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Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form And For Lettters Of Administration {GPCSF 7}

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PETITION TO PROBATE WILL IN SOLEMN FORM AND FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION WITH WILL ANNEXED INSTRUCTIONS I. Specific Instructions 1. This form is to be used when filing a combined Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-5-20 et seq., and for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-6-13 et seq. 2. It is permissible, but not mandatory, to use this form in connection with a petition to probate a copy of a will in lieu of a lost original pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-4-46, provided that appropriate interlineations are made, and additional information is given to overcome the presumption of revocation. 3. Signatures of heirs and beneficiaries who acknowledge service must be sworn to before a notary public or the Clerk of any Probate Court of this State. An attorney at law may acknowledge service on behalf of an heir or beneficiary; however, the attorney must certify that he or she currently represents that heir or beneficiary with regard to the pending matter and, in order to comply with O.C.G.A. § 53-11-6, the attorney's signature must be sworn as provided above. It is not necessary that all acknowledgments appear on the same page. With regard to a power of attorney, the attorney-in-fact may acknowledge service on behalf of the grantor of the power, provided that the power of attorney grants such authority, the signature of the attorneyin-fact is attested, a copy of the power of attorney is attached, and the attorney-in-fact certifies that the copy is a true copy and is still in effect. 4. O.C.G.A. § 53-11-2 provides that a party to a probate proceeding who is not sui juris must be represented by a guardian provided that the Court may appoint a guardian ad litem or determine that the natural guardian, guardian, conservator or testamentary guardian has no conflict and may serve. Should a guardian ad litem be necessary because a party is not sui juris, use Supplement 1. 5. O.C.G.A. § 53-6-15 (b) provides that the petition shall be served on the beneficiaries of the Will and the executor, if any, of any deceased executor whose death created the vacancy in the manner described in Chapter 11 of Title 53. O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3 (a). 6. O.C.G.A. § 53-5-22 (c) provides that service of notice, when made personally or by mail, shall include a copy of the Petition and of the Will for which probate is sought. The same is true when service is acknowledged. This form may, but is not required to, be used where service by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested, restricted delivery, is requested by the Petitioner(s) in lieu of personal service, in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3 (e). Make appropriate changes in the Order for Notice, Notice, and Certificate of Service. If Petitioner(s) request(s) personal service by registered, certified, or statutory overnight delivery with return receipt requested and with delivery restricted to the addressee only and that service is unsuccessful, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3 (e) service must be made pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3 (a). American LegalNet, Inc. GPCSF 7 [i] Eff. July 2016 7. Paragraph 4 requires sufficient factual information for the Court to conclude that those listed in Paragraph 3 include each and every heir of the Decedent and that there are not additional heirs of similar or closer degree according to O.C.G.A. § 53-2-1. These facts must allow the Court to rule out the possibility that there may be other heirs of the same or closer degree who have not been listed. Provide the date of death of any deceased heirs and the name of the deceased heir's Personal Representative, if applicable. The Personal Representative of a deceased heir is authorized to consent on behalf of that heir. O.C.G.A. § 53-7-1. [NOTE: If you are uncertain how to determine the heirs of a decedent, refer to the "Heirs Determination Worksheet" available from the Probate Court or at] Examples of such statements would be: (a) "Decedent was or was not married at the time of his death and had no children born, adopted, living or deceased, other than listed herein"; (b) "Decedent had no other siblings half or whole other than those listed herein"; (c) "the Decedent's brother who died previously had no other children born, adopted, living or deceased, other than listed herein." 8. Paragraph 9. In the event there is a Testamentary Conservator named in the Will and the Decedent died leaving minor children, then the Consent to Serve should be completed according to O.C.G.A. § 29-2-4 and/or § 29-3-5. When a Testamentary Guardian is to be appointed, Supplement 5 (Testamentary Guardianship) should be included with this Petition, and the Petitioner(s) must provide full names and addresses for the minor children's adult siblings and grandparents. If there are no living adult siblings or grandparents, the Petitioner(s) must provide full names and addresses for the minor children's great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, or great-uncles, if any such relatives exist. If the minor children shared the same parents, the Petitioner(s) may complete one Supplement 5 for such similarly situated children. If the minor children did not share the same parents, a separate Supplement 5 must be filed for each minor. Contact the Probate Court in which the Petition will be filed for its policy as to the filing of Supplement 5 when there are multiple children. 9. Use Supplement 2 if the Court determines it is appropriate to appoint a special process server. 10. Use Supplement 3 when an additional certificate of service is necessary. 11. Exhibits should be labeled at the bottom of each exhibit as Exhibit "A," Exhibit "B," etc. in consecutive order. The corresponding letter of each said exhibit should be inserted into the appropriate place in the form. 12. An oath must be administered by a Probate Judge or Clerk (the oath cannot be administered by a notary public). Use Georgia Probate Court Supplement 4 for the oath. The oath is not included in this form. Georgia Probate Court Standard Form 53, Commission to Administer Oath, can be used if the oath is to be administered by a court outside the State of Georgia. 13. According to Uniform Probate Court Rule 5.6 (A), unless the Court specifically assumes the responsibility, it is the responsibility of the moving party to prepare the proper citation and deliver it properly so it can be served according to law. All pages after the Notice regardi

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