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If you’re currently grieving the loss of a loved one, we want to first extend our most sincere condolences. We understand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love, especially when you’re also expected to handle the legal implications tacked onto that loss. If your family member left their affairs in disarray and it appears that Georgia’s probate process will be necessary, Fouts Law Group’s Jasper probate lawyer can help you through the process.
We know that the journey ahead of you might feel impossible, but we will do everything we can to simplify the path so you can settle your loved one’s estate and begin moving forward with your life. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
What Is Probate?
Many people are unfamiliar with the prospect of probate until they find themselves grappling with a loss in their family. Probate is a Georgia court process that transfers a decedent’s assets and other possessions to their designated beneficiaries. Even if your family member had a will, probate may still be required.
What Doesn’t Have To Go Through Probate?
In Georgia, not all assets have to pass through probate. The following are a few examples of assets that are exempt from the process:
- Assets owned jointly
- Assets for which a beneficiary was named outside of a will, like in a retirement account or life insurance policy
- Assets held in a revocable living trust
- And more
What Are The Steps Of Probate?
The first step of probate is to submit a will to the probate court. If your loved one already has a will, the probate process can be much more straightforward. If you were appointed as the estate’s executor, it means that you will be responsible for the following steps:
- Notifying the public, creditors, and beneficiaries of the decedent’s passing
- Taking inventory of assets and having them appraised
- Arranging for the management of the assets until the estate is settled.
- Settling any outstanding debts with creditors
- Filing final tax returns and paying any taxes still owed
- Distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries
- Communicating with the court
- Settling the estate
Our Jasper probate lawyer can help you further understand your responsibilities so that none of your duties are overlooked or unfulfilled.
Cons Of Probate
The probate process is known for being expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. There are hefty legal fees associated with the process, and mistakes that can be easily made that might compromise or delay the estate from being settled. The cost alone can be enough to drain your loved one’s hard-earned assets. Probate cases in Georgia can also take 6 months and longer to complete depending on the complexity of the assets and if any beneficiaries or family members attempt to challenge the will. As an executor, you also carry liability as family members who are unhappy with the decisions you make may file a lawsuit against you, adding to your already full plate.
How Our Jasper Probate Lawyer Can Help
No one wants to deal with the legal consequences of a loved one’s death. You deserve the space to mourn, heal, and move on. However, because of the liability for executors, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of a professional who can provide you with reliable legal guidance.
At Fouts Law Group, our Jasper probate lawyer has 30+ years of experience with Georgia’s estate planning and probate laws. He has the skills and knowledge necessary to settle your loved one’s estate with confidence and peace of mind. No matter how challenging your probate case might feel, he can help you reach the best possible outcome.
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If you’ve lost someone close to you and are facing uncharted legal territory, you don’t have to do it alone! Call Fouts Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and discover your legal options.
- Trusts – allow you to transfer your assets to another entity to be managed on behalf of any named beneficiaries.
- Limited liability entities – also known as LLCs, these are business structures that offer business owners limited liability protection.
- Homestead exemptions – offer homeowners protection for their primary residence from creditors and property taxes.
- Prenuptial agreements – also known as a premarital agreement, this is signed before a marriage occurs and outlines how assets, debts, and investments will be handled if divorce occurs.
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