if you own your house joint and survivor then you need an Affidavit of Surviving Spouse together with a certified copy of the death certificate
simply owning the house jointly is not enough, must have survivorship language in the deed
in addition you need to file Form 22 with the Ohio Estate Tax dept.
good idea to consult with a local attorney
to prepare the documents and properly file
My colleague is correct, if your deed contains language along the lines of, "to husband and wife for their joint lives, remainder to the survivor", then the transfer can be accomplished by filing an Affidavit of Survivor and death certificate with the county recorder (you should have an attorney do this to make sure you have the correct forms). If your deed does not contain the second half of that language (remainder to the survivor), then the property will likely need to go through a probate proceeding to transfer to you. I would recommend taking the deed to a local real estate and/or probate attorney to obtain more accurate advice.
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