What You Need To Know About Probate

If you are an executor after the death of a loved one in Georgia, you naturally need to know what to do to settle the person's estate. This may seem like a daunting task to an ordinary person who has never had this type of responsibility. Even if you have been someone's executor in the past, it is important to get legal counsel from a lawyer with abundant experience helping people just like you.

At the Law Office of Donald F. Hawbaker in Griffin, clients can count on clear explanations and practical assistance through all phases of estate administration. Mr. Hawbaker's clients tend to be adult children of elderly people who have passed away. However, as we all know, death can come at any time. Every family is unique in some aspects. Regardless of the circumstances, Mr. Hawbaker can help you stay on track while handling your loved one's estate.

What To Do First, Second And Third

First, contact a probate law attorney. The Law Office of Donald F. Hawbaker offers house calls and ongoing personalized support through the probate process. Secondly, gather and inventory all assets, including financial accounts and personal property. Then, give notice of the opening of the estate to give creditors, if there are any, a chance to submit and resolve claims.

Whether you are local or out of state, Mr. Hawbaker is well-equipped to keep your case moving forward. Specifically, he will help you as follows:

  • He will prepare and file the initial petition with the probate court for probate of the will.
  • If there is no will, he will prepare and file appropriate intestate petitions.
  • He will obtain signed consent from beneficiaries as needed.
  • When the time comes to distribute assets, he will instruct you on how to do this in accordance with Georgia laws — including how to administer assets of a trust, if applicable.

What About Estate Taxes?

Georgia does not have a state estate tax. The federal government taxes estates if they are in the range of 11 million dollars for a married couple. Therefore, very few people have estate tax concerns.

Learn What You Need To Know About Georgia Probate Law And How It Will Affect Your Case

Fulfilling the role of an executor is challenging. Probate is a complex area of the law. Working with a knowledgeable, caring lawyer can alleviate pressure substantially. More importantly, a capable attorney can help you avoid costly errors and even avoid family squabbles, will contests or any type of probate litigation.

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