Probate/Administration of Estates

The Support You Need, When You Need It

Settling the final affairs of a departed loved one can be a complex and daunting process, especially during a time of intense grief. Our Georgia probate and estate administration practice understands the difficulty of this time, which is why we stand ready to assume these burdens. You can rest assured that your estate will be administered with sensitivity and care, and if disputes do occur, we are here to represent individuals, personal representatives, and Executors should probate litigation become inevitable.

Probate of Wills

Probate consists of a broad range of legal processes that take effect after you pass away. They include:

  • Presenting your will to the local probate court
  • Managing the estate
  • Identifying the assets and debts you leave behind
  • Calculating the value of all property and liabilities
  • Distributing the contents of your estate according to the instructions in your will

Scriber Law, LLC can manage these processes in accordance with Georgia law and protect the estate if anyone attempts to challenge the validity of your will.

Estate Administration

When a person dies in Georgia without a will, their estate is distributed using a process known as ‘administration.’ We can prepare the Petition for Administration, assist with the successful distribution of the estate as required by Georgia law, and handle associated matters such as:

  • Challenges to the estate distribution
  • Heir’s rights
  • Administrator appointments
  • Administrator duties
  • Claims by creditors and other interested third parties

Year’s Support

In Georgia, surviving spouses and minor children are entitled to a process called Year’s Support, which will set aside all or a portion of the estate for their maintenance. One of the benefits of this process is that it allows the surviving spouse or minor child to receive support from the estate even if a will excludes them.

Scriber Law, LLC can help in the preparation of the Year’s Support Petition and navigating all associated processes. Other services include representing the spouse or the guardian of minor children who wish to present petitions as well as beneficiaries who want to oppose them.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Litigation

Should conflict between heirs, beneficiaries, and other interested parties emerge in a probate, estate administration, or Year’s Support matter, our firm has experience assisting clients through the process of either litigation or mediation.

We can help sort through the issues that can occur when numerous people have conflicting claims on an estate. Working with all the involved parties (or their representatives), we aim to achieve a resolution with the least amount of time spent in courtrooms or mediation hearings.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

We can represent Executors and estate Administrators in lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Alternatively, we can also bring action on behalf of heirs and beneficiaries who believe that a fiduciary has impaired the integrity of the estate. Scriber Law, LLC offers probate litigation services to both local and out-of-state clients throughout the state of Georgia.

Beneficiary and Heir Rights

When someone passes away in Georgia, their heirs and beneficiaries must be notified and receive their share in a timely manner. If you have an interest in a Georgia estate and believe that the Executor or Administrator has been derelict in their fiduciary duty, we can assist you by:

  • Demanding and validating information relating to the estate, otherwise known as “an accounting”
  • Ensuring that you get your share as soon as possible
  • Petitioning the court and having the administrator or executor removed if they have breached their fiduciary duty

Scriber Law Group, LLC can also help you contest a will or represent you if you are an Administrator or Executor being challenged by a beneficiary or heir.

For assistance with your probate and estate administration needs, call us today at 404-850-9334 or contact us here. We can help you strategically plan for the future or resolve a dispute by negotiating or litigating to achieve the fairest result possible.

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