If you had an Ohio relative (or friend) who died without much property, and you have agreed in writing to cover the costs of the funeral and burial, then you may be entitled to his or her limited assets to help offset those costs. Ohio statute provides for a summary release from estate administration under certain specific circumstances. The recently … Read More
My nephew and niece have been living with me for more than a year. Do their parents have to consent to me adopting them?
If you have a minor child, such as a niece, nephew, or grandchild, living with you in Ohio for more than one year, you may petition your county probate court to adopt that child, and the consent of the parents to the adoption may not be required. As an example, you may have a young relative living with you pursuant … Read More
What happens with a probate estate when the debts exceed the assets?
If someone has died, and an estate is to be administered, the executor or executrix, also known as the fiduciary, is responsible for gathering the property or assets of the estate. This task requires the fiduciary to track down and list whatever property the departed owned at the time of death. These assets may include cash, bank accounts, investments, real … Read More
We have just had a death in the family. What should be done with our loved one’s property?
First of all, take some time to deal with the immediate consequences of your loved one’s death. Make appropriate arrangements with the funeral home and also care for yourself. There is usually no need to rush to the lawyer’s office. As soon as you are ready, bring the loved one’s Last Will and Testament and other important documents to the … Read More