It is always best to have legal assistance when dealing in Court proceedings, however, the Probate Court does not require you to hire an attorney.
The law prohibits the staff of the Probate Court from giving any legal advice or assistance, it is therefore a violation for the staff to assist anyone in preparing petitions.
The word "probate" means "to prove." A Will is not operative under the law until it has been proven by the Court to be a Will. The court process allows anyone who has standing to object and be heard.
The law changed in 1998 requiring a representative to be appointed by the Court (an Executor or Administrator). The old law allowed the heirs to pass title by quit claim deed. The new law vests the ownership in the representative.
No, the Power of Attorney loses its authority when the individual who executed the Power of Attorney dies.
No, a Will only has to be probated if there is enough property in the estate to require probating.
Yes, as required by law.
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2021 Court Closings
99 Sims Street, McDonough, GA 30253
Main Phone: 770 288 7600
TTY: 770 288 6818
Probate Fax: 770 288 7616
Vital Records Fax: 770 288 7562
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