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Georgia Probate and Estate Administration Attorneys

Coleman Legal Group, LLC

Phone: 470-947-2471

Probate Estate Administration - Georgia Lawyers | Phone: 470-947-2471

Georgia probate courts have jurisdiction in cases involving the wills of deceased individuals. They can validate wills and enforce their provisions as well as divide up a deceased individual’s assets if there is no will (also called “intestacy”). Because of their relationship with wills, probate courts also carry out conservatorships and guardianships. Somewhat uniquely, a Georgia probate court can also give out marriage and firearm licenses.

Procedures Available for Decedent’s Estates When There is a Will:

To begin the process of probating a will in Georgia, a “Petition to Probate the Will in Common Form” will need to be filed with the court. 

  • Solemn Form Probate: Requires notice to all heirs; binding upon entry of final order; objections/contentions due by certain date
  • Common Form Probate: May be done without notice to heirs but does not become binding for four (4) years after the appointment of the Executor; heirs and others may file objections during this time
  • Probate of Will in Solemn Form / Letters of Administration with Will Annexed: Executor named is unable or unwilling to serve; Administrator C.T.A. (with will annexed) must be appointed
  • Will Filed Not For Probate: If there is no property to pass under the will, probate is not necessary

When there is no Will:

If there is no will, a “Petition for Letters of Administration” will need to be filed with the court.

  • Permanent Administration: Requires notice to all heirs; surviving spouse or sole heir entitled to serve as Administrator, otherwise (or if disqualified), person selected by a majority of heirs is entitled to serve. Administrator posts bond and files all inventory, unless ALL heirs consent to waiver of those documents.
  • Temporary Administration: Notice to heirs not required but they may select administrator. No expenditures or disbursements made without court order.
  • No Administration Necessary: If all debts have been paid, there is no need for formal administration and all heirs have agreed on division, the proceeding may be filed.

Georgia Probate Glossary

  • Administrator: Person who administers estate when there is no Will.
  • Administrator with Will Annexed: If the Will fails to name an Executor or the named Executor cannot or will not serve, then this is the person who will administer the estate.
  • Decedent: The deceased.
  • Executor: The person who administers the estate when there is a Will.
  • Heirs: Those persons who would inherit the estate of the decedent if there was no Will by the rules of descent and distribution. An heir is not always a beneficiary, although that can be the case.
  • Intestate: With no Will.
  • Letters of Testamentary / Administration: Official documents issued by the probate court evidencing authority of Executor / Administration.
  • Personal Representative: Can refer to an administrator, executor, guardian or trustee but not to a temporary administrator.
  • Probate: Legal process of administering a decedent’s estate.
  • Probate Court: The court having jurisdiction over proceedings to administer the estate of the decedent.
  • Testator: A person who has made a Will.
  • Will: A document, signed with the formalities required by Georgia law, by which a person makes disposition of his property, to take effect after his death.

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Probate, Wills, Estate Planning and Administration – Georgia Areas We Serve

Our Georgia Estate Planning attorneys handle cases in the following cities and communities: Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Duluth, Johns Creek, Milton, Cumming, Suwanee, Marietta, Woodstock, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, Gainesville, Midtown Atlanta, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Duluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Vinings, Smyrna, Buford, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Decatur, Grant Park, East Atlanta, and the Virginia Highlands.

Our Georgia Estate Planning attorneys frequently handle cases for clients residing in the following counties: Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, DeKalb, Henry, Cherokee, Douglas, Carroll, Coweta, Paulding, Bartow, Hall, Barrow, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Spalding, Fayette, and Clayton.

Our main office is located in Alpharetta Georgia at: 11539 Park Woods Circle, Suite 304, Alpharetta, GA 30005.  We also have offices conveniently located at:

Alpharetta Georgia
Park Woods Commons
11539 Park Woods Circle
Suite 304
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Atlanta Georgia
Colony Square
1201 Peachtree Street, 400
Colony Square, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30361
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Dunwoody, Sandy Springs
GA 400, Atlanta Georgia
1200 Abernathy Rd
Building 600
Atlanta, GA 30328
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Cumming Georgia
The Avenue Forsyth
410 Peachtree Parkway
Building 400, Suite 4245
Cumming, GA 30041
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Johns Creek, Duluth GA
11555 Medlock Bridge Road
Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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Duluth Georgia
2180 Satellite Boulevard
Suite 400
Duluth, GA 30097
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Kennesaw Georgia
TownPark Center
125 TownPark Drive
Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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1755 North Brown Road
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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Updated: 2022-08-23