Peachtree Corners, GA asked in Estate Planning for Georgia

Q: How long does it take to get letters of administration from DeKalb county Court in Georgia?

I am the named executor in a very simple will for a recently deceased relative who just had some cash and a few belongings. I have already filed the will and all necessary papers, but I'm getting answers all over the map about how long it takes to get the letters testamentary in order to begin executing the will. 5 years ago when I also probated a simple will without a lawyer. it only took about a week to receive letters of administration but current answers from the probate Court clerks vary from many weeks to maybe a year. Can you give me any clarification? Also, am I able to place the notice to debtors and creditors before I receive the actual Letters Testamentary? Thanks.

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Robert W. Hughes Jr.
Robert W. Hughes Jr.
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: It depends on whether all the heirs signed the Acknowledgment of Service and Assent to Probate Instanter. If so, you will have letters in less than a month. If everyone did not sign off, then service has to occur and it will take months to get letters.

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