Probate is the process through which a person’s estate is administered after they pass away. In Georgia, an estate will have to go through probate in cases where there is a will or no valid will exists. Because the process of probate can be expensive and time-consuming, much of what a probate attorney does is help people transfer their assets to individual beneficiaries while avoiding probate entirely. We are qualified to work with individuals at any stage in life and in various financial situations.
There are many estate-planning options available, and two of the most commonly used are wills and trusts. A will is a legal document that directs the way that your assets will be distributed when you pass away. A trust, on the other hand, can help transfer assets directly to beneficiaries without the involvement of a court.
At some point, you may need the appointment of a guardian and a conservator to oversee your estate.It is important to understand the nuanceddifferences with each role. A guardian will be responsible for making personal decisions for the living ward, while a conservator will take over the financial matters.
One of the most significant decisions you will need to make is to appoint an executor of your estate. The individual who is tasked with administering the estate will be responsible for a variety of duties. These range from paying taxes and settling debts on the estate to distributing the remaining assets. An attorney can help you choose the right executor, avoiding conflicts in the future.
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A comprehensive estate plan can help ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Having a legal plan in place allows for clear direction for those managing your assets and can reduce the potential for confusion within your family. An experienced estate-planning lawyer in Georgia can help you work through the process of setting up probate and exploring the options that make the most sense for your specific situation. At Winfield Elder Law, we provide individuals and families the support, guidance, and care required to establish an estate plan that meets your needs