Many people in Ohio have a will prepared but have not taken the additional steps of establishing an estate plan. A simple will may be inadequate to cover all of the issues that may arise in the future. Accordingly, estate experts suggest that the individual or married couple meet with an estate planning attorney to discuss the features and prospects for an estate plan.
The personal representative of the decedent's estate in Ohio is responsible for managing and administering the assets of the estate. This includes the real estate owned by the decedent at his or her death. In some cases, other persons will be residing in the decedent's residence or in other real estate owned by the decedent. The personal representative, who is called the executor when there is a will, must dispose of the real estate during the probate process according to the will or according to state law where there is no will.
Experiencing the death of a family member is a traumatic and stressful event, which can often be made much worse when other family members are in conflict over matters such as the will or inheritance of the deceased. It can be incredibly difficult to have to deal with family infighting in the midst of your mourning and grief.
Estate disputes in Ohio and elsewhere can be complicated and involve a web of issues that may take some painstaking analyses by the courts to unravel and resolve. This is true of the probate litigation that has emanated from the estate of football star Aaron Hernandez, who died by suicide in prison last year. His conviction was vacated by an appellate court after Hernandez died.
Many Americans in Ohio and throughout the country believe that they don't have enough assets to necessitate estate planning. However, where an individual or married couple have a home, particularly one with a low or paid-off mortgage balance, potential complications make it important enough to go over with an estate planning attorney to assure that there will be no problems in the future. One way to cultivate dissension among heirs is to ignore the house as an important reason to make an estate plan.