Everything You Need to Know About Georgia Probate Laws
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What Is Georgia Probate Law?
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If you have recently lost a friend or loved one, you may ask the following questions: What is probate? and How does it work? Probate is a process by which a judge establishes the validity of a will.
The Georgia probate court is responsible for authenticating a will. The executor then uses the deceased person’s assets to settle their creditors. The remaining assets are distributed among the beneficiaries.
The probate legal process is not simple or fast. It is complex, and there are various probate forms you will deal with. It is a complicated process to navigate on your own.
Read on to discover what happens when a decedent dies without a will. Then, you might see how retaining attorneys can assist you with probate issues.
Laws that Govern the Georgia Probate Court
Various probate laws govern the Georgia probate courts. Probate laws are found in the Georgia Code Title 53-Wills, Trusts, and Administration of Estates § 53-2-1.
An estate will still go through probate even when the deceased does not leave a will. Georgia probate law gives a probate judge the authority to appoint an executor in such a case. The judge should also appoint a guardian ad litem for beneficiaries who are minors.
Under Georgia law, the surviving spouse is the first to inherit. They cannot be disinherited. Additionally, half-siblings who are the decedent’s children are equal in inheritance. The decedent’s children born after the death but conceived prior are also entitled to inheritance.
The surviving spouse or children of the dependent should receive Year’s support. As the probate case continues, that is a part of the estate put aside to support the family left behind.
Requirements of a Valid Will
A valid will must be signed appropriately. At times a will can contain a document called a self-serving affidavit. That is a document signed by the will’s maker and their witnesses to solidify the validity of a will.
Here are other conditions that judges use to determine the validity of a will:
Settling the Estate
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