2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 29-3-1 (2010)
TITLE 29 - GUARDIAN AND WARD
CHAPTER 3 - CONSERVATORS OF MINORS
ARTICLE 1 - PROPERTY
§ 29-3-1 - "Personal property" defined; natural guardian must qualify as conservator; exception
29-3-1. "Personal property" defined; natural guardian must qualify as conservator; exception
(a) For purposes of this Code section, "personal property" does not include the value of property that is held for the minor's benefit in trust or by a custodian under Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 44, "The Georgia Transfers to Minors Act."
(b) The natural guardian of a minor may not receive the personal property of the minor until the natural guardian becomes the legally qualified conservator of the minor; provided, however, that when the total value of all personal property of the minor is $15,000.00 or less, the natural guardian may receive and shall thereafter hold and use all or part of the personal property for the benefit of the minor and shall be accountable for the personal property but shall not be required to become the legally qualified conservator as to that personal property.
(c) Upon receiving an affidavit:
(1) That the value of all the personal property of a minor will not exceed $15,000.00 in value;
(2) That no conservator has been appointed for the minor's estate; and
(3) That the affiant is the natural guardian of the minor,
any person indebted to or holding personal property of the minor shall be authorized to pay the amount of the indebtedness or to deliver the personal property to the affiant. In the same manner and upon like proof, any person having the responsibility for the issuance or transfer of stocks, bonds, or other personal property shall be authorized to issue or transfer the stocks, bonds, or personal property to or in the name of the affiant. Upon such payment, delivery, transfer, or issuance pursuant to the affidavit, the person shall be released to the same extent as if the payment, delivery, transfer, or issuance had been made to the legally qualified conservator of the minor and shall not be required to see to the application or disposition of the personal property.
(d) This Code section shall not authorize a temporary, testamentary, or permanent guardian to receive personal property of the minor unless the guardian becomes the legally qualified conservator of the minor.
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