A couple lived in a retirement community. He died in February. His widow, my mother-in-law, stayed in the community until July, in large part to settle up his estate. She moved to Virginia to live with her daughter (my wife) and me in July. The widow was notified in November that, since the community was partially in Franklin and partially in Fairfield County, the entire process of settling the estate must be repeated in Fairfield County. This will require retaining someone to function as the executor as well as numerous forms, filings, and, of course, legal expenses. Doew the entire process of settling the estate have to be repeated literally across the street from where five months of forms and filings were just completed?
My motherin-in-law is fully able to tend to her own affairs. She is obviously distraught on loosing her husband and rather lost in the legal requirements of Ohio. Any assistance will be gratefully appreciated.