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What to know about probate

After an individual passes, that person's estate may need to go through probate. In Ohio, estates worth $35,000 or less may be relieved from some of the administrative requirements. That number increases to $100,000 if a surviving spouse inherits all of a deceased person's assets. Probate is necessary as it allows an executor to protect and distribute assets to the intended beneficiaries.

Becoming executor of a parent's will

People in Ohio who have been appointed executors of their parents' estates assume several responsibilities. Those who find out ahead of time that they will be the executors have an advantage because they still have time to communicate with their parents regarding their final wishes. Someone who has been designated as an executor should confirm his or her parent's desires, clarify any uncertainties and find out how much other family members know about the estate plan. He or she should also know where the will and any other important financial documents are located.

Bobby Vee's children battling over his estate

Ohio fans of singer Bobby Vee may be interested in learning that his four children are arguing over his estate. The singer, born Robert Velline, died from Alzheimer's on Oct. 24, 2016, shortly after a play based on his life story premiered at the St. Paul History Theater. This stage production and its earnings are the subjects of a petition filed by two of Vee's children.

Avoiding probate problems with an estate

Although it may be easy to put off estate planning, failing to address one's end-of-life wishes for the management of assets could leave those assets in control of the Ohio probate system. The state uses probate as an avenue for legally assessing the value of an estate and for determining how the relevant assets will be distributed to those entitled to inherit them in the absence of a will. While this might seem reasonable, the challenge is that those handling these matters may need to pay fees from the estate. Further, the recipients of assets according to intestacy law may be different from those that the decedent intended. Even with a valid will, the probate process can drag out.

Why Ohio residents should avoid DIY probate

While a DIY project may be less costly than having a professional do it, it may not be the best way to go about it. Probate is generally one of those projects that an individual may want to leave to a professional. This is because there are up to 130 different statutes to learn and understand, multiple pleadings and legal documents to complete and high possibilities of being liable to both heirs and creditors.

Probate litigation in Ohio

After an Ohio resident passes away, conflicts may sometimes arise over matters such as the transfer of their real estate holdings or how their property should be distributed. In some cases, the validity of their last will and testament or the legitimacy of a particular bequest may be contested. Resolving these disputes is often a difficult and delicate process, but they can divide families for years to come if they are not addressed promptly.

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