When I am visiting various senior communities, I often get the same questions concerning new Georgia residents. One of the biggies is: “are my legal documents valid in Georgia?” Well, the answer to that question is: “it depends.” There are many factors that will affect the answer. Some of these are:
- *What state was the will executed in?
- *When was it executed or last updated?
- *Are the people who are appointed still able to function in their role?
- *Do you have a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care and General Durable Power of Attorney?
- *Is a Guardian nominated if one is ever needed?
- *Is the loved one under a Guardianship/Conservatorship (or both) in another state?
- *Did you sell real estate prior to your move?
As you can see, it is a good idea to have your documents reviewed or newly prepared if you have relocated to Georgia. Having these documents in place will definitely help things run more smoothly when needed. Some helpful resources for new residents are:
- Social Security- 1-800-772-1213
- Veteran’s Benefits- 1-800-827-1000
- Identification Cards and/or Driver’s License- 404-657-9300
- Vehicle Registration in Georgia- 877-423-6711
- Voter Registration in Georgia- 404-656-2871