PROBATE & ESTATE

When a loved one dies, a family member must do three general things: First, determine what assets and debts the deceased person had. Second, pay the deceased’s debts as far as possible out of the estate’s assets. Third, distribute any remaining assets to the heirs or Will beneficiaries according to the terms of the Will.

If a person has made a Will, that document says what he/she wishes done with the worldly belongings. If a person dies without a Will, then the Estate must be administered according to a plan established by the State of Georgia. If a person dies with a Will, he/she designates an Executor to carry out his/her last wishes. If a person dies without a Will, then the family must select a person (the Administrator) to administer the deceased person’s Estate. There are many decisions to be made.

We have experience in assisting our clients with the following matters:

  • Preparing a Last Will and Testament
  • Probating a Last Will and Testament: Presenting the Will to the Probate Court for Judicial Recognition
  • Administering the Estate: Inventorying the Estate, paying debts, and then distributing the assets according to the terms of the Will or the law of the State of Georgia
  • Preparing the Deeds and documents necessary to transfer the assets from the deceased to his/her beneficiaries
  • Will Contests: Sometimes a family member will contest a deceased’s Will. Generally, the person feels that he/she should have received more under the Will than the deceased left them. We have experience in Will contests in both challenging and defending Wills.

We have experience assisting people who live out of state to probate the wills and administer the estates of family members who have died in Georgia.

Pat Claiborne has over 30 years experience probating wills and administrating estates lawyer in Augusta, Georgia. He is able to guide his clients through this sometimes difficult process.

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.