There has been a great influx of foreign-born persons into the United States in recent decades, including into Georgia. That population increase has raised legal issues regarding the validity of wills executed by those persons in their country of origin and presented for probate here in the United States. The law of estate administration & probate here and in other jurisdictions accepts those wills as effective for probate unless they contain a fatal defect under the state's laws.
In recognition of the fact that the failure to have a comprehensive estate plan in place can create unnecessary headaches for their heirs, many people will take the time to execute such essential documents as a simple will, an advance directive for healthcare and a power of attorney.
Last time, our blog started discussing how those who are appointed to serve as the personal representative of an estate often experience significant unease, and how much of this can be traced to the simple fact that they know relatively little about what this entails and don't want to disappoint the friends and family of the deceased.