Probate Litigation: Back from the Dead
Hancock County, Oct 08, 2013 – A man who appears of complete health and sound mind had left the Probate Court of Hancock County, OH. The only problem is this particular man had been declared dead some nineteen years ago. Unless you believe in zombies, his wife alleges a greater tale; one of perhaps an overwhelming lack of responsibility. Donald Eugene Miller Jr. is alive and well, despite his cancelled Social Security and Driver’s License. Back when he was legally acknowledged as alive, he was also a drunkard and had lost his job and income to child support. Afraid of what to do, he quietly disappeared from his Arcadia apartment and made no contact. Until now, when he finally returned home only to be informed by his parents that he was in fact, dead.
Donald Miller allegedly left the state to avoid paying his outstanding child support fees, according to his ex-wife, Robin. She claimed his death in order to afford their children, and as probate goes, his social security death benefits were awarded. While she may be feeling sympathetically towards his new demise, she makes note of his irresponsible actions that led him into this situation.
Donald is now attempting to retrieve what life he may have to live now, although it will prove more difficult than perhaps, having paid out his original fees and responsibilities. Stranger than a walking, living, breathing man who has been presumed dead for years, is that Honorable Judge Allan Davis ruled that he is still presumed dead as the three year legal limit to reverse a death ruling has long since passed. Resolving the situation may prove impossible for years to come.
Robin Miller did what she had to do; she hired her probate lawyer.
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