Frequently Asked Questions for Wills/Trusts/Estate Planning/Special Needs Trusts/Probate Consultation and Representation

  1. Wills Consumer Pamphlet
  2. Special Needs Alliance
  3. Lekotek of Georgia
  4. The American College of Financial Services Chartered Special Needs Consultant
  5. Wills and Estates - Know Your Rights
  6. Do I Need a Will - Answers to Common Questions
    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?
    By: Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services
  7. 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.
    By: Clarke and Rockdale County Probate Courts
  8. 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?
    By: Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  9. How to Republish (Affirm the Contents) of a Will
    By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Seniors Hotline
  10. 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.
    By: Clarke and Dekalb County Probate Courts
  11. Wills Fact Sheet
    This document will help you understand issues relating to writing your will.
    By: Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services
  12. 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.
    By: Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  13. 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.
    By: Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  14. A Snapshot of Estate Recovery in Georgia
    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.
    By: Georgia Legal Services Program®
  15. Heir Property in Georgia
    This resource answers questions on heir property. Heir property is property that is passed down after a family member dies without a will. If you own real property, you should have a will. This resource describes heir property and offers solutions to dealing with the problems created when property is passed without a will.Content Detail
    By: Georgia Appleseed
  16. 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.
    By: Probate Courts of Bibb and Clark Counties
  17. 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.
    By: Athens-Clarke County Probate Court
  18. 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.
    By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
  19. The Facts About Financial Powers of Attorney
    Learn what you need to know about advance directives.
    By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc