Q: My Dad passed away in Ohio, I live in WV. Do I have to go to Ohio to get my inheritance?
A: You don't have to physically go there, but you do have to open up a probate case in the county where your dad either resided or passed away. Contact a probate lawyer in that county who can act as an administrator of the estate to ensure you are distributed your inheritance.
How you get your inheritance depends on what the item is, and how it would get to you. If the asset was set to pass via joint ownership with rights of survivorship, or a beneficiary designation then no probate is necessary. If there are assets you are looking to obtain without these, then you are stuck going to probate. Do you know if your father had a Will? There may be issues in finding someone to be an administrator of his estate as you live in WV.
I recommend finding a probate attorney who practices in the County where your father lived when he passed. Have a video conference with the attorney and go over things in detail.
Best of luck.
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