Clients frequently ask, "How can I avoid probate?" While some of the steps involve preparation of documents that only an attorney should prepare, there are some things that you can do yourself to avoid probate without an attorney's involvement. Following are a few suggestions:
Ohio House Bill 432 recently went into effect and made some changes to Ohio's laws that are worth noting. Below are just a few highlights of this bill:
1. Ohio law previously allowed a surviving spouse to receive two automobiles valued at $40,000 or less without taking the vehicles through probate. Under the new law, a surviving spouse may now claim an unlimited number of vehicles having a total combined value of no more than $65,000.