March 2012 Archives

Charitable giving involves both heart and head

Charitable giving is something some people want to fit into their estate plan. For some, it makes up a large aspect of their plan. For others, it is one consideration among many. Among the more recent charitable causes to become popular is that by nonprofit Invisible Children called 2012. The effort seeks to bring a Ugandan rebel to justice for violations of international law protecting children. Luckily, there are as many possibilities for charitable giving as there are people.

Life insurance useful in special needs planning

Those who have special needs children know that caring for such a child can be a challenge. The range of disabilities varies greatly, and so do the specific needs each of these children. When it comes to planning for the future of these children, there are additional matters to think about, including how to provide financial assistance for a special needs child without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits.

Monroe makeup artist's estate auctions rare photos

Marilyn Monroe is one of Hollywood's most enduring and tragic stars. Even after her death, her estate had issues settling who would receive her assets and possessions. Now, Monroe's personal makeup artist's estate is taking action to sell some photographs he took of her. Though this story is without any disputes, it does shed perspective on issues surrounding estate planning for Georgia families considering this important process.

Eliminate confusion with a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement

When it comes to couples who bring both separate property and assets into a marriage as well as children from a previous relationship how do you go about protecting each member of your extended family in the event of a death or divorce? Northern Georgia residents might be interested in a recent column that answered a reader's question on the need for estate planning and a prenuptial agreement in just such circumstances.

Whitney Houston leaves everything to daughter Bobbi Kristina

Our readers have already heard about the recent tragic death of pop star Whitney Houston. From the looks of it, there may be some turbulence for the late entertainer's estate, which has passed in its entirety to her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina by her will.

Non-citizens need to plan ahead, consider tax consequences

Property located in the United States-including real estate, art, jewelry and stock-is generally taxable at death under estate tax law, and estate planning attorneys have as one of their core goals to reduce estate tax liability for their clients. They do this by crafting estate plans that avoid or minimize the amount of taxes owed. For non-citizens who wish to pass their wealth on to their children, though, this can be a more difficult task.

FBI catches man who allegedly swindled nuns into paying "probate costs"

On Monday, the FBI captured a man who has been charged with 14 federal fraud counts connected to a scam in which he allegedly defrauded a number of individuals. Among the victims in the scam were 24 members of the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima.

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