January 30, 2017

          When we talk about blended families, we mean a husband or wife who has children from a previous marriage or relationship. Ohio law does not allow a step-child to inherit from a step-parent. Only biological or adopted children may inherit from a parent. If you want to make sure that your child or step-child will receive your assets after you die, you will need an estate plan now.

The simplest way to play for step-children is to prepare and sign a will. In a will, you can specifically designate your children to include step children. Without a will, your assets will be distributed by rules we call “intestate succession.” Thes...

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