Probate court matters can be confusing. When handled by an inexperienced lawyer, or by someone who is unfamiliar with Georgia probate laws, costly mistakes can be made. Whether contemplating an estate plan, confronting legal issues related to a loved one's incapacity or dealing with the administration of a loved one's estate, it is important to consult a knowledgeable Augusta lawyer who can guide you through the legal process efficiently and effectively.
At the Law Offices of Shawn P. Hammond and Associates, we are dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of clients and their families. When you come to us for assistance with a probate court matter, such as creating a will or handling an estate, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are working with an experienced legal team. Call 706-993-2785 or contact our Augusta, Georgia, law firm online to arrange a consultation with our Columbia County wills and estates lawyers.
Probate Court Services for Individuals and Families in Georgia
Our Augusta probate attorneys provide experienced, attentive and individualized legal services for clients throughout Richmond County, Columbia County, Burke County and surrounding areas. We offer sound legal counsel in a range of probate court matters including:
- Wills: Your last will and testament tells loved ones exactly what your final wishes are for distributing inheritance to loved ones, or excluding certain beneficiaries from your will. Your will can be as simple or complex as you wish — establishing trusts for minor children, designating subsequent charitable beneficiaries, naming guardians for minor children and other unique features.
- Adult guardianships: When a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia or other mental illness, it is difficult to watch as the disease takes over. There comes a point when it is necessary for someone else to step in and handle important medical concerns (such as making appointments, medication distribution or talking with doctors), daily care needs and other basic needs of the individual. Unless a power of attorney has already been designated, the court must approve or appoint a guardian who can handle important issues affecting the day-to-day life of the individual. Our attorneys can help you through the court process of establishing an adult guardianship.
- Estates: Before inheritance can be distributed to beneficiaries following a loved one's death, his or her estate must be properly administered in accordance with Georgia's probate laws — regardless of whether or not there was a will. In the probate and estate administration process, the will is validated, assets and debts are inventoried, creditors and beneficiaries are properly notified, final debts are paid, and final income and estate taxes are filed. It is not until the end of the estate process that assets are finally distributed to the heirs named in the will (or in accordance with Georgia intestate laws).
Contact Our Columbia County, Georgia, Wills and Estates Attorneys
If you have questions about estate planning, guardianships or other estate matters, talk with our Augusta probate court lawyers at the Law Offices of Shawn P. Hammond and Associates. Contact our Georgia law firm or call 706-993-2785.