Wills, Estates, Trust and Probate
Our office frequently handles the drafting of wills, powers of attorney, and health care directive, along with trusts and other estate planning documents.
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.
Our office handles all legal matters pertaining to wills, including the following:
- Drafting wills
- Revisions to wills
- Appointing an executor
- Probating wills
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. Powers of attorney can be created for all kinds of situations:
- Sale of Assets
- Designation of a Guardian – effective immediately or at some point in the future
- Handling all financial matters
- Short-term healthcare decisions
- IRS matters
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 your preferences regarding 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.
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 Decedent’s Estate
Our firm handles all aspects of probating and/or administering estates.