Georgia Probate Form GPCSF 5

Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form

Everything you need to know about Georgia Form GPCSF 5, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related GA probate forms.

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About Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form is a commonly used form within Georgia. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

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GA Form GPCSF 5, which may also referred to as Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form, is a probate form in Georgia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Atticus Fast Facts About Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form:

  • This form pertains to the State of Georgia

  • The official Georgia source for this form is here.

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about ’s Form GPCSF 5 - Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form GPCSF 5

Step 1 - Download the correct Georgia form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Georgia probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form GPCSF 5, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in GA are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form GPCSF 5 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form GPCSF 5 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Georgia.

5 reasons you should submit GPCSF 5 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Georgia can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Georgia. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Georgia is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Georgia probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Georgia probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form GPCSF 5, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form GPCSF 5 Online

Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Georgia probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Georgia.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form GPCSF 5 - Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Georgia probate court office.

Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Georgia-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

View Form GPCSF 5

GA Form GPCSF 5, which may also referred to as Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form, is a probate form in Georgia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Did you know?

  • Form GPCSF 5 - Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form is a probate form in Georgia.

  • Georgia has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Georgia.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Georgia, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding
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The Exact Text on Form GPCSF 5

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Georgia Form GPCSF 5 - Petition To Probate Will In Solemn Form. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

GPCSF 5 [i] Eff. July 2021 PETITION TO PROBATE WILL IN SOLEMN FORM INSTRUCTIONS I. Specific Instructions 1. This form is to be used when filing a petition to probate will in solemn form pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-5-20 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 who acknowledge service must be sworn to before a notary public or the clerk of any probate court of this State. It is not necessary that all acknowledgments appear on the same page. An attorney at law may acknowledge service on behalf of an heir; however, the attorney must certify that he or she currently represents that heir 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 to as provided above. 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 attorney-in-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. If a guardian ad litem is necessary because a party is not sui juris, use GPCSF Supplement 1. 5. 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 (and codicil(s)) 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, service must be made pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3 (a). 6. Paragraph 4 of this petition requires sufficient factual information for the Court to conclude that those listed in paragraph 3 of this petition include each and every heir of the decedent and that there are not additional heirs of the same 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 post deceased heir is authorized to consent on behalf of that heir. O.C.G.A. § 53-7-1. When a party to a proceeding in probate court is a post deceased heir whose estate has no personal representative, such deceased heir’s estate may be represented in the GPCSF 5 [ii] Eff. July 2021 proceeding by a guardian ad litem. A person’s heirs are determined at the time of that person’s death. A close relative must be alive at the time the decedent dies to be an heir. If an heir who outlived the decedent subsequently dies, that post deceased heir must be represented by the personal representative of his or her estate or by a guardian ad litem. [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 www.gaprobate.gov.] 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”; and (c) “Decedent’s brother who died previously had no other children born, adopted, living, or deceased, other than listed herein.” 7. For paragraph 6 of the petition, if there is a testamentary conservator named in the will according to O.C.G.A. § 29-3-5 and the decedent died leaving minor children, then the consent to serve should be completed. When a testamentary guardian is to be appointed, GPCSF 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 GPCSF Supplement 5 for such similarly situated children. If the minor children did not share the same parents, a separate GPCSF 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 GPCSF Supplement 5 when there are multiple children. 8. Use GPCSF Supplement 2 if the Court determines it is appropriate to appoint a special process server. 9. Use GPCSF Supplement 3 when an additional certificate of service is necessary. 10. 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. 11. An oath must be administered by a probate judge or clerk (the oath cannot be administered by a notary public). Use GPCSF Supplement 4 for the oath. The oath is not included in this form. GPCSF 53, Commission to Administer Oath, can be used if the oath is to be administered by a court outside the State of Georgia. 12. 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 regarding Uniform Probate Court Rule 5.6 (A) are to be completed by the moving party, unless otherwise directed by the Court. II. General Instructions General instructions applicable to all Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms are available in each probate court or at www.gaprobate.gov, labeled GPCSF 1. GPCSF 5 [1] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) PETITION TO PROBATE WILL IN SOLEMN FORM The petition of ___________________________________________________________ [Full name(s) of petitioner(s)] First Middle Last whose physical address(es) is/are __________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code and mailing address(es) is/are _____________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code shows to the Court the following: 1. _____________________________________________________________________, [Full name of decedent] First Middle Last whose place of domicile was ____________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code departed this life on ______________________, 20______. 2. While alive, decedent duly made and published a last will and testament dated ___________________________________________________________, (along with codicil(s) dated ___________________________________________________), which is herewith offered for probate in solemn form as the decedent’s “will.” ___________________________ is/are named as the executor(s). 3. Listed below are all of the decedent’s heirs at law, with age or majority status, address and relationship to the decedent set opposite the name of each: Name Age (or over 18) Address Relationship ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 5 [2] Eff. July 2021 4. Required: [Provide sufficient factual information to enable the Court to conclude that all of the heirs of the decedent are included and that there are no heirs of the same or closer degree according to O.C.G.A. § 53-2-1. Provide the names of any deceased heirs, the name and address of his or her personal representative, if any, and include the date of death for each ( see instructions for further clarification). Also, state here all pertinent facts that may govern the method of giving notice to any person and that may determine whether or not a guardian ad litem should be appointed for any person. If any heirs listed above are cousins, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces of the decedent, indicate the deceased ancestor through whom they are related to the decedent. I f any executor nominated in the Will has a priority equal to or higher than the propounder but will not qualify, indicate the name and reasons.] ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 5. [Initial one] ______ (a) To the knowledge of the petitioner(s), no other proceedings with respect to this estate are pending, or have been completed, in any other probate court in this State or any other state. ______ (b) The probate of another purported will of the decedent is pending in the State of _______________________________ , in the ________________________ County ______________________ Court. The name(s) and address(es) of the propounder(s) and the names, addresses, and ages or majority status of the beneficiaries under the other purported will to whom notice is required under O.C.G.A. § 53-5 -22 (b) are listed on the attachment hereto, as “Exhibit ____,” which is expressly made a part hereof, as if fully set forth herein. ______ (c) An administration is pending in the State of ____________________________, in the _________________________ County ___________________________ Court. The name(s) and address(es) of each p etitioner and the name(s) and address(es) of any appointed administrator(s), if any, are listed on the attachment hereto, as “Exhibit ____,” which is expressly made a part hereof, as if fully set forth herein. GPCSF 5 [3] Eff. July 2021 6. [Initial all that apply; however, please note that this form may not be appropriate if the p etitioner(s) is/are seeking the appointment of a testamentary guardian, which requires notice to the relatives of the d ecedent’s minor child(ren) pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 29-2 -4 .] At the time of the decedent’s death, and at this time, the decedent left (a) minor child(ren) and the will names a testamentary conservator. ________ (a) The will names a testamentary conservator of (a) minor child(ren) of the decedent. At the time of the decedent’s death, he/she had (a) minor child(ren) and there is/are no court-appointed conservator(s); the following individual(s) is/are named as testamentary conservator(s) in the decedent’s will: Name Address _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ________ (b) The will names a testamentary conservator of (a) minor child(ren) of the decedent. At the time of the decedent’s death, he/she had (a) minor child(ren) and there is/are a court-appointed conservator(s), who is/are identified as follows: [If named , testamentary conservator(s) and court-appointed conservator(s) are different.] Name Address _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 7. Additional data: [Where full particulars are lacking, state here the reasons for any such omission.] GPCSF 5 [4] Eff. July 2021 WHEREFORE, petitioner(s) pray(s): 1. Leave to prove said will (and codicil(s)) in solemn form; 2. That due and legal notice be given as the law requires; 3. That said will be admitted to record on proper proof; 4. That letters of testamentary conservatorship issue, if applicable; 5. That letters testamentary issue; and 6. That this Court order such other relief as may be proper under the circumstances. ____________________________________ Signature of Petitioner ____________________________________ Printed Name ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Mailing Address ____________________________________ Telephone Number Signature of Attorney: ______________________________________________________ Printed Name of Attorney: ______________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Telephone Number: __________________ State Bar #________________________ GPCSF 5 [5] Eff. July 2021 VERIFICATION GEORGIA, ___________________ COUNTY Personally appeared before me the undersigned petitioner(s) who, after being duly sworn, state(s) that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition to probate will in solemn form (and the attached exhibit(s)) are true and correct. Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ _____________________________________ Signature of Petitioner ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Petitioner My Commission Expires: _______________ GPCSF 5 [6] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SERVICE AND ASSENT TO PROBATE INSTANTER The undersigned, being 18 years of age or older, laboring under no legal disability, and being an heir of the above-named decedent, hereby acknowledges service of a copy of petition to probate the will in solemn form, purported will, and notice, waives copies of same; waives further service and notice; and hereby assents to the probate of said will in solemn form instanter. Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ _____________________________________ Signature of Heir ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Heir My Commission Expires: ________________ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ ____________________________________ Signature of Heir ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Heir My Commission Expires: ________________ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ _____________________________________ Signature of Heir ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Heir My Commission Expires: ________________ GPCSF 5 [7] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) TESTAMENTARY CONSERVATOR’S CONSENT TO SERVE [To be completed only in the event a testamentary conservator is named in the will] The undersigned, being 18 years of age or older, laboring under no legal disability, and being named as testamentary conservator, hereby consents to serve. I understand that once appointed, I will have the same rights, powers, and duties as set forth in O.C.G.A. § 29-3-5. Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ _____________________________________ Signature of Testamentary Conservator ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Testamentary Conservator My Commission Expires: ________________ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _______________, 20_____ _____________________________________ Signature of Testamentary Conservator ___________________________________ _____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Testamentary Conservator My Commission Expires: ________________ GPCSF 5 [8] Eff. July 2021 NOTICE THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PETITIONER (MOVING PARTY) UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY THE COURT. SEE UNIFORM PROBATE COURT RULE 5.6 (A). GPCSF 5 [9] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) ORDER FOR SERVICE OF NOTICE The foregoing petition to probate will (and codicil(s)) in solemn form having been filed, service is ordered as follows: [Initial all that apply] ______ Notice together with a copy of the petition and purported will (and codicil(s)) shall be served personally, or by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, as requested by the petitioner(s) pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-11-3, at least 30 days before the Will (and codicil(s)) can be probated on the following heirs who reside in Georgia: [If mailed, must be with return receipt requested, and restricted delivery to addressee only.] ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______ Notice together with a copy of the petition and purported will (and codicil(s)) shall be served by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 53-1 1-4, upon the following nonresident heirs whose current residence addresses are known: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______ Notice shall be published once a week for four weeks in the legal organ of this County, before _________________________, 20____, in order to serve by publication the following heirs whose current residence addresses are unknown: S O ORDERED this _____ day of __________________, 20___. ________________________ __________________ Judge of the Probate Court GPCSF 5 [10] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) NOTICE IN RE: The Petition to Probate Will (and Codicil(s)) in Solemn Form in the above-referenced estate [Strike any paragraph if not applicable] TO: _______________________________________________________________________ [List here all interested parties who reside in Georgia to be served personally or by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery with restricted delivery to the addressee, if specifically requested by the petitioner(s)] This is to notify you who are required to be served personally, to file objection, if there is any, to the petition to probate will in solemn form, in this Court on or before the 30th day after the date you are personally served or sign the return receipt. TO: _______________________________________________________________________ [List here all heirs having known addresses outside the continental U.S. to be served by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery with restricted delivery to the addressee, if specifically requested by the petitioner(s)] This is to notify you to file objection, if there is any, to the petition to probate will in solemn form, in this Court on or before the 30th day after __________________, 20_____ (the date of the mailing of this notice to you by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested); provided, however, that if a return receipt for such notice is actually received by the Court within such 30 days, the deadline for the filing of any objection shall be 30 days from the date of receipt shown on such return receipt. TO: _______________________________________________________________________ [List here all heirs having known addresses in the continental U.S. to be served by registered or certified or statutory overnight delivery with restricted delivery to the addressee, if specifically requested by the petitioner(s)] This is to notify you to file objection, if there is any, to the petition to probate will in solemn form, in this Court on or before the 30th day after _________________, 20_____ (the date of the mailing of this notice to you by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested); provided, however, that if a return receipt for such notice is actually received by the Court within such 30 days, the deadline for the filing of any objection shall be 30 days from the date of receipt shown on such return receipt. GPCSF 5 [11] Eff. July 2021 BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be (held on ___________________, 20_____) (scheduled at a later date). If no objections are filed, the petition may be granted without a hearing. _______________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court By: ___________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 5 [12] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) NOTICE IN RE: The Petition to Probate Will (and Codicil(s)) in Solemn Form in the above- referenced estate having been duly filed. [For use if an heir is required to be served by publication] TO: ________________________________________________________________________ [List here all heirs having unknown addresses to be served by publication] This is to notify you to file objection, if there is any, to the petition to probate will in solemn form, in this Court on or before ____________________________________, 20_____. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be (held on _____________________, 20_____)(scheduled at a later date). If no objections are filed, the petition may be granted without a hearing. _______________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court By: ___________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 5 [13] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that I have this date mailed (unless otherwise noted), in an envelope with the proper postage affixed thereto for First-Class Mail delivery copies of the to the following parties at the addresses below: This _______ day of ________________, 20____. _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Address _____________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 5 [14] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) ORDER ADMITTING WILL (AND CODICIL(S)) TO PROBATE IN SOLEMN FORM An alleged last will and testament dated _____________________________________ (and codicil(s) dated ________________________________________) was/were propounded. _____________________________________________________________ was/were nominated personal representative(s) by the testator. The Court finds that the decedent died domiciled within, or domiciled outside the State of Georgia but owning property within, the above county. The Court further finds that all of the heirs at law were served or acknowledged service. The Court further finds that no objection has been filed, and all requirements of law have been fulfilled. The Court further finds that the propounded will (is self-proving)(has been proved by one or more witnesses). ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ORDERED that the will dated __________________________ (and the codicil(s) dated ______________________________________) is/are established as the last will and testament of the decedent (“the dDecedent’s will”); that the will be admitted to record as proven in solemn form; and, that the nominated executor(s) named above has/have leave to qualify as personal representative(s) by taking the required oath, after which letters testamentary shall issue. The clerk shall serve the personal representative(s) with copies of this order and the letters upon qualification. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the personal representative(s) shall disburse all property according to the terms of the decedent’s will and shall maintain all records of income and disbursements until discharged by order of this Court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that: [Initial all that apply] ______ (a) An inventory shall be filed. ______ (b) Annual returns shall be filed. ______ (c) Letters of testamentary conservatorship shall issue to _______________________________________________________. ______ (d) Letters of testamentary guardianship shall issue to _______________________________________________________. SO ORDERED this _______ day of ________________, 20____. _______________________________ Judge of the Probate Court GPCSF 5 [15] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ___________ DECEASED ) LETTERS TESTAMENTARY [Relieved of filing returns] At a regular term of probate court, the last will and testament dated ________________ (and codicil(s) dated ____________________________) of the above-named decedent, who was domiciled in this county at the time of his or her death or was domiciled in another state but owned property in this county at the time of his or her death, was legally proven in solemn form to be the decedent’s will and was admitted to record by order, and it was further ordered that ____________________________________________, named as executor(s) in said will, be allowed to qualify, and that upon so doing, letters testamentary be issued to such executor(s). THEREFORE, the executor(s), having taken the oath of office and complied with all necessary prerequisites of the law, is/are legally authorized to discharge all the duties and exercise all powers of executor(s) under the will of said decedent, according to the decedent’s will and the law. Given under my hand and official seal, the ______ day of _________________, 20____. ___________________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document: Issued by: [Seal] _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 5 [16] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) LETTERS TESTAMENTARY [Not relieved of filing returns] At a regular term of probate court, the last will and testament dated ____________________________ (and codicil(s) dated __________________________) of the above-named decedent, who was domiciled in this county at the time of his or her death or was domiciled in another state but owned property in this county at the time of his or her death, was legally proven in solemn form to be the decedent’s will and was admitted to record by order, and it was further ordered that ____________________________________________, named as executor(s) in said will, be allowed to qualify, and that upon so doing, letters testamentary be issued to such executor(s). THEREFORE, the executor(s), having taken the oath of office and complied with all necessary prerequisites of the law, is/are legally authorized to discharge all the duties and exercise all powers of executor(s) under the will of said decedent, according to the decedent’s will and the law and is/are hereby required to render a true and correct inventory of all property, both real and personal, and any and all debts of the estate, and make a return of them to this Court, and further, to file a proper annual return or final return with this Court each year within 60 days of the anniversary date of appointment until the executorship is fully discharged. Given under my hand and official seal, the ______ day of _________________, 20____. __________________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document: Issued by: [Seal] _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 5 [17] Eff. July 2021 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ DECEASED ) LETTERS OF TESTAMENTARY CONSERVATORSHIP OF MINOR [To be completed only in the event a testamentary conservator is named in the will] TO: ________________________________________________, Testamentary Conservator(s) RE: ________________________________________________, Minor ________________________________________________, Minor’s Date of Birth Pursuant to the last will and testament (and codicil(s)), of the above-named decedent, you have been appointed testamentary conservator(s) of the property of the minor named directly above. You have assented to this appointment by taking your oath. In general, your duties as testamentary conservator(s) are to protect and maintain the property of the minor and utilize the minor’s property solely for the benefit of the minor. Consult your attorney if you have any questions. These letters of testamentary conservatorship empower the above testamentary conservator(s) to hold, for the minor, only property that passed through the estate of the above-named decedent. Given under my hand and official seal, the ______ day of _________________, 20____. __________________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document: Issued by: [Seal] _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court

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