, but more… Read More

Probate & Estate Q & A

Probate of an estate often raises many questions. In this post, I’m going to answer the four most commonly asked questions about the probate process. First, though, a brief explanation of the process . . . Probate begins when a Ohio probate lawyer,… Read More

Revocable Trusts — When to Use Them and Why

Revocable trusts and the assets they hold are less secure against lawsuits or nursing home expenses than irrevocable trusts because the trust creator has the ability to revoke the trust and regain ownership of the assets it holds. As a Dayton trust a… Read More

Avoiding Ohio Probate Court Costs

Ohio probate court costs can be minimal when an estate is contained in trusts. Probate court becomes involved whenever a person dies and they have left a will that needs to be executed or they have left an estate or some part of their estate that is… Read More

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