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Pamphlets and Brochures

The following pamphlets and brochures have been produced and published as a public service. they are available in Adobe format and may be read online or downloaded to your computer.

Georgia Probate Courts - a brief description of the probate courts in Georgia, their jurisdiction, and the judges serving in them.

Georgia Probate Procedures - "What to Do When a Loved One Dies" - a brief description for the various proceedings which might be filed following the death of a Georgia resident or a non-resident owning property in Georgia.

Proceeding Pro Se in Probate Court - If you will be filing a proceeding in a probate court without the assistance of an attorney or representing yourself in connection with a proceeding filed by someone else, this brochure briefly describes your obligations and any special requirements.

Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship of Adults in Georgia - Before the filing of proceedings for the appointment of a guardian or conservator for an adult, there may be some alternatives which should be considered instead of the guardianship proceedings. This brochure suggests some of the alternatives.
Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care
Effective July 1, 2007, the Georgia Law provides for a new form, called the Advanced Directive for Health Care, which combines the Living Will and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care.

The old Georgia statutory forms for the Living Will and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care are still effective and enforceable.
Determination of Heirs
In almost all probate proceedings involving the estate of a deceased person, it is necessary to identify the heirs of the decedent. Heirs is the class of person who will inherit the estate of a person who dies without a valid and enforceable Will. Heirs and beneficiaries (those persons who receive property of a decedent under a valid Will which has been admitted to probate) are not the same legal terms, although a person may be both an heir and a beneficiary. In most probate proceedings, it is necessary to provide notice to the heirs of the deceased, whether or not they actually will inherit property. The Heirs Determination Worksheet will assist in determining who are the heirs of the decedent.
Standard Forms
Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms - For many proceedings in probate court, there is a Georgia Probate Court Standard Form (GPCSF); for any proceeding for which there is such a form, use of the approved standard form is preferred. See Operating Procedures. The standard forms may be downloaded in Adobe, Word or WordPerfect format at The Georgia Probate Court Online System.

Non-Standard Forms - The following forms are NOT Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms. Their use may be required in Bibb County and may or may not be permitted for use in other counties.
Adult Guardianship/Conservatorship cases :

Handbook for Guardians and Conservators of Adults in Georgia - all persons who are appointed as guardian or conservator of an incapacitated adult by the Probate Court of Bibb County are required to obtain, read and keep throughout the proceedings this Handbook.

Qualifications Questionnaire - any person who is nominated for appointment by the Probate Court of Bibb County to serve as a conservator for an adult ward is required to complete and file this Questionnaire prior to appointment. If the person is nominated in an original petition or in an intervention or response, the Questionnaire must be completed and filed prior to the hearing.

Consent to Criminal Records Check - any person who is nominated for appointment by the Probate Court of Bibb County as guardian or conservator for an adult ward is required to consent to a criminal background check. The consent form must be completed and filed together with the $15.00 fee, prior to appointment. If the person is nominated in an original petition or in an intervention or response, the consent form must be completed and filed and the fee paid, prior to the hearing.

Inventory and Asset Management Plan - [NOTE: This is GPCSF #58] - Every conservator appointed for an adult ward is required to file an Inventory and Asset Management Plan, first within 60 days of the date of qualification and then annually within 60 days of each anniversary of the date of qualification. If the conservator prefers, the WordPerfect version of the Inventory & AMP may be used for completion on computer.

Return of Conservator - Every conservator appointed for an adult ward is required to file an annual accounting or return, together with an updated Inventory and Asset Management Plan, within 60 days of each anniversary of the date of qualification. If the conservator prefers, the Excel version of the Return of Conservator, containing cell formulae, may be used.

Personal Status Report - Every guardian appointed for an adult ward is required to file a Personal Status Report, first within 60 days of the date of qualification and then annually within 60 days of the date of qualification. If the guardian prefers, the WordPerfect version of the Personal Status Report may be used for completion on computer.


Minor Guardianship/Conservatorship cases :

Handbook for Conservators for Minors in Georgia - all persons who are appointed as conservators for a minor by the Probate Court of Bibb County are required to obtain, read and keep throughout the proceedings this Handbook.

Consent to Criminal Records Check - any person who is nominated for appointment by the Probate Court of Bibb County as guardian or conservator to a minor is required to consent to a criminal background check. The consent form must be completed and filed, together with the $15.00 fee, prior to appointment. If the person is nominated in an original petition or in an intervention or response, the consent form must be completed and filed, and the fee paid, prior to the hearing.

Minor Inventory and Asset Management Plan - Every conservatory appointed for a minor is required to file an Inventory and Asset Management Plan, first within 60 days of the date of qualification and then annually within 60 days of each anniversary of the date of qualification. If the conservator prefers, the WordPerfect version of the Inventory & AMP may be used for completion on computer.

Return of Conservator - Every conservator appointed for a minor is required to file an annual accounting or return, together with an updated Inventory and Asset Management Plan, within 60 days of each anniversary of the date of qualification. If the conservator prefers, the Excel version of the Return of Conservator, containing cell formulae, may be used.


Decedents' Estates :

Inventory - Unless relieved, every Personal Representative of the Estate of a decedent must file an Inventory of all assets of the Estate within six months of the date of appointment. If the Personal Representative prefers, the WordPerfect version of the Inventory may be used for completion on computer.

Return of Personal Representative - Unless relieved, every Personal Representative of the Estate of a decedent is required to file an annual accounting or return, within 60 days of each anniversary of the date of qualification. If the conservator prefers, the Excel version of the Return of Conservator, containing cell formulae, may be used.
Miscellaneous Forms
Premarital Education Certificate

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