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Judge names state for probate litigation: Heirs battle for corpse

Many Ohio readers are familiar with the legacy of Charles Manson, which is wrought with scandal, mystery and devastation. Convicted for spearheading a string of murders in 1969, he spent the rest of his life behind bars. The aftermath of his death has also been filled with controversy. In fact, it even took some time for a judge to decide where probate litigation regarding the decedent's estate should take place.

Since Manson was moved around from jail to jail, court officials weren't sure which state should be considered his residence. As it stands, the judge ruled for the state Manson lived in when he was convicted. Other complications still need to be ironed out, however, including who should get Manson's remains.

Several people are currently battling over the issue, including one man who says he's entitled to the remains of the 83-year-old as his adopted son. Two others, each of whom claims to be Manson's biological son, have also entered the fight over his remains. One of the men has not yet filed a formal court petition. There is a fourth person involved as well, a pen pal of Manson's for decades. This person also happens to be a collector and dealer of Manson memorabilia.

The latter says Manson wrote a will listing him as sole beneficiary to his estate; the problem is that there appears to be more than one Manson will. It will likely take a lot more time to solve all the problems associated with this probate litigation situation. Although most Ohio decedents are not attached to the national news limelight, such as Manson, some definitely leave behind estates that result in family discord. An experienced probate and administration attorney is a great source of support when trying to resolve estate disputes.

Source: Fox News, "Charles Manson's body still in morgue as legal battle between heirs heats up", Travis Fedschun, Accessed on Feb. 2, 2018

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