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A last will and testament can help you to protect your family and your property. A will allows you to:
- Choose who you leave your property to, whether people or organizations;
- Name a personal guardian to care for your minor children;
- Name a trusted person to manage property you leave to minor children; and,
- Name an executor, the person who makes sure that the terms of your Will are carried out.
In Georgia, if you die without a will, your property will be distributed according to state intestacy laws, meaning that your property goes to your closest relatives beginning with your spouse and children. If you have neither, your parents will get your property. The list continues with increasingly distant relatives, to include siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and your spouses’ relatives. If the court exhausts the list to find that you have no living relatives by blood or marriage, the state will take your property.