Distribution of Probate Assets to Minors

Probate Attorney Daniel A. McGowan practices in Ohio and Florida and can be reached for a free consultation by clicking here.  Executors and Administrators frequently face the question of what to consider when handling distributions of estate assets to minors and trusts.  Fortunately, there are a variety of statutory options that are available when making […]

Inheritance Disputes

“Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around.”—Brooke Astor Probate lawyers and laypersons will all enjoy reading Meryl Gordon’s recent book Mrs. Astor Regrets:  The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach as an outline of what can happen when wealth meets the dysfunctional family.    As most readers may know, […]

Exoneration: Will’s direction for payment of “all just debts” did not require exoneration of jointly held property.

Under the common law doctrine of exoneration, an heir or devisee is generally entitled to have encumbrances upon real estate paid by the estate unless the will directs otherwise. At least nineteen states have abrogated the doctrine of exoneration by enactment of Uniform Probate Code § 2-607, which provides for “default non-exoneration”: “A specific devise […]