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Probate courts face issue of whether to release private emails

In Ohio and other states, should a person's estate have complete control over the decedent's private emails?  A service provider, Yahoo, recently filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that it reverse a state court decision holding that a probate court could not refuse the estate's access to the deceased man's private emails. The original refusal of access was based on the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA), which sets up certain privacy protections for electronic accounts.

The executor administers the decedent's probate estate

Acting as the executor or personal representative to someone's estate in Ohio is not an easy task that is quickly discharged. The probate of an estate may take many months before all the loose ends are wrapped up and the estate can be successfully concluded. A person can be appointed in a will to be the decedent's executor or, where the decedent had no will, the person stepping forth will likely be a next of kin who, in the face of no opposition, will be appointed by the court to perform the job.

Probate includes filing the will and starting an estate

After the testator of a will in Ohio dies and leaves assets in the form of bank accounts, getting to those accounts may be necessary early to pay for the funeral and related expenses, such as a funeral dinner. However, it will be necessary for the next of kin to show certain preliminary identification documents. Prior to setting up probate for a formal estate, money can be obtained from bank accounts by the estate's personal representative who is designated in the will.

How do you protect your assets from the probate process?

Every estate will go through the probate process when it is administered. But not every estate has to have all of their assets go through that process. Protecting your hard earned property and assets from the probate process is a critical step to saving your beneficiaries and loved ones painful and extended probate litigation, as well as preserving the value of your estate.

What is a breach of fiduciary duty?

When someone passes away, there are a number of details that must be tended to and resolved. This includes locating heirs, paying taxes, settling debts and distributing assets. These tasks are handled by a fiduciary, or someone who has an obligation to act in the best interests of the decedent. 

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