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Another step to make estate administration easier on family

Even when a Georgia resident is well-known by his or her family members, understanding the thinking behind certain decisions may not be easy. Wills are designed to pass on assets, reduce taxes and achieve other wishes of the testator. However, family members often need more guidance in order to get through estate administration.

What happens to debts during estate administration and probate

Georgia residents appointed as executors in the wills of their loved ones may be under the impression that their duty is just to distribute the assets of the estate. Unfortunately, that perception is incorrect. Many other duties are required of executors during estate administration and probate, including settling the decedent's debts.

Beneficiary designations, estate administration and probate

Creating a plan for providing for loved ones after death requires making numerous decisions. One of the considerations many Georgia residents have is how to reduce the time, money and effort those left behind spend in and on estate administration and probate. One way to do that could be through beneficiary designations.

Avoiding estate administration and probate

The goal of many Georgia residents is to avoid making their families wait to receive their inheritances. Most often, this is done by creating an estate plan that bypasses estate administration and probate. Several estate-planning tools help in this endeavor.

Can a revocable trust ease estate administration and probate?

Georgia residents have many tools at their disposal when it comes to planning for taking care of their families after death. One such tool is a revocable trust. Using this type of trust could ease the estate administration and probate process.

This mistake could complicate estate administration and probate

Many Georgia residents feel relief once they execute a plan to care for loved ones after they pass away. However, the work is not always done once the documents are signed. In order to ensure that an individual's wishes will be appropriately carried out, it might be necessary to take additional steps. Otherwise, a smooth estate administration and probate could turn into a complicated mess.

Are you overwhelmed by estate administration and probate duties?

Even if you agreed to undertake the responsibility of being an executor or personal representative of the estate of a Georgia loved one who is now deceased, you might not have truly been prepared for the duties before you. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by estate administration and probate. Fortunately, help is available.

When friendly estate administration and probate go up in flames

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.

Keep estate administration and probate from getting ugly

Nearly every Georgia family has its issues. If those issues carry over into the estate administration and probate process, it could get ugly. There are ways to limit this possibility, depending on how an estate plan is structured.

Update your plan to make estate administration and probate easier

The Boy Scout motto "Be prepared" translates into many areas of a Georgia resident's life. Estate planning is one of those areas in which making advance preparations eases the burdens on family members in the event of incapacitation or death. However, if the plan is not updated when needed, it may make estate administration and probate more difficult when the time comes.

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