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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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What Makes a Will Valid in Georgia?

A last will and testament is a legal document that conveys property to named beneficiaries on the death of the person making the will. To be a legally valid will in the State of Georgia, the document must meet specific requirements established in sta… Read More
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How Pour-Over Wills and Trusts Work Together

Many individuals include a trust as part of their estate plan. The advantages of establishing a trust include avoiding probate, maintaining financial privacy, and protecting assets. But even if you have a trust, your estate plan should also include a… Read More
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Last Will

What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

When you make a Will, you decide exactly how your property is distributed after your death. If you die without a Will, Georgia inheritance laws determine who receives your property and administers your estate. Dying Without a Will in Georgia A person… Read More
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Can I Contest a Will in Georgia?

In the State of Georgia, you can contest a Last Will and Testament by filing a caveat with the probate court, which states your legal objections to the validity of a Will. Only certain reasons constitute a legal basis for challenging a Will. Being di… Read More
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Do You Need a Lawyer for a Georgia Power of Attorney?

In Georgia, a durable power of attorney for financial matters (POA) is an important legal document that everyone needs. While you can sign a POA form without help from an attorney, the only way to make certain that your Georgia power of attorney is v… Read More
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Fiduciary Duty

Who Are the Fiduciaries in Your Estate Plan? (and What That Means)

When you create an estate plan, you name individuals to act on your behalf and for your benefit, as well as implement your wishes, if you become incapacitated or pass away. The people you designate for those responsibilities are fiduciaries. Under Ge… Read More
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Does the Executor of an Estate Need a Probate Attorney in Georgia?

Under Georgia law, the executor of an estate has substantial legal responsibilities. Completing probate and estate administration involves numerous complex legal documents and details — and it takes time. Individuals named as executor in a will oft… Read More
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Things To Know About Estate Planning

Estate Planning Terminology Explained

Estate planning includes the use of special terms that may be confusing the first time you come across them. To help demystify the estate planning process, the explanations that follow will help you understand common estate planning words and phrases… Read More
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Covid-19 Update: How Can Elders and Their Families Stay Safe?

While the State of Georgia and most other states have begun to relax social and economic restrictions arising from coronavirus Covid-19, elders and their families should continue to take precautions to protect against infection. The risks to seniors… Read More
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