Probate procedures in Georgia in a simple family situation can be very easily accomplished without undue expense. However, if you have assets out of state, ancillary probate in another state can be expensive. Also, in the event there is an heir who might be difficult, there are planning options available to reduce the problems associated with a difficult family member. Depending on the situation, common form probate may at least start the process with solemn form probate being the goal. A Petition for Year’s Support could be an option depending on real estate taxes and creditor issues.
Planning with a will is always the best and least expensive process; however, in the event there is no will, the process is still not difficult with the proper legal advice.
Once a will is probated, it is open to public review. If privacy is a issue, there are options to avoid probate through proper planning.