If a loved one has recently died and you are surprised to learn that you are not included in their will, this is likely to make the grieving process even more difficult. You will likely have felt that you were one of the closest people in their life, especially if you're directly related.
Most people have a will in place at the time of their death. After a person passes away, this will need to be processed so that assets can be handled and passed to beneficiaries. Wills are often referred to as tickets to probate court because they inform the probate court on how to move forward with the deceased person's assets.
If a person you love has recently died, it is likely to be a stressful and sad time for you. Unfortunately, in addition to grieving your loss, you will also have to deal with the administrative aspects of dealing with their estate.
When a person passes away, it is the job of the executor to deal with all aspects of the deceased person's estate. The executor is usually named in the deceased person's will. However, if no will exists or if no executor is named, it will be the job of the probate court to appoint an executor.
It's an honor to be appointed as executor of a loved one's estate. The problem is many who are appointed to that role only do it one time. Many are ill-informed about their responsibilities and make mistakes as they carry out their assigned duties. They can cost heirs to lose a significant portion of their inheritance.
If a loved one has recently passed away, your family will be going through a stressful time. Grief can change our mental state in many ways, and it can also cause us to act out-of-character. This can potentially lead to a higher amount of tension within the family dynamic, even if everyone is sharing the same grief.
If you are an executor of an estate, you will have the responsibility of going through estate administration. This can feel like an overwhelming process to go through, especially when you are grieving the death of a person that you cherished. Many estates need to go through the probate process, even when there is a last will in place.
It can feel overwhelming to be named the executor of an estate. It means that you have to oversee the entire procedure of settling a person's estate after they have passed away.
The procedure to start an estate in the probate court after a person's death is generally similar in Ohio and other states. The procedure can be slightly different if the decedent had no will. In either case, the probate court will not get directly involved in the estate's details unless problems arise.
The general probate process is similar in all states. The terminology may vary to some extent in the different jurisdictions, creating what looks like divergent laws and procedures. Actually, the general pattern of probate is similar from state to state. At the same time, it is necessary to be familiar with the specific probate laws in one's state, including here in Ohio, to probate an estate most efficiently and in a timely manner.