Probate in Georgia makes some people intimidated. However, it does not have to be this way. Certain estates indeed offer challenges that require someone to go over them with a fine-tooth comb. However, hiring an experienced attorney makes this process easier.
Managing your or a loved one’s estate requires precise language and the knowledge to deal with county clerks. See below for a brief overview of probate in Georgia and what to expect.
Not every lawyer knows the process
The language that a court requires varies from county to county. Clerks prefer to have their questions answered in advance, so make sure your attorney is familiar with the process for your specific case. Many attorneys claim they have the expertise to file probate paperwork but are general practitioners who should leave the process to someone else.
The courts might make a decision for you
It is in you and your heirs’ best interest to appoint an experienced executor in your will. Ensure that your executor can identify every possible heir and bring the properly filed paperwork to the county clerks without incident. If there is no will, the process becomes slightly different. In Georgia, the heirs have the right to select an administrator unanimously if there is not an appointed executor in the deceased’s will. If you cannot agree, the court makes the appointment. Do not leave your estate management to chance if you do not have to.
If you have your affairs in order and appoint an executor who knows the probate process, the distribution of an estate becomes much more manageable. However, this is not always the case. Whether a will exists or not, you still need someone to manage a deceased’s estate and avoid undue delays.