Brothers and sisters often act as our first best friends, and many of us stay close to them through the years. Even in cases where siblings live out of state or contact with one another is more infrequent, a strong bond often exists. Estate planning allows for you to provide for the needs of these loved ones in the event of your passing. By creating a last will and testament, you can name siblings as beneficiaries, outlining any assets or property you want them to receive. Without a legally valid will or other estate planning documents, such as a trust, in place, siblings have limited inheritance rights in Georgia probate proceedings.
What are your goals in seeking a divorce? What are your reservations about going through the process? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be worth considering what is known as a “legal separation” through a petition for separate maintenance. (Note: Georgia does not use the term legal separation in the law literature. For simplicity's sake, we use it here. This blog is not meant to be a legal thesis but rather a helpful tool for the layperson trying to understand their options.)
Shortly after a couple files the initial court papers to start the process of divorce, they will exchange information regarding their respective financial, economic, and personal situations, including what property they own, what debt they have, and their income. This exchange of information is called discovery.