Chardon, OH asked in Probate for Ohio

Q: Had a close friend of my family pass away and am trying to figure out how next of kin works.

I had someone who was very close to my family pass away and he was adopted when he was little. He was an only child after being adopted but has a biological sister who is still alive and he has no other family at all. He had told multiple people around him that he wanted my mom to get his home but he didn't have a will of any kind. So my question is does the biological sister have rights as next of kin being that he was adopted? Funeral director said he believed that in the eyes of the court him being adopted makes it null and void that he has a sister and that my mom would be next of kin being he made her his power of attorney

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Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: For a definitive answer I recommend sitting down with a qualified attorney to review your circumstances in detail and advise you and/or your friend.

In the interim, the pertinent legal authority can be found at Sections 2105.06 and 3107.15 of the Ohio Revised Code. See links below.

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