SPEAK WITH A TEAM MEMBER (770) 920-6030

Download the Georgia Probate Handbook.

Learn Important Probate Essentials, including key things that go wrong in an estate, how to prevent them, and what to do if they happen.

 

    Our 2017 Themes … and a Look Ahead

    By
    logos-image logos-image logos-image

    When we started a new series of blog posts back in April we weren’t sure what direction things would go. It turns out that we hit on a few recurring themes and in looking back we realize these are themes for our times. It may seem like we wrote across a diverse spectrum of subjects – we did manage to touch on the ’80’s classic film noir Body Heat, J. Paul Getty, Where the Wild Things Are, Dick Tracy, the NBA, Marilyn Monroe, and much more – but every post revolved around a handful of … well, probate truths.

    captureWhat are those truths? Pretty simple, actually. They all revolve around this deceptively simple question – what did the deceased want?

    Sounds simple, doesn’t it? In practice, though, it rarely is. It’s like asking what Moby Dick symbolized for Herman Melville. We can read and read Moby Dick. We can read everything else Melville wrote (it was a lot), we can read letters to and from him by other writers, we can do a lot but we can’t do the most direct, most important step – we can’t ask Herman.

    So, everything we do is try to understand what the deceased wanted. They can have a will, they can have trusts, foundations, and all manner of sophisticated testamentary documents and instruments but …

    … sometimes that doesn’t convey the real story, the real intent. Sometimes, thetracy-otrcat-com conditions and influences leading to executing documents is murky … or even suspect.  ‘Deathbed’ gifts, the elderly driven to lawyers they don’t know to execute new wills, changes to wills and trusts that seem to have come out of nowhere. the list goes on. All situations that are clouded by motives.

    Related Topic:  Undue Influence, The Series

    Why did the woman in Washington leave her ancestral property to her mail carrier? Did a wealthy businessman mean to disinherit his grandchildren or did he just lose track of things through too many codicils? What books did the famous author want to go to his foundation? What books did he want to go to the museum he supported his entire life?

    So many questions. We see them everyday, we unravel the answers everyday.

    We’ll be writing more this year. The themes will remain consistent because people are people.

     

     

    MORE FROM OUR BLOG

    After a loved one passes away, it is not uncommon to want to begin handling their affairs right away. Often, one of the first things the family will want to access the deceased’s bank accounts. Unfortunately, they quickly learn that the bank will not speak with them or give them any information, l...

    What happens if it is discovered that the deceased had dementia when the Will was created? Does that mean that the Will is automatically invalid or that the Probate Court will not accept it?  We will discuss these questions in this post. My name is Erik Broel & I am the founder & CEO of ...

    When can the Estate cover attorney's fees?  This is a common question with a somewhat complicated answer.  We’ll cover the basics in this post. My name is Erik Broel & I am the founder & CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group. At our firm we help families who have lost a loved one navigate ...

    © 2021 Georgia Probate Law Group by Broel Law, LLC. All rights reserved.