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Estate Planning in Times of Crisis

Estate Planning in Times of Crisis

The situation we find ourselves is unprecedented and challenging in many ways.  For many, times of uncertainty and crisis make us realize that we have not adequately planned for a health or financial emergency, or death.  And while that realization may cause us...

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Protecting Our Pets

Protecting Our Pets

Have you ever wondered who will take care of your pets if something happens to you? Frequently we expect our loved ones to take care of our fur-babies when we become unable to do so. However, our friends or family may not be able to provide that care for a variety of...

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Powers of attorney

Powers of attorney

Last month, I discussed powers of attorney and how they can be used in estate planning as well as daily activities. Although we often think about using powers of attorney for personal or business transactions, they can also be used for delegating authority to care for...

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Time for Spring House Cleaning

Time for Spring House Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived in Georgia, along with the annual ritual of “spring cleaning.” It also means tax time, which creates the perfect opportunity to “clean house” and get our financial affairs in order. Following a few simple steps can make cleaning your...

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Who Needs A Will? You Do!

Who Needs A Will? You Do!

On January 1, tradition compels us to form our New Year’s resolutions…get healthy, become more organized, spend more time with our families, or start new hobbies…One resolution might be to “get my affairs in order” or “make a will.” Sounds great, but what does that...

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An Act of Love

An Act of Love

Recently a colleague shared a story about a married couple who had come in to sign their estate planning documents. When they made their end of life choices, the wife questioned the husband regarding his choice to extend his life as long as possible using all medical...

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When To Update Your Estate Plan

When To Update Your Estate Plan

I am frequently asked whether estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, or advanced healthcare directives, need to be updated.  The short answer is yes!  Estate planning, much like financial planning, tax planning, and retirement planning,...

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Estate Taxes: What You Should Know

Estate Taxes: What You Should Know

Although most people are familiar with income taxes, sales taxes, and even ad valorem taxes, the subject of estate taxes, or death taxes, is an area that remains mysterious and confusing.  Let’s pull back the curtain and unveil the truth about estate taxes. The first...

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Young Adults’ Legal Needs

Young Adults’ Legal Needs

Graduation season is an exciting time for families and students alike, filled with celebrations, adventures, and transitions.  Whether your graduate is headed to higher education, vocational training, travels, or a new career, it is important for your child to know...

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