Is there a simple form of probate for a small estate?

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Is there a simple form of probate for a small estate?

A friend’s mother recently passed away and left a car. There was no will and there were no other assets with the estate outside of the car. She rented an apartment and the family donated her items to Goodwill. The car is 23 years old and does not have much value. I would like to purchase the car for $100. The family is fine with that but says they cannot transfer the title without going through probate. Is there a simple process that can be done with the court to get the title transferred? The family does not want to spend a lot of money to sell a $100 car.

Asked on November 21, 2014 under Estate Planning, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It is completely understandable given the circumstances that they d not wish to incur expenses to sell the car. Yes, Ohio has small estate proceedings that are fairly simple to use. Your local county Probate Court (the one in which the administration would be probated) may be able to help.  While they can not give you legal advice they can guide you to the correct forms, etc.  I am going to give you a link to Greene County's forms and website so that you can at least look and see what would be required generally under the state.  Good luck.

http://www.co.greene.oh.us/index.aspx?NID=459


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