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Probate in Georgia is the process by which legal title of property is transferred from the decedent’s estate to his or her beneficiaries. The purpose of a probate proceeding is to settle every possible claim so that title to the assets of the estate passes to the rightful beneficiaries free and clear of adverse claims. The deceased person’s assets are administered to ensure that all creditors are paid, all rights of the beneficiaries and heirs are protected, and the estate assets are properly and fairly distributed. Whether a person dies with only a will, or no will at all, a probate will likely be necessary if the decedent owned assets over a certain amount, or if they owned assets only in their own name.
We counsel and advise our clients who have been named as the executor or administrator of an estate in Georgia through every step of the probate process. Our services include:
-Providing the proper tools to accurately account for all of the expenses of probate.
-Assisting in the completion of an accurate inventory of all of the assets of the estate.
-Helping to locate all possible benefits, including insurance policies and pension benefits.
-Assisting with property valuations, for certain types of assets.
-Completing state and federal estate tax returns, if necessary.
-Ensuring that all debts, estate taxes, and gift taxes are paid.
-Supervising the distribution of the estate in accordance with the terms of the will or state law.
We typically begin working with our clients at the beginning of the probate process; however, it is possible to retain us to assist if unanticipated problems arise during administration.
Choosing your Georgia probate or trust lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make. Attorney Karen Brown-Williams is a knowledgeable and caring probate/administration lawyer who is committed to helping her clients maximize the amount that can be gathered into the estate, and minimize the amount that will go to taxes. Our staff is thorough and meticulous, ensuring that no details are overlooked before an estate is closed.
If you're responsible for the administration of a decedent's estate anywhere in the Atlanta metropolitan area or if you need advice about your rights as a surviving spouse, statutory heir or beneficiary, contact Attorney Karen Brown-Williams today.