Learn Important Probate Essentials, including key things that go wrong in an estate, how to prevent them, and what to do if they happen.
Do you know what questions to ask a Personal Representative when you have concerns about an Estate? There are key pieces of information you can use to determine if the Personal Representative is doing a good job.
Learn two questions to ask a Personal Representative so you can feel good about the direction of the Estate, and more in this article.
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 the complex and confusing legal process so they can make sure the estate is handled properly and their loved one’s memory is honored.
Some of the most common concerns we hear from new clients are that:
1. They don’t know what is in the Estate.
2. They don’t know what progress has been made with the Estate. (If any.)
3. They are concerned that personal property has been taken.
4. They are concerned that funds have been misused or gone missing.
In these situations, it is very important to have an idea of what property is in the Estate.
It is common to ask the Personal Representative for an informal inventory listing all assets of the Estate.
You also want to get an idea of what the debts of the Estate are as well.
That way, you can better understand what may be left for the family.
When looking at an inventory, it is important to see what property was in the Estate on the date of death, as well as what is in the Estate now.
That way, you can see any changes that have occurred and determine if there is anything to be concerned about.
In addition, you will want to ask the Personal Representative details about their plan for the Estate.
● What property will be sold?
● What will be kept?
● What is the plan for personal property and sentimental items?
By having these simple pieces of information, you can better understand what the Estate has and where it is headed.
If the Personal Representative refuses to provide this information, then that is cause for concern and there are legal ways to obtain the information.
Please call our office for help in those situations.
Everything discussed in this article is for general information and is not legal advice.
If you are in a situation where you’re trying to settle an Estate, I recommend you reach out to our office at (770) 920-6030 to set up a consultation with one of our estate probate lawyers.
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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