Wills, Trust and Estate

It’s never too late to begin planning your estate. You shouldn’t leave it up to the court to decide how your heirs divide up property and belongings. With just a few documents, you can ensure that your wishes for the end of your life are made clear. As experienced estate planning attorneys in Georgia, we can help you prepare for the future in the fairest and most compassionate way.

WILLS

Most of us don’t like to spend much time talking about what happens to our property after we pass away. It’s important, however, to make sure that you know what will happen to your estate. If you’re unclear about how your heirs will divide up your property, your passing can create strife and division at an already difficult time.  Your loved ones should be celebrating your life and enjoying memories – not attempting to navigate the legal processes at such a stressful time.

 

TRUST

Generally speaking, a trust is more complex than a will.  The basic premise of a trust, however, is simple: a person, the ‘settlor’, places assets into a trust which is managed by a second person, the ‘trustee’, for the benefit of a third person, the ‘beneficiary’.

There are many types of trusts and are mostly exempt from the probate process.  What type of trust depends on each individual’s estate and personal goals. We do not use a one-size-fits-all approach or follow the recent fads in financial planning.  Our attorneys take time to know you, your goals and develop a personalized plan to help you achieve them.

In some cases, you may want to start transferring assets while you’re living.  You may, however, need a trust for an individual with special needs or maybe just to protect assets from creditors or to mitigate a potential tax burden.  Our estate and trust attorneys offer reliable advice specific to your situation.

POWER OF ATTORNEY

In the event that you become unable to make decisions for yourself, it’s crucial to know that your loved ones will make the choices that you would have them make. A power of attorney allows you to leave the decision making on your behalf in the hands of someone you trust to handle your affairs.

ADVANCED HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES

An advanced healthcare directive allows both your loved ones and the medical professionals treating you to know exactly what treatments you want and do not want if you were to become incapacitated or unable to communicate.  

A power of attorney allows your to leave medical decisions in the hands of a loved one whom you designate, while a living will specifies which procedures you desire as well as which treatments you want to avoid. Advanced healthcare directives combine the power of attorney with the living will for a complete picture of how you would like doctors to handle your health care when you’re unable to tell them yourself.

Our attorneys have the experience to help you put together an advanced healthcare directive that fits your wishes. We will help you make certain that your family and doctors understand the healthcare decisions that you want to make.

PROBATE

The probate process involves more than just what happens to your property after you’ve passed away. In fact, you may have to go to probate court after the death of a loved one. You may also need to involve the court if you’re selling property that you’ve inherited.

If you become involved in the probate process for a family member or loved one, you need an experienced attorney to guide you through the system. Our firm can help you understand the intricacies of the probate process and estate administration. You can rely on our experienced Georgia probate attorneys to help you receive a fair and just outcome in probate court.