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How Does a Probate Bond Work In Georgia?

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 and who pays for a probate bond?

At first, the idea of a bond may seem unusual or even scary.  In this article, we’ll look at what a probate bond is, where to get one, and how a probate bond works.

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What Is A Probate Bond?

What is a probate bond

A bond in probate court works like an insurance policy. 

It insures the beneficiaries or heirs of the estate against the risk that the executor or administrator could mismanage or intentionally harm the estate by misusing or taking estate property.

Where To Get A Probate Bond?

A bond in probate court is usually obtained from a commercial insurance agency. 

Depending on the amount of the bond, the insurer may ask for a credit check, employment verification, and other information to determine whether it will underwrite the bond. 

The amount of the bond will be set by the court.  The bond is normally equal to the value of all non-real estate property.  As the value of the estate increases, the more stringent the bond requirements become.

How Does A Probate Bond Work?

Since the bond works like an insurance policy, it would not pay anything out unless something bad happens in the estate. 

For example, if the personal representative does not handle their responsibilities properly, the probate court judge has the authority to order the personal representative and bond company to pay for the harm.

Often, that means the bond will wind up paying for the harm initially. 

Even if the bonding company is the one that pays, that doesn’t mean the bad acting executor or administrator is off the hook because the bond company will often pursue that person to recover the amounts paid out.

Next Steps: 

Everything discussed in this article is for general information and is not legal advice.

If you are in a situation where you need help settling an estate correctly, I recommend you reach out to our office at (770) 920-6030 to set up a consultation.

If you’re not quite ready for a consultation, be sure to download our Georgia Probate Handbook so you know how the estate is supposed to be handled.

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Disclaimer: The information above is provided for general information only and should not be considered legal advice. Our probate attorneys provide legal advice to our clients after talking about the specific circumstances of the client’s situation. Our law firm cannot give you legal advice unless we understand your situation by talking with you. Please contact our law office to receive specific information about your situation.

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Erik J. Broel
Founder & CEO

Erik founded the firm in 2009. He sees it as his personal mission to demystify the process of handling an estate or trust, and to help people by making the complex estate process simple and accessible. He believes there is always a better way to do things, and loves finding new and innovative ways to deliver better, more effective service that solves the client’s key problem or issue, and improves the client’s life.

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