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C. Lawrence Huddleston III

C. Lawrence Huddleston III

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  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law
  • Ohio
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• Board-Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
• 22 years' Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law experience
• Founding Member and frequent speaker, WealthCounsel, LLC
• Fellow, Esperti Peterson Institute for Advanced Wealth Strategies Planning
• Fellow, The Laureate Circle
• Member, Professional Advisory Committee, The Columbus Foundation
• Member, ePlanners Educational Alliance
• Board Member, Christian Legal Society of Central Ohio
• Accredited Attorney – U. S. Veterans Administration
• Honoree, Leave A Legacy Award – Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
• Rated AV “Pre-eminent” by Martindale-Hubbell / Lawyers.Com
• Rated “10.0 - Superb” by AVVO.Com
• Co-author, "For Ohio Doctors: Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning" (2010)

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Trusts & Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations for referred clients and others who fully complete our comprehensive "Family & Financial Information" form
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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6th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
Founder & Manager
Huddleston Law Group
- Current
Capital University Law School
J.D. (1977) | Law
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Leave-A-Legacy Award
Central Ohio Council on Planned Giving
Nominated by the Ohio State University Office of Planned Giving for Leadership in Structuring the founding gift for the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, and other community planned giving activity
Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar
- Current
Activities: Estate Planning & Probate Law Committee
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Articles & Publications
For Ohio Doctors Only - Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax & Estate Planning
Guardian Publishing, LLC
Speaking Engagements
Dozens , Nationwide - 21 States
Dozens of Legal, Financial and Lay Organizatons
Numerous , Nationwide - 21 States
Dozens of Legal, Financial and Lay Organizatons
Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
Ohio State Bar Association/Ohio Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
14 Questions Answered

Q. Ohio jointly owned property willed to wife: need to wait 6 months for transfer,if judge ok'd assets?
A: If property is owned as "joint with rights of survivorship" it passes to the wife outside of probate with a simple form, and the Will has nothing to do with it. JTROS property is not a probate asset. If the property is merely "joint" (in Ohio, that means owned as "tenants-in-common"), the deceased husband owns half. It may be controlled by the Will, or the wife may receive it by claiming her statutory allowance. Marriage creates rights in real property, but not necessary the right to 100% of TIC property. It depends on what other assets are in the estate, and the precise wording of the Will. It sounds like the estate has already been filed, rather than waiting six months for the creditor claim period to expire. You cannot "distribute" estate assets until the court says it is okay, and most courts won't approve until the six months has passed and the Final Account has been filed and approved. It sounds like you are trying to do this yourself without the assistance of an expert probate attorney, and in doing so have caused yourself unnecessary worry and delay in transferring the house to the wife. If you have an attorney and he or she can't answer this question, you may wish to obtain a second opinion from an expert probate lawyer.
Q. can my husband sell our house for what we owe spitefully, rather than getting a realtor and best price?
A: One married spouse cannot convey clear title to a house owned in his or her own name. The non-owning spouse has "dower" rights, so must sign any deed. If you are not willing to sign the deed over to the buyer, title cannot transfer. Don't even think about going through a divorce without an expert divorce lawyer to represent you,
Q. My mother and I had Joint bank accounts. And in the will it states for her estate to be devided 50/50
A: If the account was "Joint with Rights of Survivorship" as most "joint" accounts are, the account goes directly to you. It does not go through probate and therefore is not controlled by the Will. All you need to do is take an original death certificate and a photo ID to a bank branch and they will convert the account into your name. The only caveat is that if your mother was on Medicaid (not Medicare), it is possible the state could come after the account if there are not enough other assets to reimburse the Medicaid payments.
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