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News and Thoughts on Issues in Georgia Regarding Wills, Living Trusts, Guardianship, Advance Directives, Living Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law and More by Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia, Estate Planning Lawyer Steve Worrall

Marietta Estate Planning Attorney: The Basics of Probate

Posted by Steve Worrall | Apr 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, probate is the legal process of transferring assets from a deceased person to their heirs. It can be stressful, costly, and can take months or even years to complete. Probate is also used to ensure a decedent's outstanding debt is paid to creditors and that assets are distributed ac...

WHAT IS A “MEDICAID ASSET PROTECTION TRUST”?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Mar 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

A trust, in general terms, is nothing but a set of instructions that a Trustmaker gives to a Trustee who agrees to carry out those instructions. A trust may be revocable or irrevocable. A Medicaid Asset Protection Trust is irrevocable but irrevocability does not mean inflexible. After you creat...

Larry King and the Holographic Will

Posted by Steve Worrall | Mar 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Larry King passed away in January due to complications with COVID-19. At the time, he was in the middle of a divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn. His net worth is estimated to be some $144 million. Shawn has been adamant that the pair have had an estate plan in place for many years. However, l...

How I Ring in the New Year

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

I hope this blog post finds you well and excited for a new year. 2020 has been challenging (to say the least), and I'm looking forward to taking some much-needed time off over the holidays to decompress a little.  I'm also planning to spend some time organizing my year-end financials and set...

How to Celebrate Holidays with Seniors During COVID-19

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

It's been quite the year, huh? Since COVID-19 took center stage, families with seniors have been scrambling to find ways to connect with their loved ones. And now, the holidays are upon us. What we really want to do is have a big family celebration where we can all cuddle up and drink hot cocoa...

Getting Ready for 2021

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

This year is quickly coming to a close. For many of us, December 31 cannot come soon enough, as 2020 has been anything but a walk in the park. The first quarter of 2020 brought a worldwide pandemic. Not only did this raise concerns about everyone's health and safety, but it also fundamentally ...

AARP COVID-19 Dashboard for Nursing Homes

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

As COVID-19 continues its rampant spread among nursing home residents and staff, valuable and accurate data pinpointing areas of concern is often rife with haphazard data collection providing skewed information. The most recent Kaiser Family Foundation data analysis indicates that federal polic...

When is Medicaid Crisis Planning Appropriate?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program available to individuals who meet certain asset requirements that help them pay for long-term care (LTC) costs. Long-term care often creates devastating financial impacts on Americans, particularly the elderly, and for those family members who lose ...

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