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  • What to Do When a Loved One Dies (Georgia)

    Georgia Probate Proceedings "What to Do When Your Loved One Dies" William J. Self, II, Judge © 1999 Content Detail

    By:
    Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia
  • Do I Need a Will - Answers to Common Questions PDF

    This document answers common questions about wills under Georgia Law, including: 1) What is a Will? 2) What is a Codicil? 3) What is a Self-Proving Affidavit? 4) How old does one have to be in order to make a Will? Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Probating a Will

    This document answers common questions about the process of probating a will after someone has died, including: (1) If I die, will the state get all of my money? (2) If I have a will, is my estate in good order? (3) Can I prepare my own will? (4) Can I avoid Probate? This information is based on "The Probate Whys", a brochure prepared by The Hon. Lillis J. Brown, Judge of the Probate Court of Rockdale County. Content Detail

    By:
    Clarke and Rockdale County Probate Courts
  • Frequently Asked Questions About the Administration of an Estate

    This document answers common questions about administering an estate, including: (1) Who is eligible to serve as the Administrator? (2) Who decides who will be the Administrator? (3) What are the responsibilities and powers of an Administrator? Content Detail

    By:
    Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  • How to Republish (Affirm the Contents) of a Will

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    By:
    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Seniors Hotline
  • Probate of Wills

    An individual who dies, also called a decedent, and who has a will is said to have died testate. The will is usually offered for probate by the individual who is named in the will as the executor. The process of probating a will is the formal process by which the Probate Court determines a document has been proved to be the last will and testament of the decedent and officially appoints the executor or some other person to handle the distribution of the decedent's property. Even if the will is not going to be probated, anyone who is in possession of the will of an individual who has died must bring the will to the Probate Court for filing. This document discusses the other procedures for probating a will. The information on this page is based in part on a brochure prepared by the Hon. Marion Guess, Judge of the Probate Court of DeKalb County and students at the Georgia State University College of Law. Content Detail

    By:
    Clarke and Dekalb County Probate Courts
  • Wills Fact Sheet

    This document will help you understand issues relating to writing your will. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services
  • Year's Support Following Death of Spouse or Parent of Minor Children

    Despite its misleading name, a Year's Support award is a permanent award of property from a decedent's estate to the decedent's surviving spouse, surviving minor children, or both. The surviving spouse of the decedent can apply for Year's Support unless he or she has re-married after the decedent's death. This document explains more about rights to Year's Support. Content Detail

    By:
    Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  • Administration of the Estate When There Is No Will

    An individual who dies (also called a "decedent") and who has no will is said to have died "intestate". This means in most circumstances that the Probate Court will need to appoint an Administrator to handle the property that the decedent owned. This document explains the process of what happens when a person dies intestate. Content Detail

    By:
    Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  • A Snapshot of Estate Recovery in Georgia PDF

    The state of Georgia may place a lien on your real and personal property if you received Medicaid while in a nursing home or intermediate care home or mental institution. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • What to Do When a Loved One Dies

    There are a number of different proceedings which may be filed following the death of a loved one who owns property in the State of Georgia.This page briefly describes the usual, initial proceedings. Content Detail

    By:
    Probate Courts of Bibb and Clark Counties
  • Rules of Inheritance

    The following outline is a summary of the Georgia Law which determines who are "heirs at law" of a Decedent (the person whose death necessitates the administration of his or her estate). The actual statute may be found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Section 53-2-1. Content Detail

    By:
    Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  • What is Elder Abuse?

    This brochure is aimed at providing information and resources for victims of elder abuse as well as defining laws pertaining to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Read More

    By:
    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
  • The Facts About Financial Powers of Attorney

    Learn what you need to know about advance directives. Read More

    By:
    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc