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 (Stephen M.) Worrall helps parents of minor children plan for the unthinkable, from a parent’s perspective. He is a wills, trusts and estate planning attorney, probate lawyer and adoption attorney with 33 years of experience in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice in all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship, and adoption.
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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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.
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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 –DivorceTownUSA.com. 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
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
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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
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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).
Additionally, we serve the communities of Marietta, Powder Springs, Mableton, Smyrna, Vinings, Kennesaw, Austell and Acworth, in Cobb County, and throughout metropolitan Atlanta and all of Georgia.