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Wills, Estates, and Trusts

 

Wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives are just some of the many estate planning tools that this law office offers to our estate planning clients.

Wills

A will is a legal document that lets you state how you wish your estate to be handled when you die. You can also name your beneficiaries and what you would like each one to receive. If you don't have a will and you pass away, a Georgia probate court will decide what to do with your property and you won't be able to make special provisions or gifts. According to Georgia's intestate laws, the decedent's surviving spouse and children would share the estate.

We handle all legal matters pertaining to wills, including the following:

   ▪ Drafting wills
   ▪ Will revisions
   ▪ Appointing an executor
   ▪ Probating of a Will

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that appoints someone to have certain powers that you have given them. By giving someone your power of attorney, you are allowing him, her, or the entity that you have appointed to act for you in certain kinds of situations. We can help you set up the powers of attorney that fits your specific needs:

   ▪ Limited Power of Attorney-Sale of Assets
   ▪ Limited Power of Attorney-Limited Duration
   ▪ General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (one Attorney-in-Fact)
   ▪ General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (Granted Jointly to Two Attorneys-in-Fact)
   ▪ General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (Becomes Effective upon Disability)
   ▪ General Power of Attorney, with Elective Provisions, Including Gift-Making Provisions and Alternative Provision for Springing Power
   ▪ Durable Financial Power of Attorney
   ▪ Georgia Statutory Form for Financial Power of Attorney
   ▪ IRS Power of Attorney-Form 2848, with Instructions
   ▪ IRS Power of Attorney-Form 2848-D, with Instructions
   ▪ Georgia Statutory Short Form Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

A durable power of attorney is one that will either take effect or continue to take effect should you become incapacitated.

Health Care Directives

Also known as a living will, a health care directive allows you to state the medical care that you would like to have or wish to refuse in the event that you become incapacitated. If you have appointed a power of attorney for health care, he or she will be responsible for ensuring that your wishes in your health care directive are followed. Doctors and other medical providers are required by law to follow your wishes.

Trusts

Whether your trust is a basic trust or a complex trust, our firm can simplify the process for you so that your assets are easily taken care of and ready for your beneficiaries when the time comes.

Probate or Administration of a Deceased’s Estate

Our firm handles most all aspects of probating or administering of a deceased's estate, other than complex litigation.