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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 a Will and a Trust?

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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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
avoiding georgia probate

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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Elder Law Services

How an Elder Law Attorney Helps You or Your Senior Loved One

The origins of elder law date back to the 1970s, following enactment of the Older Americans Act in 1965. Now — more than ever — an elder law professional can provide essential and critical support to help aging adults and their families address t… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law
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Why You Should Make Sure Your Home is Protected Before Entering a Nursing Home

Many aging adults eventually require a stay in a nursing home or another type of long-term care. Often, one of the resulting concerns is what happens to a person’s home if they enter a nursing home. Fortunately, there are legal strategies that can… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law, Medicaid
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How a Retirement Account Trust Can Protect an Inherited IRA or 401(k) Affected by the SECURE Act

A recent federal law called the SECURE Act has potentially catastrophic consequences for owners of an IRA or 401(k) and their beneficiaries. If the owner names individual beneficiaries for those accounts, or names certain types of trusts as the named… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
family legacy

Estate Planning Considerations for Grandparents

Grandparents who share a special bond with their grandchildren understandably want to make certain that their estate plan includes their grandchildren. It may seem like making gifts directly to grandchildren is a good way to accomplish that goal, but… Read More
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Challenges a Blended Family May Face in Estate Planning

Remarriage following a divorce often creates a blended family that includes children from a previous marriage of one or both spouses. The new spouses may add their own children to the family as well. Regardless of the composition, the circumstances o… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning