First of all, condolences to you and yours. We know this is a challenging time.

The last thing you want during this time is to be back and forth with an attorney, but we can simplify the process for you.

A probate attorney at Edwards Family Law will pay attention to your family’s unique demands and develop a strategy to safeguard your interests. Many legal solutions are available to help, whether your family is dealing with grief, handling the affairs of a loved one, or planning for the future.

A deceased person’s will is validated and managed through the legal process of probate, subject to any legitimate debts and taxes due at the time of death. The property is distributed following the will’s stipulations. In cases when a person passes away without leaving a will, probate may also involve identifying the heirs per the laws of intestate succession.

You Might Not Have as Much Time as You Think

Only 11.6% of Atlanta’s population is age 65 and over. This is a relatively low number of people in this age group. You should not delay making a plan under the mistaken belief that you have time.

The median home price in Atlanta, Georgia, increased to $314,400 in 2020 from $290,400 the year before. The typical household makes $64,179 per year. A good Atlanta probate lawyer will advise you on the best way to maximize your asset portfolio so you can give your children a sizable estate. Ask us for financial planning recommendations in your area.

The Probate Process is Serious Business

The probate procedure is referred to as “uncontested” when the beneficiaries have no issues with the will. If no one can agree, you will be dealing with a “contested” probate estate. One is far more stressful and time-consuming than the other, but you should retain an Atlanta probate lawyer knowledgeable about probate and estate administration for either of them.

Georgia probate law involves more than just giving out assets per what is written in a will. Depending on whether a will was present, the deceased’s assets and property must be gathered, creditors must be compensated, and any remaining funds must be distributed to the deceased’s heirs or beneficiaries.

The personal representative must return to court a second time to close the estate and be formally released from the fiduciary obligations connected with the position after all creditors have been paid, all of the deceased person’s assets have been transferred, and all necessary reports have been filed with the court.

Don’t Worry — We Understand The Atlanta Probate Process

Our probate lawyers help clients smoothly and quickly navigate the probate courts, whether a loved one passes away either testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will). The probate court might seem intimidating if you are unfamiliar with their workings and processes.

At every stage of the probate procedure, each petitioner must carefully abide by some heavy regulations, which include drafting and filing legal documents, publishing petitions, submitting bonds, serving notices, and publishing petitions. This can be overwhelming with even the smallest estate.

Edwards Family Law is a skilled, seasoned, and aggressive trial firm with specialized knowledge to fight probate litigation when the parties cannot settle. Our law firm knows that litigation involving family matters, wills, and estates may get heated and emotional.

An Atlanta Probate Lawyer Who Knows How to Avoid Probate 

Sometimes, instead of going over the mountain, you should go around it.

It might take a while and be expensive to go through probate. Establishing a living trust is the best thing to include in your estate plan to ensure a sense of security while safeguarding your loved ones. This way, you can avoid probate altogether!

A living trust enables you to change the ownership of your property, and the trustee of your choosing will be in charge of managing the trust’s assets and the transfer of your property. In the procedure, the court is not involved. Directly to your beneficiaries, the trustee will distribute the funds in your trust and your property. The heirs you have named will get your property and assets. There are ways to minimize your headache. Ask the Atlanta probate attorneys at Edwards Family Law about how to avoid probate.

A Respected Atlanta Probate Lawyer

In estate cases, we aim to represent clients with skill and responsiveness. By doing so, we relieve you of the weight. The team here at Edwards Family Law knows the Court process. We guide you through the confusing estate administration process by explaining the complicated parts of probate we come across along the road. Be sure to schedule a consultation with us to get started.

We also offer legal services in these other practice areas:

Our Locations

Lawrenceville Office
234 Luckie St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: (770) 854-0777
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Buckhead Office
3476 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (770) 854-0777

We serve clients throughout Georgia for estate planning cases:

  • Fulton County, including:
    • Alpharetta
    • Atlanta
    • Johns Creek
    • Milton
    • Roswell
    • Sandy Springs
  • Gwinnett County, including:
    • Dacula
    • Duluth
    • Lawrenceville
    • Norcross
    • Sugar Hill
    • Snellville
    • Suwanee
  • Cobb County, including:
    •  Austell
    • Kennesaw
    • Mableton
    • Marietta
  • DeKalb County, including:
    • Clarkston
    • Decatur
    • Dunwoody
    • Ellenwood
    • Lithonia
    • Stone Mountain
    • Tucker


cutting through confusion and providing clarity

Do I need a Family Lawyer?

Each case is different, but we can share what clients typically struggle with when they make their initial calls to us:

  • My Spouse Wants a Divorce
  • My Marriage Has Fallen Apart And Cannot Be Fixed
  • I Am Expecting a Child Out Of Wedlock
  • I Have Fallen Behind on Child Support Due to Unemployment or salary reduction
  • My Circumstances Have Changed Drastically And Think A Change Of Custody Is Warranted
  • My Ex Announced They Want to Move Away and Take Our Child

How much will my Divorce or Child Custody matter cost me?

The financial aspect of family law matters can be terrifying because it has been historically known as a black hole of billing with retainers and hourly charges for things like emails and texts. Peel back further uncertainty by Estimating Your Legal Fees.

Flat Fees - No Funny Stuff

While other firms might tell you “there is no way to predict the total cost of a divorce,” we can tell you with certainty that those smoke and mirrors will not be a part of your care at Edwards Family Law. We provide value with a high degree of peace of mind through conscientious costs for our care. Learn more about our Flat Fee Family Law and Estate Planning Services.

Fearful of being bogged down in legal fees?

Heard the horror stories about being sucked in with low retainers only to be hit with hidden incremental hourly changes?

We Have The Right Solutions For The Next Chapter of Your Life


At Edwards Family Law, we understand that your life, family, livelihood and legacy are important to you. They are important to us as well. We are committed to doing everything possible to make sure your identity is respected and that your dignity is preserved at all times throughout the process.

The law prohibits us from guaranteeing the outcome of your case. But, it does not prohibit us from guaranteeing the service you receive. We promise to provide you with the very best in customer service and client relations. We have codified our commitment in our Ten Commandments. If, at any time during your case, we fail to deliver on any of our Ten Commandments, please let us know. We will apologize for our mistake and do what is necessary to fix the problem.

What You Can Expect From Your Experience With Edwards Family Law

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    What You Can Expect From Your Experience With Edwards Family Law
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    Clients are not an interruption of our work. They are the purpose of it.
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    Clients will not be charged for calls to their attorney. Each client shall receive aggressive representation combined with incomparable guidance and counsel.
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    Our clients will receive the most courteous and attentive treatment we can give them.
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    Each client will have their telephone call returned within one business day.
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    All of our attorneys shall practice exclusively family law and domestic relations.
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    Our clients are not just a name on a file. We will present each client with an honest assessment of all options that can provide them the best chance of success.
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    Our firm will attend all conferences and Continuing Learning Education Seminars that relate to the practice of Family Law, to ensure that we have access to the most current case law that can affect the lives of you and your family.
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    Our firm will employ the latest technology for use in your case, to include a secure server where the client’s entire paper file is scanned and posted to the server for immediate retrieval by the client.
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    Clients are people who bring us their wants. It is our job to meet those wants.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does probate take in Atlanta?

Depending on the complexity of the estate’s circumstances, the Georgia probate process might take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to several years.

What does an executor's job entail?

This job consists of gathering and managing the estate’s assets, filing the required tax returns, paying off and resolving any claims that creditors or other parties may have against the estate, and then transferring the estate’s leftover assets to the designated recipients listed in the will.

On what grounds can I contest a will?

The most frequent disputes about a will’s validity center on allegations of undue influence, incapacity, fraud, incorrect execution, or the existence of a later-executed will.


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