Knowledge Probate Attorney Helping Lowndes County Families Navigate Probate
When it comes to writing a will or planning your estate, the probate process is one of the most important considerations. In Georgia, probate refers to the process of administering an estate after the death of you or your loved one. Depending upon how the estate was planned, whether the deceased has a will, and whether the family has disputes about the administration of the estate, the probate process can vary greatly in complexity and duration. With over 40 years of experience helping Southern Georgia clients with probate and estate planning, Spencer Law Office can help ensure that your probate process goes as smoothly as possible for your family, or, if you are currently involved in probate for a deceased loved one, that your interests are protected in the administration of their estate.
How Does Probate Work in Georgia?
The probate process in Georgia unfolds in a few distinct phases. First, the court will decide on an administrator for your estate. If you have a will, this person will be the executor named in your will. If not, the court will accept petitions from your family members to administer your estate.
Once an administrator is selected, they will begin assessing your estate’s assets, as well as any outstanding debts, taxes, or other liabilities for your estate. Once these financial obligations are taken care of, the administrator will distribute your assets in accordance with your will. If you do not have a will, the court will work with the administrator to determine an equitable distribution of your estate.
If the deceased has a will and the family is in agreement about the distribution of their estate, the probate process is generally pretty straightforward. On the other hand, if there are disputes about the estate among the family, it is referred to as a contested estate, which can substantially complicate the probate process. Having a well-planned estate and clearly-written will can go a long way to minimizing the chance of disputes at this stage. If you are currently involved in a probate dispute, a skilled family lawyer can be invaluable for protecting your interests in court.
Helping Lowndes County Families Get Closure
The probate process can seem daunting. After the loss of a loved one, the last thing most people want to do is get involved in a tedious court proceeding about their belongings. At Spencer Law Office, we have over 40 years of experience helping Lowndes County families navigate the probate process to protect their interests and achieve desirable outcomes in the estate distribution process. We’ll work diligently with compassion and understanding to make sure that your probate is as easy as possible.