probate real estate

What happens when the deceased was a resident of one state and owned real estate in another state? How do the probate courts handle this situation? When this type of issue occurs, you will usually have to open probate in both states. The reason for this is that there is no probate court with ...

Does an executor have to show accounting to beneficiaries

Once probate has begun, it is natural for beneficiaries to want to know what is in the estate. But, does an executor have to show an accounting of assets and expenses to the beneficiaries? What can you do if the executor refuses? These situations can be very frustrating and ofte...

probate required to receive an inheritance

Wills and trusts are two different ways someone can receive an inheritance. These can be used independently or together. What does Georgia probate law say when the deceased leaves both a will and a trust? Is probate required to receive an inheritance? When a trust is created and funded prope...

Does the executor have to show you the will

After a loved one passes away, it is common for close family members to want to see a copy of the will. Unfortunately, sometimes the executor may refuse to provide it. That can feel very frustrating. You may want to know what your loved one's wishes are, and you may want to veri...

real estate

Real property is often an issue in a probate estate, and it can be titled in various ways. How real estate is titled can greatly affect the way it is transferred after a person’s passing. For example, if there is only one owner the property will transfer to whoever is designated in the wil...

How long can an executor take to settle an estate

[youtube https:// Waiting on an estate to settle can sometimes require a lot of patience.  But what do you do when you feel like the executor is intentionally drawing out the process, or just not handling the estate business in a timely fashion? Some delays in an estate are to be expected, but h...

heir dies while an estate is still in probate

When someone who is an heir or a beneficiary of an estate dies while that estate is still pending, Georgia probate law says that the property that was supposed to go to that person will be inherited that person’s estate instead. For example, let’s assume your spouse’s parent passes away first....

What are the powers of the executor of a will

What are the powers of the executor of a will? This is a common question we get asked at our office. The default rule in Georgia is that the executor or administrator will have limited powers. However, when an executor or administrator has been granted expanded probate powers by...

estate challenges

When a loved one passes away, estate challenges can happen very quickly. What can you do about it? It is not uncommon for one or more family members to attempt to take over the estate, and gain a larger share of the deceased’s property.   Many times, the best response is to become ...

What powers does an executor of an estate have

What powers does an executor of an estate have? Probate powers are one of the least understood but most important topics for an executor or administrator to understand. The reason for this is that the level of powers the administrator or executor has been granted by the probate court w...

What is probate inventory

What is a probate inventory? Once you become appointed as executor or administrator of an estate, you may be required to file an initial inventory and ongoing annual returns.  This is an area that trips up a lot of personal representatives, and I don’t want you to be one of them. In...

How does probate bond work

If you’re handling an estate, you may be required to obtain a bond before the probate court will allow you to serve as executor or administrator.  But, how does a probate bond work? At first, the idea of a bond may seem unusual or even scary.  In this article, we'll look at what a probate...

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