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Section 2129.07 | Proceedings to admit foreign will to record.


(A) An authenticated copy of a will executed, proved, and allowed in a country other than the United States and territories of the United States, and the probate of that will shall be produced by the executor, or by a person interested in the will, to the probate court of the county in which there is any estate upon which the will may operate. The court then shall continue the application to admit it to probate for two months. Notice of the filing of the application shall be given to all persons interested in the will, in a public newspaper published in or in general circulation in the county in which the application is made, at least three weeks consecutively. The first publication shall be at least forty days before the time set for the final hearing of the application. If on the final hearing, it appears to the court that the instrument ought to be allowed in this state, it shall order the copy to be filed and recorded. The will, and the probate and record of it, then shall have the same effect as if the will originally had been proved and allowed in that court.

(B) This section does not give effect to the will of an alien different from that which it would have had if originally proved and allowed in this state.

(C) When the copy of the will has been filed and recorded, and when no ancillary administration proceedings have been had or are being had in this state, sections 2106.01 to 2106.08 of the Revised Code, relating to the election of a surviving spouse, shall apply the same as in the case of resident decedents, except that an election under section 2106.01 of the Revised Code shall not be made subject to division (E) of that section, but instead shall be made at any time after the death of a decedent but not later than six months after the recording of the copy of the will.

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