2020 Georgia Code
Title 53 - Wills, Trusts, and Administration of Estates
Chapter 5 - Probate
Article 1 - General Provisions

Law reviews.

- For article, "Probate Matters," see 20 Ga. B.J. 183 (1957). For article, "Probate and Administration of Small Estates in Georgia: Some Proposals for Reform," see 6 Ga. L. Rev. 74 (1971). For article, "The Probate and Establishment of Domestic and Foreign Wills: An Analysis of Statutory Requirements," see 13 Ga. L. Rev. 133 (1978).


Editor's notes.

- In light of the similarity of the statutory provisions, decisions under former O.C.G.A. Ch. 3, T. 53 are included in the annotations for this Code section.

Probate is title-accommodating rather than interest-creating. Jenkins v. United States, 428 F.2d 538 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 400 U.S. 829, 91 S. Ct. 59, 27 L. Ed. 2d 59 (1970) (decided under former O.C.G.A. Ch. 3, T. 53).

Process of probating a will in Georgia is essentially a formal validation of the property interests which came into existence upon the death of the testator. Jenkins v. United States, 428 F.2d 538 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 400 U.S. 829, 91 S. Ct. 59, 27 L. Ed. 2d 59 (1970) (decided under former O.C.G.A. Ch. 3, T. 53).



- Establishment of will lost before testator's death, 34 A.L.R. 1304.

Situs of corporate stock for purposes of probate jurisdiction and administration, 72 A.L.R. 179.

Prima facie case for proponent in will contest as shifting burden of proof, 76 A.L.R. 373.

Admissibility and credibility of testimony of subscribing witness tending to impeach execution of will or testamentary capacity of testator, 79 A.L.R. 394.

Admissibility of declarations of testator on issue of undue influence, 79 A.L.R. 1447; 148 A.L.R. 1225.

Right to probate of will as affected by prior appointment of administrator, 95 A.L.R. 1107; 2 A.L.R.4th 1315.

Arbitration of issues or questions pertaining to probate matters, 104 A.L.R. 359.

Character of instrument as will, or its admissibility to probate as such, as affected by its failure to make any disposition of property or by fact that there is no beneficiary entitled to take thereunder, 147 A.L.R. 636.

Contingent interest as sufficient to entitle one to oppose or contest will or codicil, 162 A.L.R. 843.

Estoppel to contest will or attack its validity, 28 A.L.R.2d 116.

Right of executor or administrator to contest will or codicil of his decedent, 31 A.L.R.2d 756.

Necessity that executor or administrator be represented by counsel in presenting matters in probate court, 19 A.L.R.3d 1104.

Right to probate subsequently discovered will as affected by completed prior proceedings in interests administration, 2 A.L.R.4th 1315.

Modern status: inheritability or descendability of right to contest will, 11 A.L.R.4th 907.

Authority of probate court to depart from statutory schedule fixing amount of executor's commissions and attorneys' fees, 40 A.L.R.4th 1189.

Estoppel to contest will or attack its validity by acceptance of benefits thereunder, 78 A.L.R.4th 90.

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