When someone dies, is there will public record?

How can I find information about my grandmother that died in Ohio in 2/06. I need to find out if I can get a copy of her will. Is it public record? How do I go about finding this out??

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Normally wills are not made public do to the fact that it puts the people who are willed at risk from fraud from con artist or other criminals. I do believe if that you may have to speak to the lawyer that was in charge of your grand mothers estate to see the legal ramification's.
i have no idea...seek a lawyer for advice..but that could be pricey.
No, wills are not public record. They are private documents.
i don't know about Ohio but i think most states do the same thing. if you know what funeral home took care of her funeral you can get a copy from them. that's what i did when my mother passed away. if not then it gives you a place to start. they can direct you if you need to go somewhere else..
If you are a family member you may be able to get a lawyer to subpoena a copy of it. Either way talk to a lawyer.
some states have death certificates on file, some states only record the deaths at county level. They are public records and you can get a copy of them. Wills are not public records and as a rule you can not get a copy of them.
Yes, when someone dies, there is a public record. Visit the Ohio Death Certificate Index Searchable Database at http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/data... Here are a few of the FAQs listed, which should assist:

• Where do I find death certificates?
The Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library has copies of original death certificates on microfilm for the period December 20, 1908 through 1953. They can be viewed in the library’s Microfilm Reading Room, ordered through the mail, or ordered online for specific years. The Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics Office maintains statewide death certificates from 1954 to the present. Individual health departments in the county or city where the death took place keep certificates for their local area (not statewide).

• What information is on a death certificate?
Death certificates contain two types of information: information about the deceased and information about the death. Information about the deceased may include: first name, last name, middle name, age, sex, race, date of birth, place of birth (state or country), marital status (including number of children), spouse’s name, occupation, father’s name and birth place, mother’s name and birth place, and signature and address of person providing information about the deceased.

Information about the death may include: date of death, primary cause of death, contributing cause of death, duration of the primary and contributing causes of death, signature and address of the physician, former residence if death occurred away from home, place of death, place of burial, date of burial, signature and address of undertaker, date when the certificate was filed, and signature of the local registrar.

Not all of this information is on every death certificate. The forms varied from year to year, and, depending on the informant, the information may not be complete or correct.

• What does the term given for the cause of death on the certificate mean?
Earlier death records frequently used abbreviations and medical terms that are now outdated for illnesses. View the RootsWeb site to find modern equivalents for older medical terms. Further information can also be obtained through the Archives/Library Reference Staff.

• Will I find any additional information besides the death certificate?
In some cases, supporting information may appear along with the death certificate. These attachments have been microfilmed and directly proceed or follow the certificate itself on the film. This supporting data can come in a range of styles and include a variety of information. For example, if an original death certificate contained misinformation, the Department of Health would draft an official Affidavit of Correction indicating the corrected information. In other cases, the Department of Health may have required a doctor to provide additional information about a death.

• How were these death certificates created?
Following a death, a physician or mortician compiled information about the deceased on a death certificate. The certificate was registered with the local county registrar, and the original copy sent to the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics. There, the Vital Statistics staff ensured that the information was complete and that it met the state’s standards. At that point, the death certificate at the Department of Health became the official, permanent record.

How do you know for sure there was a will? Check out Freking & Betz http://www.workingpeople.com/estateplanf... for a quick primer on death with and without a will.

WHAT IS A WILL CONTEST?
A Will contest is a type of litigation challenging the admission of a Will to Probate. Individuals cannot challenge a Will simply because they did not get what they wanted or do no think the provisions of a Will are "fair." Most Will contests are based on one of the following reasons:

A belief that the testator (the person who made the Will) was subjected to fraud, coercion or undue influence when the Will was created;
The testator lacked mental capacity (was senile, delusional, or of unsound mind) when he or she made the Will;
The Will is a forgery or does not conform to legal requirements; or
The Will contains ambiguities in its provisions.
The Court may disallow only the part of the Will that was challenged or throw out the entire Will. The decedent's property will be distributed according to the last previous Will, or if there is none, as if the person had died without a Will. An attorney can advise you on whether a Will contest makes sense, depending on the specific facts and circumstances, and what you hope to achieve.

According to the Probate Court Records link http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/probat... however, you will need an atty to access the will. To wit:

Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Due to the complexity of the law and desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Court employees are prohibited by statute from practicing law and cannot give legal advice.

To find a wills/estate atty in Ohio, contact the state bar association's Lawyer Referral link: http://www.ohiobar.org/pub/?articleid=72...

Good luck.


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