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Re: Question for David Paterson
In Response To: Question for David Paterson ()
Georgia estate law was a patchwork inherited from English ecclesiastical law and Common Law, adapted to a republican form of government -- you will see that as you read the book.
Georgia required three or more appraisers, to be appointed by the Ordinary (probate court). The appraisers must swear an oath before any Justice of the Peace before beginning their work.
Very often appraisers were appointed from the immediate neighborhood where the deceased had lived. So, the short answer is that the law did not specify who could be an appraiser, but for convenience they were usually neighbors.