The personal representative of an Estate plays the most important role during the Probate process. A personal representative has the sole legal ability to gather Estate assets, pay creditors, and distribute the correct assets to your legal heirs. You can nominate a personal representative in your Will, and Probate courts will usually accept this nomination and grant the necessary powers to the party of your choice.
It is essential that you choose someone who understands Probate and is prepared to take on this responsibility. A Georgia Probate administration lawyer at our firm is prepared to step in. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Nelson Elder Care Law can provide essential guidance throughout this process.
Probate administration describes the powers and responsibilities of personal representatives during Probate. In general, these people and organizations can take temporary control of a deceased loved one’s property. They then must pay all legitimate creditors and distribute the remaining assets to the Estate’s legal heirs.
Importantly, the specific steps that a personal representative must take to ensure proper administration includes:
Hiring a Georgia Probate administration attorney to serve as a personal representative can set your mind at ease concerning these matters. Our attorneys understand the Probate process as a whole and the immense role that a personal representative plays in ensuring that your heirs receive their proper inheritance.
Having a Will that nominates a personal representative in place prior to your death can have immediate benefits. Probate never begins automatically but is an essential process for ensuring the proper distribution of your assets. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 53-5-2 says that a nominated personal representative has the first opportunity to submit a formal petition to open Probate to the court. Working with one of Georgia lawyers can help to make Probate administration more efficient and less costly. Our team can assist with gathering assets and ensure your representative complies with all relevant state laws.
A personal representative plays an essential role in the proper administration of your Estate. Once they receive letters testamentary from a court, they have the sole authority to take control over assets, pay creditors, and distribute property to heirs. Having a trusted and experienced individual serving in this role is vital to ensuring that the Probate process moves forward quickly and in accordance with the law.
A Georgia Probate administration lawyer may be able to provide this service. Our team at Nelson Elder Care Law can submit a formal application for the start of Probate, take the needed steps to help your assets retain their value, and distribute those assets to the heirs named in your Will. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you.
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