What Happens If I Pass Away Without a Will?

If you pass away without a will or without transfer on death designations, then the default is the Ohio descent and distribution statute. It dictates who gets all of your assets. For example, if you are married with kids and your spouse predeceases you, then it goes all to your kids. If you are unmarried and do not have kids, then we go up in the descendants. So it goes to parents and their lineal descendants, grandparents, and so on. If after going through the exhaustive list in the descent distribution statute, there’s no one, then it would a sheet or go to the state. If you wanna have control over where your assets go, then you need an estate plan to dictate how your assets transfer. Contact a Columbus estate planning attorney today!

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