In Ohio, if a person dies without a valid will and the deceased had probate property (see http://www.perlalaw.com/blog/what-is-probate-property-and-why-do-i-need-it-for-my-will-to-operate/), the Probate Court in the county where the person died will need to appoint an Administrator.
When determining who should be appointed Administrator of an estate, the Court will go through candidates in order of priority. First, the surviving spouse, if a resident of the state of Ohio. Second, the next of kin of the deceased, if a resident of the state of Ohio. If there is no spouse or next of … Read the rest