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    What are Letters Testamentary?

    What are Letters Testamentary and what do they do?

    Will you need them for your probate case?

    In this article, we will answer those questions and more.

    My name is Erik Broel & I am the founder & CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group.

    Letters Testamentary

    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.

    Letters Testamentary Are A Court Order Issued By The Probate Court.

    It is the formal document where the Probate Court officially appoints the Executor to represent the Estate.

    As a result, the Letters Testamentary give the Executor the authority to:

    • Collect Estate assets.
    • Work with creditors.
    • Take other actions on behalf of the Estate.

    Letters Testamentary

    Without that document, the Executor identified in the will has no power whatsoever.

    If you are in a situation where the deceased left a Will, then you will need to have Letters Testamentary in your case.

    Without Letters Testamentary, financial institutions and creditors will not speak with you, and you will not have the legal authority to transfer or sell Estate property. (Including selling the estate home.)

    To obtain Letters Testamentary, the deceased must have left a Will and you must file the Will along with an appropriate petition in the Probate Court.

    If the Deceased did not leave a Will, then you would use a different process and receive a different order called Letters of Administration.

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

    Related Topic:  What Does Intestate Mean?

    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 inheritance 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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    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.

    About the author

    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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