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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Provides A Brief Definition Of Ancillary Estate And How To Avoid Ancillary Probate.

Shannon Pawley, The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, explains that an ancillary estate can be protected from ancillary probate in a thoroughly crafted estate plan.

DECATUR, GA, May ••, 2024: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new blog on the law firm’s website entitled “What Is An Ancillary Estate.” Ms. Pawley acknowledges that probate is a lengthy and expensive process and that ancillary probate can be even more time consuming and expensive.

Pawley explains that “An Ancillary Estate is property, often real estate, though it can also be tangible property such as vehicles, boats, or airplanes that are owned in a state other than the state in which the owner resides.” She goes on to add, “Such property, upon the owner’s death, then goes into a process known as ancillary probate which technically speaking is the administration of a decedent’s estate for the purpose of disposing of property owned in another state. Legally,” she continues, “ancillary probate administration is required for the assets to pass ownership to the beneficiaries.”

As Pawley notes, “There are ways to avoid ancillary probate just as there are ways of avoiding probate when everything you own is in your home state.” She elaborates. “The most common and effective way to avoid probate is to create a Living Trust within your estate plan. Assets and property owned by a Living Trust can pass to your beneficiaries directly without going through probate.  If you move your property into a Living Trust before you pass away, you won’t have to worry about that property going through probate or ancillary probate.”

The entire blog can be read by CLICKING HERE

About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.

About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M

As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.  We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it.  In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C.  This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues.  Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.  After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.


Looking to find an experienced estate lawyer in the Georgia area who is skilled in asset protection and estate plan preparation? Shannon Pawley is an attorney in Georgia with expertise in estate planning and asset protection. Shannon can provide assistance with creating an estate plan to include making a will and how to establish a trust properly. If you have questions about asset protection or questions about making an estate plan, reach out to Shannon and she will be glad to help answer all the estate planning questions you might have!

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