In Georgia, when a loved one dies and leaves behind property in their name or some unresolved legal or business issue you may be required to petition the Probate Court to become appointed as the legal representative of their estate. If they had created a valid will while living then you would become the executor of their estate. If they died without a will then you would become the administrator of their estate. Serving as executor or administrator requires gathering and protecting estate assets, paying valid debts, and distributing the deceased person’s property according to their wishes or the laws of the State of Georgia.
For more detailed information about Probate in Georgia please see the following blog posts: