When a Georgia resident dies, the potential for conflict over the assets left behind remains regardless of how well he or she planned. Any chance of friendly estate administration and probate goes up in flames when surviving family members argue and initiate litigation over the estate. This happened to one family in which the decedent owned a tobacco farm prior to death.
The litigation over the estate has gone on for around seven years. At the center of the litigation is a tobacco farm that provides tobacco for cigars. The farm brings in approximately $2 million per year. When the decedent executed his will in 2004, he reportedly had $5 million in assets with only $100 in debt. A recent filing in court regarding the estate's inventory now lists assets in the amount of $2.8 million dollars and debt of approximately $7 million.