Probate of Wills
Authored By: Clarke and Dekalb County Probate Courts
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.