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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: I am married. We bought a home while married. Only his name was put on deed. What are my rights ? I want on deed

Attorney did this against our will. Said the grantor requested only his name be put on. Is that legal? This has caused major issues amongst the family. We paid for the house over 8 years paid cash to his mom. It was a quit claim deed. My name should of been put on right beside his at the same time.... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Jan 27, 2023

He can quitclaim deed the property from himself to both of you with survivorship rights. If he's not willing to sign a quitclaim deed, then it gets more complicated.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Probate for Ohio on
Q: If I'm 17 and on probation can I move out of my house if I have a stable place to move to and I stay in school as well?
Roger  Bouchard
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Roger Bouchard
answered on Jan 24, 2023

That is a question for your probation officer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My children were born at home in the US (Ohio). How can I get birth certificates for them?

Unassisted home birth, no medical records. Baptismal records exist. More than 1 year since birth.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2023

Please follow the steps below to file the certificate:

Download and fill out the New Born Birth Certificate Packet

Gather required documentation. See page 1-9 of the New Born Birth Packet

Contact the Vital Statistics Registrar at (513)732-7499 to schedule an appointment to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My mom passed away and she has a van in her name which my drug addicted nephew drives around in. Since the van is in the

Estate how do I go about getting the van back from him. My mom has 5 grown kids. If he was in a bad accident and killed somebody, I’m afraid we could all be sued. What should I do?

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Dec 26, 2022

Open the estate and report the car as an asset. As administrator/executor, report the car as stolen and inform the police where it is.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: OH TOD deed to one person, then a new TOD deed to another but that one was revoked. Is the first one still valid?

My great aunt signed a TOD deed on her home and my mother was the beneficiary. Later my great aunt signed another TOD deed with her neighbor as beneficiary, but then revoked the TOD deed to the neighbor several years later. Is the one to my mother still valid if it was never revoked? What if a... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Dec 22, 2022

It depends on how each was worded and if they were properly executed and recorded. They would have to be reviewed by an attorney to give an accurate answer. A properly worded, executed, and recorded TOD affidavit would take precedence over a different designation in a will. Use the Find a Lawyer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: TN resident questions regarding OH Probate

TN resident with all next of kin (NOK) in OH. One OH NOK passed away with a will completed/signed but unable to be witnessed. All surviving NOK were aware of this will and want to abide by their NOK wishes. TN NOK was sole beneficiary. Will OH probate accept this will as valid if all surviving... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Nov 30, 2022

The will is invalid under OH law. Luckily, it seems like the family are all on the same page so the issue 'can' be resolved. I recommend finding a local attorney to help. You may need some waivers/disclaimers/deeds signed by the family. Use the Find A Lawyer tab above.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My grandmother gave her house to her first born grandchild without a will just word of mouth. My father was suppose to

Inherit some land but has passed away. The land would have gone to my mother who also passed away. My cousin wants my siblings and myself to sign a deed gift receipt so she can own the land free and clear (she said a surveyor determined the land my father would have received and her house have been... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 30, 2022

If grandmother, father and mother all have passed away, and their estates were not submitted to the probate court in the county in which each lived, and because they owned real estate, then that is a big mess that will require an attorney to help sort it all out by opening the estate of each with... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: to contest a will does it need to be probated first?

will changed after many yrs and just 10 mo. prior to mothers death and mother was in a very vulnerable position with monies, travel to Dr. visits, food etc and older son had just had stroke 2 months before the will change and younger son took advantage of this.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 28, 2022

To open an estate, the executor named in the will should file it with the court and must give notice to all the next of kin that it has been filed, and then family members can contest the will if they have suspicions. If the named executor doesn't open the estate, any other family member can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Ward has full guardianship in MI, small Tribal stipend once a year, Need guardian of person and estate or both in OH?

Incapacitated Ward under Full guardianship (person/estate) in Michigan has been moved to Ohio nursing home long term care on full Medicaid/Medicare. I made the facility rep payee for SS check. Ward has one monthly bill, and basic needs/care (clothing, personal items) managed by guardianship now.... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Nov 23, 2022

You may be required to 'transfer' the guardianship to the Ohio court. The Michigan court no longer has jurisdiction and may not be able to terminate the case unless it is being transferred. You bring up a couple other complicated issues. I recommend seeking counsel in the county in which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: I am the administrator of an estate in ohio. Am I entitled to 1% of the un-probated investments that were Tod.

My attorney says ..because they in 2012 eliminated the estate tax in ohio…

No one gets 1% on non- probated property.

The non-probated property was worth over a million dollars( IRA and 401k passed directly to beneficiary’s.

The owner passed away in 2020

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Nov 14, 2022

Ohio Revised Code 2113.35(B):

"Executors and administrators also shall be allowed a fee of one per cent on the value of all property that is not subject to administration and that would have been includable for purposes of computing the Ohio estate tax, except joint and survivorship...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: I am waiting for my money from a funeral expense I paid for in probate court. What is the statue of limitations for this

June 2022 probate was over.

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Nov 2, 2022

If the final account was filed in June and you're still not paid, then the fiduciary probably has no plans to pay you at this point. You need to talk to an attorney about this.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: I received a check from my deceased husband's pension, to the estate of his name. I'm his beneficiary .

What do I do with the check. He had no will. His two children are grown adults. We owed nothing as far as property or vehicles or financial accounts. Desperate in akron,ohio

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Oct 27, 2022

I recommend contacting the pension company to see how things were set up. If you are indeed the beneficiary, then the bond company will usually re-issue the check in your name. On the other hand, if you are not the beneficiary on the account, then the check is an estate asset and you need probate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: Can a POA / executor move everything into their name to avoid paying beneficiaries and medical bills in Ohio?

My father made my brother medical and financial power of attorney as well as executor of his estate. Before he died, Dad was in a nursing facility for nearly a year, and my brother drained all his accounts, paid off the house and then transferred it into his name. My brother also spent some of my... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Oct 10, 2022

If he presents the will to the probate court, then the judge is not going to approve a final account unless each beneficiary of the will gets his/her share.

As to assets that were transferred prior to death, this is probably theft or breach of fiduciary duty. Your stepbrother needs a lawyer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: I am the cosigner my son died the dealership took the car back and reimbursed me. Am I still responsible for the car?

I do not want to go to probate court, the dealership has possession of the car and cut me a check i used to pay funeral costs. it is no longer on my credit am I still responsible for the car?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Oct 4, 2022

Probably not. It sounds like the vehicle was repossessed by the dealership. Until a vehicle is paid in full, the title does not pass to the purchaser. When a vehicle is repossessed they go back and resell the vehicle. What happens with the either refund (if the sale exceeds the balance on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Does a notary signature count as a witness signature on a handwritten will in Ohio?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Oct 4, 2022

In short, it depends on how the notary is signing. If they are just notarizing a signature, no it does not work. If they are signing as a witness, then it may. I would have to refer you to Section 2107.03 of the Ohio Revised Code (link below). It's going to depend on the specifics on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: How do I contest a will?

I think my sister bullied my dad into leaving her everything when he died last month(August 2022) he had been living with her for a year and a half prior to his passing. He was one month short of 90 years old. In my opinion his mind was going. I am not sure how to categorize this. Is it probate... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 4, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Try reposting this in the "Probate" and "Estate Planning" sections. There's no guarantee that all posts are picked up, but you'd have better chances of a response there. Attorneys in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: My brother passed away in June 2020 without a will. how do I get rid of his car that doesn’t work?

His father paid for the funeral. The county courthouse gave us info that his father can fill out paperwork to take ownership of the vehicle but he refuses to do so since he believes it’s not his responsibility. Communication is not an option. What steps can I take to dispose of the inoperable... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Oct 3, 2022

If you don't want it, then have it towed. Eventually the towing company will sell it to pay for storage fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: How can you transfer title to heirs when property is passed intestate without going through probate in Ohio?

The time to go through probate in this case has passed so I am looking for other options to pass title

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Depending on how the deed to the real estate is drafted, it might have to go through probate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney who can review the deed and re-open the probate case to transfer the property if that is necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: My father gave POA to his girlfriend, instead of his kids. I have evidence of his schizoid delusions, making it invalid.

My brother is not included in his previous will, and I want to protect his rightful inheritance.

Does giving proof of mental incompetency at the time the latest will and power of attorney paper were filed (Aug. 22nd, 2022) nullify both and immediately revert to the previous will?... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 28, 2022

If the probate court were to appoint a family member as his guardian, that would terminate her POA. The probate court could also determine if he was competent when he made a new will or whether there was coercion, undue influence, or other improper pressure to change the will. Use the Find a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: What Steps do I need to take to legally sell my mother's domicile. I have powers to sell via last will and testament.

The estate in located in Ohio. I have also begun the probate process. I have letters of authority. I also have submitted the inventory list to the court, currently awaiting approval. I'm basically asking what are my steps to sell the home legally?

The home does currently have a... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 27, 2022

It's not the answer you're going to want to hear, but it depends on many other factors. Probate can be very complicated. I highly recommend sitting down with an attorney to review the situation in detail and advising you.

Best of luck.

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