Who Will Inherit Estate?

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Someone on Avvo recently asked: "My brother Ric left his house to my mom and brother Doug but Doug died 2 years ago and Ric never updated his will. Does Doug's part go to his adopted daughter or to my mom or me the only other sibling left?"

Answer from Ohio Estate Planning Attorney Staten Middleton: "I agree with the previous answer. But you also need to consider an often overlooked possibility that the title to the property may be held in such a way that the real estate does not pass through the Will. That is, it may be held with survivorship rights, transfer on death, etc... Those provisions generally override designations in a Will. A review of the title to the property would also be required."

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