Ohio Probate: The Basics

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Ohio probate law is the set of rules that regulate the distribution of a deceased person’s estate (assets and property) in the state of Ohio. If you are a legal heir to an estate, take heart – expensive probate attorneys and long courtroom proceedings may not be necessary. Here’s what you need to know to tackle Ohio probate by yourself.

Bypassing Ohio Probate

Some property can bypass the Ohio probate system altogether. This includes joint-tenant property, which is owned by two or more owners and often includes shared houses and property, bank accounts, and vehicles. In addition, living trusts bypass Ohio probate court and are distributed as contracted.

Additional Ohio Probate Procedures

List of Ohio Courts of Common Pleas

Ohio Probate Code

Allen
Ashland
Ashtabula
Athens
Auglaize
Belmont
Brown
Butler
Clark
Clermont
Clinton
Columbiana
Coshocton
Crawford
Cuyahoga
Defiance
Delaware
Erie
Fairfield
Fayette
Franklin
Fulton
Gallipoils
Geauga
Greene
Guernsey
Hamilton
Hancock
Henry
Highland
Hocking
Huron
Jefferson
Knox
Lake
Lawrence
Licking
Logan
Lorain
Lucas
Madison
Mahoning
Medina
Miami
Montgomery
Morrow
Muskingum
Ottawa
Pickaway
Portage
Preble
Richland
Ross
Sandusky
Scioto
Shelby
Stark
Summit
Trumbull
Tuscarawas
Union
Van Wert
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Williams
Wood
Wyandot

Also, see our article on Ohio Probate Procedure

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