When Do I Have to Probate?

September 16, 2015

last-will-and-testatment-iStock_000001424212SmallClients have many misconceptions when it comes to Probate. This article will help clarify the more common uncertainties.  First off, having a Will does not avoid probate – it is merely a roadmap in which to navigate Probate.

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When Should Revocable Trusts Avoid Probate?

June 5, 2015

magnifying-glass-on-moneyAlthough there are many good reasons for their implementation, Revocable Trusts are too often promoted for the wrong ones.   Revocable Trusts are commonly referred to as Living Trusts or Revocable Living Trusts (hereinafter referred to as “RLT”) and are promoted as a way to avoid the costly, time-consuming, public spectacle of PROBATE.

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Probate vs Operation of Law

February 24, 2015

Estate Planning is much more than just signing your Last Will & Testament.  Many clients believe that a Will supersedes all other contracts and designations.  In reality, the outcome is completely the opposite.  A Will only controls “probated assets.”  What exactly is a probate?  In practice, the probate consists of assets not otherwise distributed or handled at your death.  Essentially, they are the assets remaining in your name that do not have joint ownership or designations; a bank account that was in solely your name would be “probated” and passed down according to your Will.  The following are examples of assets that pass outside of probate and are thus not controlled by your Will.

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Unclaimed Property

November 14, 2011

Executors should always check for unclaimed property as part of the administration of estates. Georgia has an unclaimed property section of the Department of Revenue. The following address directs you to the search screen. If the estate is outside of Georgia, use Missing Money Website to search.

Georgia Department of Revenue Search Screen

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