It can be difficult to plan for one’s future. Most people have not spent a great deal of time thinking about what would happen to their assets if they passed away unexpectedly. Nor have they considered what emergency medical decisions they would want made if they were incapacitated. The process of estate planning protects your family and provides control over what would become of your property in the event of your passing. Our caring attorneys help our clients create a plan for their future that is right for their situation. Contact our office today to set up a consultation. Our lawyers service the greater Atlanta Metro area.
Atlanta lawyers helping clients prepare documents to support their final wishes
Many people believe that estate planning consists of filling out a few generic stock forms. However, it is a far more complex process than that; in order to protect your estate it is important to plan for tax implications, to have serious discussions with family members, and to ask questions that one may not have considered. Our thoughtful attorneys help clients prepare for possible scenarios that can occur so that you or your family members do not experience an unnecessary hardship. Areas that we provide assistance with include:
- Drafting a will and/or trust
- Deciding how one’s property is to be distributed upon their death
- Providing tax planning to reduce the effects of a “death tax”
- Appointing a guardian for minor children in the event of one’s passing
- Selecting and empowering fiduciaries
- Appointing a power of attorney
- Drafting an advanced directive for health care
- Drafting a directive for funeral and burial arrangements
If a Georgia resident passes away and a designated state plan is not available, then the state automatically determines how assets are to be distributed. This can create a financial hardship for loved ones, result in unnecessary taxes, and risk a loss of family heirlooms. Do not leave the distribution of your property up to chance. Contact our lawyers today. We assist clients in the greater Atlanta Metro area including Jonesboro, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.
Attorneys drafting final estate plans that are legal and will stand up in Court
It is easy to obtain and fill out “do it yourself” estate planning forms, such as wills, trusts, and health care directives. However, if a form is not properly filled out, signed, and notarized, it may not be considered “legal.” “Unofficial” estate plans often lead to documents being challenged in Court, infighting among relatives, and hospitals refusing to honor health care directives. Our attorneys believe that if you have gone to the trouble of making an estate plan and it is important that your wishes be followed and respected by the Courts. By hiring a qualified estate planner many families can completely avoid interference by the Courts, and a loved one’s passing does not have to be made more stressful by a legal battle. We are ready to assist you.
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