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What happens if someone dies without a will? Ohio, Evidence

Customer Question

What happens if someone dies without a will?
JA: Estate laws vary by state. What state are you in?
Customer: Ohio
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: Evidence of what?
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: My son died at age 34, he was married for less than 3 years. He did not have a will. Does everything automatically go to her?
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

Hello and welcome. I am working on your answer and will be right back!

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

I am very sorry for your loss. did they have any children?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No, no children
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

His assets would pass to the surviving spouse.

That said, if he identified specific beneficiaries other than his wife in an account, real estate, insurance, that beneficiary would have a claim to that particular asset.

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

I trust the answer is fast and clear. Kindly let me know.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
even though he left notes for her to give me a few of his personal things, I have no way to get them legally?
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

You can press her to turn them over, that such notes reflected his testamentary intent, and she may well comply, especially if she thinks you may take her to court or otherwise hold up the adminstration of the estate. It is possible, but not a strong position.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I thought that might be the case. He died 1 1/2 years ago and she won't speak to me and when I have asked for the items she just puts me off but does not completely refuse.
Thank you for your time.
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

Very welcome. Consider having a local estate lawyer send a letter which may prompt a settlement.

Kindly rate me 5 stars.

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 15 days ago.

Thank you in advance.

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 14 days ago.

Please let me know if the answer is acceptable. thank you.

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