This is the first post in a series which will discuss the need for Atlanta, Georgia residents to have an estate plan. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that many individuals see an estate plan as something they will take care of at a later date. Unfortunately, they never actually get around to setting up an estate plan and the result is several problems which arise for family members. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people to understand the importance of estate planning and to also assist in the selection of an attorney. If you have questions about completing a last will and testament, or a living trust, then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- What happens when one dies without a will in Georgia
- The importance of having a trust as part of your estate plan
- The need for a medical power of attorney
- The need for a financial power of attorney
- The importance of keeping one’s estate plan up to date
There are several reasons why area residents should understand these issues. First, if one passes away without a will then they are considered to have died “intestate” and their assets may be divided in a way which is not consistent with their wishes. Second, establishing a trust will allow one a greater amount of flexibility as to how and when their assets will be distributed upon death. Third, using a power of attorney will allow for the appointment of a “decision maker” when one cannot care for themselves and can also reduce infighting amongst relatives. Finally, keeping one’s estate plan up to date is crucial to ensuring that unforeseen issues do not arise.
If you are considering the establishment of a will and/or a trust then contact our office today to speak with an Atlanta estate planning lawyer. By speaking with counsel you help to ensure that all facets of your situation are considered and that there are no issues which can lead to future problems. Our attorneys are experienced in handling such matters and are ready to assist you. We also service areas including 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. We also assist those elsewhere in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States.