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Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration, and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse.
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Probate records in Ohio were kept by the Common Pleas Court [rior to 1851.
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There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The person writing the will is called the testator. All wills must be witnessed.
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The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator by another party, usually an attorney.
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A holographic will is written by the testator himself.
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A nuncupative will lists the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside.
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A person who dies without a will is said to have died intestate.
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An executor is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An administrator is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate.
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A bequest is a legacy, usually a gift of real estate, by will.
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A codicil is a supplemental document to a will.
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The deceased person is called the decedent.
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A widow's dower is her claim to a portion of her deceased husband's estate during her lifetime, for and her children's support.