A Last Will and Testament is a document which allows you to transfer property you hold in your name at the time of your death to the person you want to have it. A Will also typically names a person or persons you select to be your Personal Representative (or “Executor”) to carry out your wishes and also names a Guardian if you have minor children. A Will only becomes effective upon your death and after it is admitted to probate.
All adults should have a will, especially if you are married, have children, or have any assets. In addition to distributing your assets to the persons you desire, a will allows you to specify the individual you would like to have custody of your minor children, and also specify your wishes for your final resting place. Having a valid will ensures that your property will be distributed without significant costs.
If you die without a will in Georgia, then state law will determine the individuals who will receive your property, and the Courts will decide the remaining issues. For example, the court will appoint a guardian for any minor children. Also, the court will appoint an administrator to distribute your property, and allow the administrator to retain a fee for his or her work.
We generally charge a flat fee of $275 for wills.
The state of Georgia recognizes the right of a competent adult person to make a written directive known as a Living Will, instructing his physician to withhold or withdraw life sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition.