What Happens to a Decedent’s Debts?

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One of the questions I am asked most often is, “Do I have to pay my deceased loved one’s debts?” In Ohio, there are strict rules about the payment of a decedent’s debts. Decedent’s Probate Estate Rule No. 1: The only place from which a creditor of a decedent can be paid is from the… Read more »

Business Law: What is Substantial Performance of a Contract?

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In contract law, substantial performance is a term used to describe a type of performance that, while not complete, is still sufficient to fulfill a party’s obligations under the agreement. In other words, the legal doctrine sometimes allows parties to avoid facing a breach of contract claim even though they technically deviated slightly from the… Read more »

Estate Planning: Are Handwritten Wills Valid in Ohio?

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A will is a core part of virtually every effective estate planning. It is a legal document expressing a person’s last and final wishes, which ensures their desires are carried out. To be legally valid, a will must conform to certain basic characteristics. This raises a question: Is a handwritten will valid in Ohio?  The… Read more »