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Do You Need a Large Amount of Property to Draft a Will in Ohio?

Do You Need a Large Amount of Property to Draft a Will in Ohio?
November 1, 2019 Shannon Dawes
Franklin County Ohio estate planning lawyer

One common reason lawyers hear for people not drafting wills is people think they do not have enough property to create a will. In the blog below, Dawes Legal, LLC, discusses whether you need to have a certain amount of property to create a will in Ohio.

Under Ohio law, there is no property requirement for creating a will. You do not need to be a wealthy landowner to make end-of-life plans. You can create a will if you own no real property and little personal property. And you should create a will, regardless of how much property you own.

One purpose of a will is to leave property to loved ones, but a will also dictates important aspects of your estate and documents your wishes with respect to your loved ones upon your passing. For instance, you will designate a personal representative or executor in your will. You can also detail your wishes for any minor children. While Ohio courts will not automatically accept the wishes spelled out in a person’s will with regard to the care of minor children, the information in your will is strong support for your position.

In addition, you can use your will to document whom you would like to care for any pets you’re leaving behind. Think of your will not just as a tool for conveying property after death but also as a way to ensure your desires for the ones you love are protected.  

Requirements for a Will in Ohio

Again, you do not need a certain amount of property to create a will. Even if you have no property, will creation is something you absolutely should start considering for the protection of you and your loved ones. You can create a will on your own, but it is always wise to have the direction of an experienced lawyer. Ohio law mandates that all wills meet specific requirements to be valid. These include:

  1. The subject of the will must be at least 18 years old;
  2. The subject of the will must be of sound mind;
  3. The will needs to be committed to writing;
  4. The subject of the will needs to sign the will;
  5. Two people who will not gain from the will must witness the will.

Each of these factors is required for a valid will in Ohio. An estate and probate attorney can help you understand the requirements and make sure your will meets all of them to become valid in the state.

Contact Dawes Legal, LLC, today to discuss creating a will for yourself or a family member. It is never too early to start this important process, and Attorney Shannon Dawes can walk you through every step. Schedule your consultation today by calling (614) 733-9999.