A Georgia Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows an individual to state their wishes in regards to their estate after they pass away. In Georgia, these documents are governed by Title 53 of the Georgia Annotated Code. These statutes dictate that a Testator, known as the individual creating this document to declare their wishes, must be at least 14 years of age or older in order to create one of these forms. Furthermore, the statutes require the Testator to sign the will in the presence of two witnesses. Although handwritten wills are not recognized in the state of Georgia, oral wills are recognized if the Testator is in the midst of his or her last illness, and two witnesses swear to this oral will under oath. Furthermore, the Testator must transfer this oral will to writing within 30 days.
Completing a last will and testament in Georgia is a straightforward process, yet a process that requires attention to detail. Detail is important when creating a last will and testament, as this reduces the risk of miscommunication and disagreements between beneficiaries. When creating a last will and testament, the first thing that a Testator should do is declare their full name and address. Once this information is provided, the Testator must then provide the full name of the Executor. The Executor is the individual charged with the responsibilities of taking care of the Testator's obligations after their death. Once this individual has been named, the Testator will then list all of his or her wishes. These wishes may include who inherits various property or monetary assets, and can also include funeral, burial, and repass wishes. Once the document has been completed and the Testator has recorded all of his or her wishes, all necessary signatures will finalize the document and it may begin its validity.