Upon the signing of the decree establishing the death of the presumed decedent, the real property of the presumed decedent passes and devolves as in the case of actual death, and the persons entitled by will, or under Chapter 2105. of the Revised Code, may enter and take possession. Persons taking the real property may sell or mortgage it and the purchaser or mortgagee takes a good title, free and discharged of any interest or claim of the presumed decedent. The persons taking the real property shall not sell, convey, or mortgage any part of the property within the three-year period specified in section 2121.08 of the Revised Code without first giving bond in an amount to be fixed by the probate court and with sureties to be approved by the court. In the discretion of the court the bond may be taken without sureties. The bond shall be conditioned to account for and pay over to the presumed decedent, in case within the three-year period after the decree is entered by the court it is established that the presumed decedent is still alive, the value of the real property sold or conveyed, or in the case of the making of a mortgage, to pay the amount of the mortgage and interest on the mortgage, or in case of a foreclosure of that mortgage, to account for and pay over the value of the real property mortgaged.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.52, SB 124, §1, eff. 1/13/2012.
Effective Date: 05-16-2002