May 2011 Archives

The difference between a Georgia will and a living trust

Many residents in Atlanta and around the state use wills and trusts to transfer assets after death, but confusion about the function of each document is common. An experienced Georgia estate planning attorney can help guide individuals through the estate planning process and draft the appropriate document for a client's unique situation.

How Georgia women can use or protect their tax dowry

In our last post we discussed the federal estate tax exclusions that Georgia women can take advantage of. Everyone is entitled to a $5 million federal estate tax exclusion, but this amount can be shifted between spouses. This $5 million tax exclusion is not just for transfers of wealth upon a person's death however.

Estate planning tips for Georgia women: estate tax exclusions

Estate planning is a matter of financial literacy, but the estate planning field is still primarily dominated by men. Georgia women should make sure that they are at least equally involved in the estate planning process because the consequences of not being involved in the estate planning process are frequently more serious for women than men.

Why a power of attorney is important part of an estate plan

There are many facets of the estate planning process. One of the most important estate planning tools for Georgia residents is called a "power of attorney." A power of attorney allows another person to manage your financial affairs if you become unable to do so.

Wealthy businessman disinherits family through will

Many Georgia residents use wills and trusts to help plan their financial affairs and pass their wealth to family and friends. Although a typical will leaves money to living relatives and a trust may establish an education fund for future generations, one wealthy industrialist's estate plan is providing for his descendents in an unusual manner.

Does the repeal of the estate tax make financial sense?

In our previous post we discussed some of the political infighting surrounding the federal estate tax. Democrats generally want to increase the tax and lower the individual exemption, and republicans generally favor a lower estate tax with a higher individual exemption.

Calls for Trump to comment on estate tax issues

President Obama's birthplace has been an issue ever since he first began campaigning. The "birther" issue even prompted the President to release an original copy of his birth certificate to silence political rivals such as Donald Trump. Many political commentators refused to cover the birther stories because of other looming issues such as the budget deficit, the debt ceiling and the estate tax.

Avoiding the costs of Georgia probate with a revocable living trust

You have worked hard to build your estate for your loved ones. Why waste a portion of it to pay for probate? An experienced estate planning attorney can help you avoid the cost, time, and inefficiencies of the probate process by creating a revocable living trust.

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