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If you’ve recently lost a loved one and are concerned about the order of their affairs and what your next steps are, we want to first extend our deepest condolences. We know how devastating the death of a family member can be. Not to mention how overwhelming trying to navigate the legal and financial implications that follow is, especially if they didn’t have an estate plan. Without an estate plan, it is likely the decedent’s assets will have to go through Georgia’s probate process in order for their assets to be distributed to the proper heirs and beneficiaries. Even with a will, probate is often still necessary.
Though probate is a common practice in Georgia, many people have never even heard of it until they find themselves having to go through it. We know that grieving someone you love is hard to do when there are complex legal issues involved that have to be taken care of in a timely manner. Our compassionate and experienced Canton probate lawyer can simplify the path forward and take some of this burden off of your shoulders. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn what your legal options are.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the process of proving that a deceased person’s will is valid. It’s also necessary in the absence of a will so that the court can determine who will inherit the decedent’s assets and property. Without probate, assets may not end up in the correct hands. Unfortunately, it can be an expensive, time-consuming, stressful process that involves extensive paperwork and a strong understanding of Georgia’s estate planning laws. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a seasoned Canton probate lawyer who’s familiar with probate law and can guide you through it seamlessly. We strive to tread the intricacies of probate law efficiently, so that we can alleviate any unnecessary responsibility on you during an already difficult time.
How Can A Canton Probate Lawyer Assist Me In The Probate Process?
If you’ve been named an executor of your loved one’s estate, we can help you understand your duties required by law, and assist you in ensuring you check each required box throughout the process. We may even be able to take certain tasks off of your plate completely. Your duties as an executor may include:
- Locating and submitting the will, as well as the probate petition, to the appropriate court
- Providing notice to interested parties like creditors and beneficiaries
- Taking inventory of assets and having them appraised
- Maintaining assets until probate is resolved
- Filing final tax returns
- Paying outstanding taxes
- Settling any outstanding debts or owed credits
- Making decisions regarding the guardianship of minor children
- Paying court fees
- And more.
Because we know how sensitive matters such as these are, we understand that trying to work through the probate process and paperwork alone can feel impossible. That’s why we work diligently to give your case the attention and care that it deserves so you’re able to focus on mourning your loved one and moving forward with your life. With skilled legal assistance on your side, we can also help you avoid costly mistakes that could result in personal liability.
Why Work With Fouts Law Group?
At Fouts Law Group our lead attorney, Jeff Fouts has nearly three decades of experience helping families through estate planning and probate processes. He is passionate about assisting grieving families during challenging times so that they can mourn the loss of their family member and move forward with confidence. If you’ve lost a loved one and are concerned about their affairs, call Fouts Law Group today for a free consultation and learn where to go from here.
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