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Probate of Wills & Estate Administration

What to do when a loved one dies, either with a will or without a will

Guardianships and Conservatorships of Minor Children

Protecting children when a parent dies or is incapacitated

Guardianships and Conservatorships of Incapacitated Adults

Protecting disabled or elderly adults and their property

Will Contests and Estate Litigation

Disputes over the authenticity of a will or the capacity of the signer

Probate & Estate Administration

“Probate is a lawsuit you file against yourself, for the benefit of your creditors, using your own money after you die.”

In Georgia, probate is  the legal process that occurs after a person dies.  It generally involves going to court to decide on:

  • Whether there is a valid will;
  • Appointing the person who will gather any assets (Executor if there is a will, Administrator if there is no will);
  • Paying any debts the decedent may owe to creditors; and
  • Distributing any assets that are left over.

There are several different proceedings which can be filed in the Probate Court following the death of a Georgia resident or a non-resident owning property in the State of Georgia. These include probate in common form, probate in solemn form, administration and year’s support. The proceedings are filed in the Probate Court of the county of the decedent’s residence in Georgia or in the county where property of a non-resident decedent is located.

Guardianships and Conservatorships of Children & Adults

A legal guardian or conservator is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal (guardian) and property (conservator) interests of another person, called a ward. Guardians are typically used in three situations: guardianship for an incapacitated senior (due to old age or infirmity), guardianship for a minor child, and guardianship for developmentally disabled adults.

Guardians made decisions concerning the person of the Ward, and Conservators manage and make decisions concerning the income and property of the Ward. Conservators must be bonded for the value of all income and personal property of the Ward, and Guardians may be required to post bond. Guardians an incapacitated adult must file annual reports on the physical/mental status of the ward. Conservators must file an inventory of assets, an asset management plan and annual financial accountings, all of which are subject to review or audit by the staff of the probate court. The appointment, supervision, removal and discharge of guardians, conservators and their sureties are within the exclusive, original jurisdiction of the probate courts.

Will Contests and Probate Litigation

A will contest is a formal objection raised against the validity of a will, based on the contention that the will does not reflect the actual intent of the testator (the person who made the will) or that the will is otherwise invalid. Will contests generally focus on the assertion that the testator lacked testamentary capacity or was subject to undue influence or fraud. A will may be challenged in its entirety, or only in part.

We also handle a broad range of other probate litigation:

  • Claims presented by creditors of the estate
  • Issues with estate-planning documents
  • Issues with heirs or succession due to out-of-date wills and estate plans
  • Disputes regarding the administration of the probate process
  • Disagreements about administration of a trust
  • Probate process mismanagement concerns
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Misuse of estate funds by an administrator, conservator or agent under a power of attorney

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Steve Worrall

Steve Worrall

Family Lawyer

Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall helps parents of minor children plan for the unthinkable, from a parent’s perspective. He is the senior estate planning, probate and adoption attorney at The Manely Firm, P.C., with offices in Marietta, Atlanta, Canton, Lawrenceville, Gainesville and Savannah. He is an experienced  wills, trusts and estate planning attorney, probate lawyer and adoption attorney in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice in all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship, and adoption and  other areas of family law, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and collaborative divorce law.

The Manley Firm, P.C.

The Manley Firm, P.C.

All family law, All around Georgia, All around the world℠

Georgia and International Divorce and Family Law Attorneys | Offices in Atlanta, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Canton, Gainesville and Savannah.

For over twenty-five years, Michael and our team of highly skilled family law attorneys have helped our clients navigate the often complicated local and international legal processes involved in a wide range of family law issues.  We offer valuable insight and analysis based upon our extensive family law experience with the local courts.

Karen Worrall

Karen Worrall

Estate Planning and Probate Client Services Director

Karen Worrall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Dayton and Cincinnati. She was trained as an actress and toured professionally for several years after graduating from Miami University. She also taught drama in Cobb County for over 20 years. She met her husband, Steve Worrall, in a community theater production and is now assisting him as his Estate Planning Client Services Director.

Karen and Steve adopted their daughter from China and she formerly worked for Chinese Children Adoption International in their Atlanta office. She shares Steve’s passion for helping clients build their families through adoption and in helping our client families protect the people they love the most through proper estate planning.

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A Model for All Lawyers

I was a little apprehensive about having to visit a lawyer for advice on my will; I never knew a lawyer I could say anything good about. I was pleasantly surprised when I met Steve. He’s actually a very nice person first and a great attorney second. Yes, niceness was most important to me. A good attorney with a rotten personality is still a rotten person. I’m very lucky to have found Steve. He met my needs in a very professional manner, he is an expert in estate law, and he was able to communicate to me in regular English, not legalese.
If you’re looking for a great estate attorney, you must visit with Steve. You’ll leave looking forward to working with him and feeling very good about your decision.

Lyn R.

A client

If you are in need of Estate Planning or Divorce legal services, Steve Worrall is terrific!

I know Steve on a personal basis having used his services to handle my family’s estate planning needs. I am also honored to know him on a professional basis having worked with him on divorcing clients cases and as a standout member of our online community – He is a man of integrity, knows his areas of expertise inside and out, and shows absolute concern for his clients needs. I would highly recommend his services.

Lisa Decker

CDFA, Divorce Money Matters

Expansive Knowledge on Guardianship and Family Law Matters

Steve is my “go-to” referral for potential clients I am unable to assist personally. His expansive knowledge on Guardianship and Family Law matters is impressive, and his high level of integrity and personal attention to his clients always leaves me confident that any potential client I send his way is in good hands. Furthermore, his blogs offer such a wealth of information, which not only benefit his clients, but his peers as well; I think many of us have found hidden gems to help our practices in Steve’s blogs!

Schuyler Hoynes

Military Law Attorney in Marietta, GA

Dedicated, caring and likeable!

Steve Worrall is a dedicated, caring and a likeable lawyer who has a great staff, attention to detail, systems and other strategies to provide the very best service possible to his clients. Steve takes a “whole-family” approach to caring for his clients–through his expertise, follow-through and diligence, Steve designs estate plans that will work for the long term–I highly recommend Attorney Steve Worrall.

Jean Gillis

Real Estate Attorney

Our Offices

Marietta Office

211 Roswell St NE
Marietta GA 30060

Atlanta Office

121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Suite 430
Atlanta, GA 30303

Savannah Office

36 W. Broughton Street Suite 300
Savannah, GA 31401

Canton Office

250 East Main Street, Suite 102S
Canton, GA 30114

Lawrenceville Office

413 Constitution Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Gainesville Office

117½ Bradford Street South
Gainesville, GA 30501

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Steve Worrall provides legal services in wills, trusts and estate planning, probate, asset protection, elder law, estate administration, trust administration, guardianships of minor children, guardianships of incapacitated adults, conservatorships of minor children, conservatorships of incapacitated adults, will contests, and adoption (private adoption, agency adoption, relative adoption, stepparent adoption, and domestication of foreign adoptions). He serves clients for The Manely Firm, P.C., all over the State of Georgia.

We have offices in Marietta, Atlanta, Canton, Lawrenceville, Gainesville, and Savannah.

Additionally, we serve the communities of Douglasville, Dallas, Lithia Springs, Hiram, Powder Springs, Mableton, Smyrna, Vinings, Kennesaw, Acworth, Cartersville, Woodstock, Holly Springs, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, Cumming, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Norcross, Duluth, Johns Creek, Suwanee, Buford, Flowery Branch, Braselton, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Lilburn, Snelville, Loganville, Dacula, Athens, Auburn, Winder, Loganville, Monroe, Panthersville, Redan, Lithonia, Conyers, Covington, Conly, Rex, Stockbridge, McDonough, East Point, Hapeville, Forest Park, Morrow, Riverdale, Jonesboro, Irondale, Fayetteville, Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Tyrone, Tybee Island, Garden City, Pooler, Georgetown, Southside, Richmond Hill, Fort Stewart, Hinesville, Darien, Dock Junction, St. Simons and Brunswick in Cobb County, Douglas County, Paulding County, Bartow County, Cherokee County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Gwinnett County, DeKalb County, Barrow County, Walton County, Rockdale County, Henry County, Clayton County, Fayette County, Coweta County, Athens-Clarke County, Chatham County, Effingham County, Bryan County, Liberty County, Mcintosh County and Glynn County.