As an experienced Atlanta Probate Lawyer, I have repeatedly seen first-hand the frustration a beneficiary or heir can experience if the executor or administrator of a Georgia Probate Estate refuses or is unwilling to provide the beneficiaries or heirs with answers concerning the status of the estate. I also understand the difficulties a non-responsive, uncaring, or vindictive executor or administrator can cause by imposing their “perceived” powers upon the beneficiaries or heirs of an estate. Fortunately, for the beneficiary or heir subject this unjust behavior, these executors or administrators must carry out their fiduciary duties imposed pursuant to TITLE 53 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated entitled “WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES”.
Moreover, the Georgia executor or estate administrator has to move the Georgia estate administration process along expeditiously and in the best interests of all persons who are interested in the estate and with due regard for their respective rights. This implies a “reasonable” amount of time in which matters are to move forward.
Nevertheless, regardless of the high standards and accountability to which a fiduciary is held, if you do not seek legal counsel to address these matters and compel answers, the Georgia Probate Courts will not likely hold accountable these Georgia Estate Fiduciaries. As a beneficiary or heir, it is up to you to seek relief by asserting your entitlement to answers and compelling answers due under Georgia Probate law and using the powers of the Georgia Probate Courts to obtain answers. The fact remains, even if you have signed documents giving the executor or administrator broad powers and waivers under Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration issued by the Georgia Probate Court, you can still request and receive answers from the executor or administrator of the estate. However, matters have become much more complex and it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced Atlanta Probate Lawyer or Atlanta Estate Litigation Law Firm.
This is especially true if you are concerned about the financial management of an estate to which you are an heir or beneficiary, your patience has been reasonable and the Georgia Probate matter has dragged on for too long. In this instance, a petition for inventory and accounting should be demanded and compelled through the representation of an experienced Atlanta Probate Lawyer. As an Atlanta estate litigation lawyer, I prefer to step in as soon as I can on behalf of my clients to stop breaches of fiduciary duty and other problems before they can do significant damage to the estate assets or the executor or administrator has altogether squandered assets that should have otherwise been inherited by the beneficiaries or heirs. In fact, I have seen many instances where the executors or administrators are stealing outright from the estate in an open and obvious manner.
If you have concerns that the executor or administrator you are involved with is incapable, incompetent, dishonest, corrupt, subject to unfair pressure from other beneficiaries or heirs, or engaging in self-dealing or furthering their own interests and financial gain to the detriment of yours, there is an answer to your problems — The Libby Law Firm, LLC represents heirs, beneficiaries, estates, and personal representatives in all stages of probate cases. Our Firm has extensive experience in Georgia Probate Disputes and Litigation matters. Please feel free to call our Firm at (404) 467-8611 , to discuss your options. You can also send us a message through our confidential Web Site form. The Libby Law Firm is conveniently located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, GA near the intersection of Piedmont and Roswell Roads.
The Libby Law Firm represents clients throughout the Atlanta, Georgia area including the following Georgia County Probate Courts: DeKalb County Probate Court, located in Decatur, Georgia; Fulton County Probate Court, located in Atlanta, Georgia; Cobb County Probate Court, located in Marietta, Georgia; Gwinnett County Probate Court, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia; Fayette County Probate Court, located in Fayetteville, Georgia. We also represent numerous clients in all other cities located in these Georgia Counties and subject to the jurisdiction of these Georgia County Probate Courts.