Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, does a last will and testament have to mention all children? If they are not mentioned can they contest the will?

I have had one lawyer say they have to be mentioned, and one say they don't "..if they aren't in the will they aren't in the will".

Asked on 3/25/13, 8:48 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Nancy Fioritto Patete Nancy Fioritto Patete, Esq.

It's not necessary to mention all the children by name if it is clear in the will that all the children are intended to inherit by the will. Parents are allow to disinherit. If this would be the case, the child should be mentioned by name. Sometimes the disinherited child is given a nominal gift.

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Answered on 3/27/13, 7:59 am

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