Monthly Archives: March 2014

What the Probe Ate?

Why is it called the Probate Court? Like many words in law, “probate” comes from Latin, where “probatio” means to prove. Early English Courts of Chancery, required wills, estates and guardianships to be proven in a court set up by … Continue reading

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Fill It Out, Whoever You Are

What’s the difference between an Administrator and an Executor? In modern times an administrator and an executor perform the same function in Probate Court: they are in charge of handling the estate of the deceased. An executor is nominated in … Continue reading

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Will Step In It

Q: Can my step-children inherit from me if I don’t have a will? A: It is possible – but highly unlikely – that your stepchildren could still inherit from you. Under Ohio’s default inheritance law that applies if the deceased … Continue reading

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Underage Thinking

Q: How is court different for Juvenile delinquencies from adult criminal court? A: While they have become increasingly similar over the years, Juvenile Court starts from a different perspective than adult criminal court. While both address accountability for failing to … Continue reading

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Rule 21? Hit me.

Q: We received a court notice in my son’s Juvenile Court case. What is a Rule 21 Conference? The notice refers to Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure Rule 21. Essentially, the rule says that whenever one of the parties requests … Continue reading

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