Erik Broel Interviewed About Building a Top Probate Law Firm in Georgia As many of our clients and friends know, we have assembled an awesome team of professionals that do some pretty incredible work for our clients. The word about our team has gotten out and our Founder and CEO, Erik Broel, was rec...

life insurance

I recently received a question from Marietta, Georgia regarding life insurance. In this situation, someone died and that person had named a beneficiary on their life insurance policy. Then, the beneficiary died before the proceeds of the insurance were paid to the beneficiary. What happens to the mo...

Spouse

I was recently asked to speak at “A Love Letter to Your Heirs”, which is an Enrichment for Life Movement class taught by Lee Pence, a very well respected financial advisor.  I am very grateful for the opportunity because I always enjoy the opportunity to speak and educate on probate law. One ...

year's support

I recently received a question from someone in Marietta, Georgia regarding whether a petition for year’s support must be filed in order to recover funds from a bank account. Apparently, the bank branch she went to told her that letters testamentary were not going to be sufficient. The bank in thi...

Probate

How an asset is held legally will help determine if it needs to go through probate or not. Common assets that are not affected are ones held in joint tenancy, with right of survivorship, accounts with TOD or POD designations, and assets held in trust. Under a Joint Tenancy each party owns an undivi...

estate

One of the little known facts about Georgia Probate law that may surprise you is that if you have kids, your spouse does not automatically inherit your entire estate. In fact, your spouse and children will split the estate equally, except that the spouse will never receive less than 1/3. Practicall...

probate in georgia

Although there is no Georgia probate law that requires an estate to be opened with the probate court, the law does require anyone who is in possession of an original will of the deceased to present it to the appropriate probate court. The will can be presented to the probate court for information pu...

I was recently asked to speak at the North Atlanta Business Association about the probate process in Georgia. The group had some really great questions and I had a wonderful time speaking with them. I am always grateful each time I have the opportunity to present to a group because there is so much...

Life insurance in Georgia

Make sure you have adequate life insurance in Georgia. Everyone knows that life insurance is a great (the best) way to make sure your family is taken care of after you’re gone. What many do not know, though, is that life insurance will alleviate many of the worries that your family will have durin...

Power of Attorney in Georgia

Do you have a durable power of attorney in Georgia? If you answered “no”, then contact our office now.  Yes, now. So, why do I, a probate attorney, care if you have a durable power of attorney?  After all, a power of attorney has nothing to do with probate because it terminates upon death, ri...

will in georgia

Do you have a will? If the answer to this question is anything other than a firm “YES!”, then you need to call or email my office. Today. I don’t want you to call so that we can sell you a will. Our firm doesn’t even write wills or do any kind of estate planning. I want you to get in touch ...

year's support

When someone has passed away leaving behind loved ones the courts allow for certain relatives to receive “additional” compensation from the estate. A Petition for year's support is the document that can be filed with the court by spouses and/or minor children of the deceased. Year’s Support is...

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