Ohio

Ohio Last Will & Testament Information

An Ohio Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:

The testator must be eighteen years old or older. 

They must also be of ‘sound mind’.

The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).​

The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid. They  should have seen the testator sign the will or heard them acknowledge the signature.

Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format. However, oral wills are accepted if made in the last sickness and witnessed two competent disinterested individuals, within 10 days after the speaking of the testamentary words.

An Ohio resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.

Citizens may be offered relief from court involvement in the following instances:

  • If the estate is valued at less than $100,00 and the surviving spouse is granted all the assets,
  • Or if the estate is valued at less than $35,000 and the surviving spouse will not inherit all the estate’s assets, or if there is no spouse surviving the deceased. 

If a person dies without a will, a surviving spouse will be given the entire estate unless there are children involved. In this case, the assets will be divided between the spouse and children. If the testator gets divorced or their marriage is annulled after having drawn up a will, there will be certain provisions in favor of the ex-spouse that no longer apply. 

Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Ohio.

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