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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My little sister born in Iowa and has her entire family in Iowa except a sister who lives in West Virginia.

My little sister moved to Ohio and got married and has been separated from her husband for over 5 years and now her husband is incarserated and has been for 8 years They have a son that is 16 She just recently was in a car wreck that took her life ..and now for next of kin with him in prison should... View More

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on May 20, 2024

Those who paid for her funeral may get reimbursed if they submit a claim before the deadline. But, I'm not aware of an exception to inheritance for incarcerated persons. As such, he will likely be entitled to his share of her estate. The husband should name somebody as power of attorney to act... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My mom died in Ohio and I'm executor in her Will, which doesn't list her mortgage. What happens to it? Probate required?

In Mom's Will, there is no mention of her mortgage or who inherits the house. Neither child wants it. Small, inexpensive estate and we can't find anything on life insurance. Who pays mortgage? Can I as executor sell it? Am I legally still required to pay on the house until it is sold?... View More

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answered on Apr 22, 2024

I'm so sorry for your loss. Dealing with a parent's estate can be complicated, especially when there are outstanding debts like a mortgage. Here's some general information, but I would strongly recommend consulting with a probate attorney in Ohio to get specific legal advice for your... View More

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Q: Was my mother's POD on her bank accounts and TOD on her house. She had no will. My brothers want money from these acc

I did probate a 12,000 car because I did not know the TOD had to be given to title office before death. So they want all the money from the car and each want 1/6 of the bank and house. There was 6 kids but I was her 24/7 care giver they never even talked to her or seen her.thanks

Brenden Patrick Kelley
Brenden Patrick Kelley
answered on Apr 14, 2024

Any accounts with a Payable-on-Death (POD) designation and properties with a Transfer-on-Death (TOD) designation are not subject to probate and will pass directly to the individuals named as designees. Consequently, your siblings would not have any claim to those assets. However, any assets that do... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My father died in a car accident in August, disinherited my brother and I in his will..

He left everything to my children (two minors ages 8 and 6) to be held in trust until they reach 30 years old. He owns a home which I know he would want to be kept for them. He named a family friend to serve as the Executor of the will and Trustee for the kids. Well we were evicted from the place... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In your situation, it's crucial to understand that the legal dynamics surrounding estates, trusts, and real estate can be complex, especially when it involves minors and inherited property. Given the urgency of your eviction and the specific circumstances, seeking legal advice from an attorney... View More

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Q: All liens and creditors are paid off.Can the estate be turned over to me immediately and the funds in my name?

My lawyer has control of my father’s estate. Ohio commerce has 120 day processing turnaround. This was supposed to be done in August 2023 when he first received it.

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Mar 27, 2024

You should ask the executor or administrator. If the attorney is acting as executor or administrator, then they have a duty to keep you informed. If you're dealing with unclaimed funds, then any delays could be justified.

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Q: All liens and creditors are paid off.Can the estate be turned over to me immediately and the funds in my name?

My lawyer has control of my father’s estate. Ohio commerce has 120 day processing turnaround. This was supposed to be done in August 2023 when he first received it.

Beverly A Stull
Beverly A Stull
answered on Mar 27, 2024

The probate courts in different counties of Ohio have different rules for when property can be distributed. In most counties I've worked in, real property cannot be transferred until the Inventory in the estate has been filed and/or approved. Some counties can transfer personal property... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Personal Injury and Probate for Ohio on
Q: I have a question about my late husband who is now passed

My husband had a stroke a few years back I took care of him as he was 24/7 care at home for almost a year ,well in that year I was driving out car that was in his name and someone hit my car wrecking it completely,it had to be totalled out i was also hurt in this accident went to court, even though... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

Firstly, my condolences for your loss. Dealing with legal matters after the passing of a loved one can be overwhelming. In your case, since the check is in your late husband's name, you'll need to follow certain procedures to cash it. You should reach out to the issuing party or bank to... View More

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Q: I have an insurance check made out to my mother's estate. Can I just deposit that in her personal account so I don't hav

She gave me power of attorney to write checks in her behalf and to oversee her account. But now that she's passed we didn't get the executor of the will and the will in time. She has no other assets no property no house no cars nothing

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 26, 2024

The bank might or might not allow deposit of the insurance check. A Power of Attorney terminates when the person dies. So any use of that POA now would be unauthorized. If the bank won't accept it, ask the insurance company if it would reissue the check to an heir or beneficiary. If not,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Does my dad's life insurance policy have to go toward medical debt before being dispersed to beneficiary?

My dad passed away last summer. My sister (beneficiary) has been given a check from my father's life insurance policy and we are told the funds will be available in ~2 weeks. However, my dad has a high amount of medical debt left over. Is the life insurance money safe to be used or will... View More

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Feb 19, 2024

Proceeds from a life insurance policy, where the beneficiary is a named living individual(s), pass outside of the probate process, and the creditors have no claim to it because those proceeds are not part of your dad's estate.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My husband died 3 years ago. I have been paying 3 cc s I changed on since then. Can I stop paying? I’m 71 w no assets

These don’t show on my credit report

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 19, 2024

More information is needed here. For example, based on your post, are you suggesting that these 3 credit cards are in your deceased hsuband's name only? Anyway, the short version is that if you stop paying then you are exposed to being potentially sued and the question is whether or not... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My husband died 3 years ago. I have been paying 3 cc s I changed on since then. Can I stop paying? I’m 71 w no assets

These don’t show on my credit report

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

As a widow at 71 with limited assets, you may have options to address the credit card debt incurred by your deceased husband. Since the credit card debts do not appear on your credit report, it suggests that you may not be legally obligated to repay them, especially if they were solely in your... View More

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Q: I am listed as beneficiary on my father’s will. It by name excludes my sister. Should I be concerned about her contestin

The will excludes her by name. She says dad told her that she would be taken care of. She claims she is getting an attorney. He has passed away.

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answered on Feb 14, 2024

Yes. Most wills include provisions that disinherit anyone contesting a will. In this case, she is already disinherited, so there is no downside to her contesting the will.

On the other hand, will contests are HARD. It is very difficult to prove either undue influence or lack of capacity,...
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Q: I am listed as beneficiary on my father’s will. It by name excludes my sister. Should I be concerned about her contestin

The will excludes her by name. She says dad told her that she would be taken care of. She claims she is getting an attorney. He has passed away.

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Feb 14, 2024

Assuming your father is still alive, he could communicate with her his wishes and this would reduce the risk of litigation. He could also initiate ante-mortem probate to make sure the will gets admitted while he's alive. If she's getting an attorney, then you probably need to speak to one as well.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: I have a 98 year old father. He has a will. Is there a way to avoid probate on is condo or does his will do that?

His will splits his estate 50-50 between my sister and myself. I have financial POA.

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

A will absolutely does not avoid probate. Rather, it guarantees probate. Avoidance of probate requires a different technique such as a trust or a transfer on death designation/document. An estate planning attorney can help you choose the best probate-avoidance technique for you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My adult child passed away and has no will, very little assets ,very little debt
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Jan 11, 2024

It's difficult for an attorney answering this question to know what "very little" means. Assuming we are talking less than a couple $1000, the family could file for an administrative relief from probate / summary administration. If the assets are even less than 1000 the family may... View More

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Q: If an executor is on a bank account does that make the money theirs or does that money get considered in the will?

The will states any money in the bank or deposits on hold shall be divided.

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
answered on Dec 18, 2023

"on the bank account" is a bit vague. If the person named as executor was a beneficiary or a joint owner of the account, then that money is theirs, it's not subject to probate or the will, and they don't have any obligation to share it. If the executor has a bank account titled... View More

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Q: If an executor is on a bank account does that make the money theirs or does that money get considered in the will?

The will states any money in the bank or deposits on hold shall be divided.

Michael M Marques
Michael M Marques
answered on Dec 25, 2023

The issue here is whether the "executor on the bank account" is named as the beneficiary or a co-owner of the account. Bank accounts can have more than one owner and / or can be named in trust for (ITF) another individual, the beneficiary. If the executor also happens to be the co-owner... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Is my husband able to collect his fathers personal affects?

My father in law passed away recently without a living will and my husband is next of kin, but his father was living with his niece at the time of death who will not contact us. We are trying to get his affairs in order and My husband was wondering if he was aloud to collect his fathers things from... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 13, 2023

Your husband will need to open an estate administration case in probate court to exercise his rights regarding his father's estate. His cousin (the father's niece) has a right to keep people out of her apartment. Thus the only way to force her to do anything will be to get an order... View More

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Q: If my parents passed away and the cars are in probate is it illegal to drive them if I am executor?
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answered on Dec 11, 2023

You need to take care that both (a) the vehicles are insured as assets of the estate, and (b) you are driving them consistent with your duties as a fiduciary. If you are driving them to drop them off at a dealer for sale or you are driving them to and from a repair shop to be repaired to fix them... View More

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Q: my neighbor passed away in late October, I am concerned his children may be trying to settle his estate without probate

We are in Ohio. He was a single man with no spouse to pass his real estate and property to. I am told there is a Will, but as far as I can tell there is not a survivorship affidavit on file. He is listed as sole owner of his house (with a mortgage), and I am told his youngest daughter plans to sell... View More

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Dec 4, 2023

The short answer is that you simply have some misunderstandings about the way the process works. If the title to your neighbor's house was in his name, only a legal representative can sell the house. That means probate. The alternative is if the house was in a trust or was set to pass... View More

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