Estates and Guardianships
The Georgia Probate Forms and information can be found at gaprobate.gov.
Some forms are still 2017 standard forms. Some forms have been updated to 2021 forms.
If your particular pleading utilizes a new 2021 standard from, you must file your pleadings on a 2021 form.
What is the cost for proceeding in Probate Court?
The cost varies according to the type of petition that is filed. There can be filing fees, surcharges, guardian ad litem fees, appointed attorney fees, copy fees, publication fees, service fees, etc. Please call our office to get the most accurate approximation of cost.
Do I need a lawyer?
It is recommended that you consult with an attorney if you find yourself in need of the services of the Probate Court. Most filings are completed on standard probate forms. Proceedings use the Georgia Probate Standard Forms. Although forms are used they can be difficult to understand and complete. The court cannot process your filing unless it is prepared correctly under the law. It is strongly recommended that you consult with or retain an attorney.
There are filing fees associated with all petitions and these fees are due upon filing the petition. Once the proper paperwork is filed and the fees are paid, you will be notified of a date and time to appear before the Judge to have your petition heard.
Forms for these procedures and additional information are available in the office or online.
Many matters of law are quite complex and may require special knowledge of legal principles and procedures. If you have a problem involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed in the State of Georgia. Although we cannot recommend a specific attorney, you may contact the Paulding County Bar.
Estate records can be searched and viewed.
Pamphlets & Brochures
The following pamphlets and brochures are available as a public service to the citizens of Paulding County:
- Duties of Personal Representative of Decedent’s Estates in Georgia – This pamphlet is to acquaint persons who may be called upon to serve as personal representatives of a decedent’s estate with the duties and responsibilities of such position in Georgia. Access this document online.
- Georgia Probate Procedures, What to Do When a Loved One Dies – This document is a brief description for the various proceedings that might be filed following the death of a Georgia resident or non-resident owning property in Georgia. Access this document online.
- Handbook for Guardians and Conservators of Adults in Georgia – This handbook has been designed as a helpful reference to briefly cover the general information about guardianships and conservatorships of adults.
- Handbook for Conservators for Minors in Georgia – This handbook has been designed as a helpful reference to briefly cover the general information about conservatorships of minors.
To pick up any of these forms, please feel free to come by our office:
280 Constitution Boulevard
Dallas, GA 30132
For more information, please call 770-443-7541.