Guidance On All Aspects Of Georgia Estate Administration
After someone passes away, their property must be handled in accordance with their wishes – if they had an estate plan – or in accordance with Georgia law. The estate administration process can be challenging, however. I can help you navigate it.
I’m Jen, the founder and solo attorney at Jen Haskins Law, LLC. For more than a decade, I have devoted my practice to handling all aspects of estate law. I’m passionate about helping people through the many legal considerations that go along with life’s major transitions, including the loss of a loved one. I would be honored to guide you through the estate administration process.
Understanding Estate Administration
Estate administration refers to the process of handling someone’s affairs after they have passed on. It might include probate, trust administration or both.
If the person who passed on had an estate plan, that plan would likely designate an executor to manage their estate. If they had a trust, that document would designate a trustee. Understanding the responsibilities of an administrator of an estate – whether a trustee or executor – is essential.
The Probate Process
Probate is the court-supervised process for administering an estate. It involves:
- Filing a will (if applicable) and inventory of assets
- Collecting assets
- Notifying creditors and satisfying debts
- Distributing assets in accordance with the will (if there is one)
Sometimes, disputes arise during probate, which leads to contested proceedings.
Should I Avoid Probate?
Probate has a bad reputation as being a lengthy, cumbersome and costly court process. It certainly can be that way. In Georgia, however, the process is generally simpler and faster than in other states (such as Florida). Depending on your goals, it might not make sense to avoid probate. I can help you weigh your options and put a strategic estate plan into place.
Guidance You Can Rely On
You deserve skilled, knowledgeable guidance on all aspects of the estate administration process. When you work with me, you will benefit from my many years of experience as an estate lawyer.