estate

do the surviving heirs inherit the estate This is a great probate law question that highlights a common misconception in Georgia probate law. The answer is more complicated than the question seems. So, let’s say that the mother dies without a spouse and leaves three children who ...

expenses

Can a beneficiary get reimbursed by the estate before the other beneficiaries get their shares? Generally speaking, Georgia probate law allows expenses paid on behalf of the estate to be reimbursed, so long as the expenses are considered proper. Whether the total amount is fully r...

What To Do When A Loved One Passes Away

What To Do When A Loved One Passes Away? Having a loved one pass away is never easy.  After the funeral, thoughts often turn to settling the estate.  But, what is the best first step?  How quickly do you need to get started? These are very common questions. We'l...

fraud

What happens when you find evidence of estate fraud years after the estate was settled? For example, what if you discover a deed that is clearly wrong? Perhaps you were led to believe that a parent died without a last will and testament, and then you later find an executor’s dee...

Handling Georgia Probate from Out of State

  How do you handle an estate in Georgia from out of state? Settling an estate is difficult on its own, and those challenges are magnified when you have to manage the estate remotely because you don't live close by. In this article, we're going to discuss some of the unique cha...

what does executor do

What does an executor do for an estate? What is the job of an executor and what does the executor do? We're going to answer those questions today. My name is Erik Broel. I'm the founder and CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group. We're a law firm that focuses exclusively on helping families ...

administrator silent

It can be one of the most frustrating things in the world. A loved one has passed away and another relative is serving as executor or administrator. You felt good when the probate process started and you were looking forward to seeing your loved one's affairs settled in a peaceful and fair manner. Y...

How to Keep an Estate Peaceful

Often, when our team meets with an executor or administrator for the first time, a key concern on their mind is how to keep the estate peaceful and avoid estate disputes. Maybe you are in a situation where you have reason to believe things could get out of hand. Or perhaps you believe ...

estate

Who should manage the estate is a common question in probate law. It depends on a number of factors.  First, I’d like to clarify a few terms. There are a few different titles for the person who is in charge of managing an estate. The most common two are an executor and an administrator. Wh...

Selling deceased parents home

Selling a deceased parent's home is never a happy experience.  A lot goes into it and for many of our clients, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Between going through the personal items in the home, handling the legal process, listing the home, and finally attending the closing, i...

administrator goes rogue

What happens if there is an administrator of an estate who has cut off all contact with the heirs and it appears that the person may have transferred estate assets into their name? In this case, we have an administrator gone rogue. Under Georgia probate law, an administrator of an esta...

Petition for year's support

A Petition for Year's Support can be a game changer in a probate case. It takes advantage of some key provisions of Georgia probate law that are designed to protect and benefit a surviving spouse and minor children. In this article, we're going to go over what the petition for year's s...

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