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Avoiding the chances of probate litigation with a revocable trust

One goal of many Georgia residents when it comes to estate planning is to limit or eliminate the chances of fighting among surviving family members after they pass away. In many cases, a last will and testament will only get them part of the way to that goal. A revocable living trust could increase the chances of avoiding probate litigation.

Being charitable can lead to probate litigation by upset heirs

Many Georgia residents give to charities, non-profits and other organizations whose work they believe in during their lives. Estate planning also allows them to be just as charitable after death. However, some heirs and beneficiaries might not be happy with or understand those choices, which could lead to probate litigation.

Probate litigation often results when people procrastinate

Sources estimate that approximately 50 percent of Americans, including many here in Georgia, die without a will. Few people are comfortable contemplating their own deaths and, as such, fail to create an estate plan in time or fail to update an old one. This lack of planning could result in probate litigation as surviving family members argue over the estate left behind, creditors come calling and tax issues arise.

Common reasons why probate litigation is filed

Even the most carefully crafted estate plan can be challenged after the death of a loved one. Heirs and beneficiaries can say that they understand the decisions a Georgia resident makes when crafting an estate plan, but after that person's death, they might feel differently. When disputes arise regarding the will, probate litigation might be filed in order contest it.

Probate litigation can cause problems for family members

When a person in Georgia dies, there is a legal process that follows in which that person's property is transferred. Known as probate, the laws and customs pertaining to the process may have changed slightly over time, but the basic purpose has nonetheless remained very much the same. People formalize their intentions for the transfer of their property's when they die in a will. The property is then collected, debts -- if any -- are paid from the estate, and, finally, the property is then distributed. Probate litigation occurs when a part of this process is contested.

Probate litigation in Georgia may affect estates in other states

It is not uncommon for people to maintain multiple residences in various states. When it comes to estate planning, what one does in Georgia may technically affect what happens in another state, especially with regard to probate litigation. Those who typically move to warmer climates during winter months will want to gain clear understanding of probate laws in both states where they reside in order to prevent potentially stressful situations for family members further down the line.

Probate litigation over Prince's estate could last a long time

By now, nearly everyone in Georgia is aware that singer and songwriter Prince died without a will. This is causing a large number of people to come forward either claiming to be related to him or claiming that he promised or owes them money. The probate litigation surrounding his estate could last for a considerable amount of time.

Is estate administration and planning worth it?

One of the most crucial steps that any Georgia resident can take in planning for his or her financial health is that of estate planning. Estate administration and planning ensures that the individual's final wishes for health care and property are honored. It also ensures that loved ones will be adequately provided for in the individual's absence.

Resolving family squabbles through probate litigation

Some families in Georgia may find it difficult to resolve disputes regarding contested wills of deceased loved ones. When a portion or all aspects of a Last Will and Testament are contested, what follows is often an emotionally-charged battle between two or more persons. In many situations, those involved turn to the court through probate litigation, seeking resolutions to problems they have been unable to solve on their own.

Obtaining legal help to understand probate litigation

Many times, certain provisions, or all, of a last will and testament may be contested by one or more parties. In such cases, the matter may be resolved through probate litigation. There are various grounds on which a will in Georgia can be contested. It is important to seek clarification on the laws and regulations that govern such matters before proceeding to court.

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