Confirm the deceased person had a will by contacting the probate court in the Ohio county where the person lived.
Request a copy of the estate filing from the Ohio county where probate case was filed. When you submit a request, you may be required to give the deceased person's full name and date of death. Copies range from $1 to 4 per page in most counties.
Verify the county of residence if you don't find a probate filing in the county you are searching. If the death was recent, probate may not have been filed. If this is the case, contact the family or the deceased person's attorney to verify the presence of a will.
Hire an attorney as soon as possible if you think you have a claim in the state of Ohio. An attorney will have the resources to track down estate filings quickly and review your case. If the will isn't found in time, you may lose any right to file.