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Does Your Aging Parent or Loved One Have the Legal Capacity to Make a Will?

It’s not uncommon for a senior to decide to formalize their final wishes in legal documents or change the provisions in an existing document. If your aging parent or loved one expresses a wish to make a last will and testament or revise a previous… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law
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What Assets Count for Medicaid Eligibility?

For elders residing in the State of Georgia, the Medicaid program often provides financial support for long-term and nursing home care. The program has eligibility limits based on income and assets of the elder. In many cases, a person who thinks the… Read More
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Categories: Medicaid
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Do You Need a Lawyer to Set Up a Trust?

As the popularity of trusts has grown in recent years, people sometimes think they can — and should — create a trust on their own without help from a legal professional, which is a serious misconception. In fact, you should not even decide that a… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Who Should Be the Executor of Your Estate?

When you make an estate plan, one of the important tasks is designating the executor of your estate. A designated executor who accepts the responsibilities becomes the personal representative of the estate following court appointment. The position is… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Why Is Funding a Trust Important?

Trusts are a valuable estate planning tool that can accomplish important goals and objectives. Establishing a trust requires executing a legal document that defines the terms of the trust, as well as transferring assets into the trust, commonly refer… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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What Are the Georgia Laws of Intestate Succession — and Why do They Matter to You?

When an individual passes away, their property is distributed to their beneficiaries and heirs. If the deceased person left an estate plan or last will and testament, those documents determine who receives the property. But if someone dies without va… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Role of a Trust in an Estate Plan

What Is the Role of a Trust in an Estate Plan?

Your estate plan protects you during your lifetime and provides for distribution of your estate to your designated beneficiaries after death. While some estate plans do not need a trust to fulfill estate planning goals, a trust can achieve crucial go… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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What Is the Difference Between Wills and Trusts?

Wills and trusts are both important and valuable tools in estate planning. But there is a significant difference between a will and a trust. Virtually every estate plan includes a will. Since a trust can accomplish goals that a will cannot, some esta… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Are Trusts Only for Rich People?

A common misconception about estate planning is that trusts are only for rich people. The truth is that many people with modest assets can benefit from including a trust in their estate plan. To determine whether a trust can help you — and what kin… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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How to Avoid Probate in Georgia with the Right Estate Plan

The State of Georgia requires many estates to go through probate, which is a statutory legal process. Probate takes time and costs money. It also makes the financial details of the estate public information. Avoiding probate is a legitimate estate pl… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning