Ways to Limit Squabbles When Settling an Estate

Over my many years of assisting executors and family members deal with settling the estates of loved ones, I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon: Often there are no squabbles regarding assets having high financial value, but in family after family there are ugly fights...

Practical Steps to Take When a Loved One Dies

Losing a loved one is never easy. Emotional needs must be met. Immediate family matters must be attended to. Funeral or memorial service arrangements must be made. But at some point fairly soon after death certain practical steps need to be taken. Those practical...

Who Controls Facebook Page and Content after Death?

With the rise of “social media” comes the question of what happens to a person’s Facebook page, Twitter account or other social media account upon a person’s death. Until fairly recently, for example, Facebook administrators would...

Who Owns Contents of a Joint Safe Deposit Box After Death?

I’m often involved in disputes over the contents of safe deposit boxes – usually when the boxes are jointly leased. A recent case in Forsyth County provides a helpful reminder of the rules involved. An older woman Smith and her niece Jones jointly leased a...

Can you inherit debt?

Can you inherit debt? Georgia lawyers have always been able to confidently tell their clients that children do not “inherit” the debts owed by parents. As shown by a recent case in Gwinnett County, however, a child may be liable for certain debts accruing...