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The Hero He Didn’t Show. The Hero I Came to Know. A Eulogy for My Father, Charles Robert “Bob” Worrall: April 29, 1925 - January 8, 2013

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

  It's been nine years since my father passed. I wanted to repost this, my eulogy to him, on this anniversary date. My Dad was a hero. Now, not just your ordinary, average, everyday hero, mind you. Oh, he was that, to be sure. But he was so much more. As I was growing up, there was the hero...

Estate Planning Is About Creating Your Legacy

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Most people think of estate planning as the process to deal with your “stuff” when you are gone. Estate planning attorneys certainly help their clients create legal documents such as wills and trusts to ensure their clients' wishes are honored and that assets are transferred to loved ones in a ...

Why receiving an inheritance changes your estate plan

Posted by Steve Worrall | Nov 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Receiving an inheritance is a huge blessing but, if not handled properly, can also become a curse. Often times, the inheritor does not know what to do with the new asset and runs into financial trouble, squandering most, if not all of it. This could happen due to the inheritor having outstand...

Estate Planning for Military Families

Posted by Steve Worrall | Nov 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

No matter the time of year, it is always a good opportunity for members of the military and their loved ones to consider setting up — or revising an existing —estate plan. Military families need to consider special estate-planning issues that others do not. This is particularly true when one or...

Common Estate Planning Traps

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

The presence of a comprehensive estate plan or the absence of one can make the difference between lessening the burden on loved ones or adding additional grief for them down the road. The lack of an estate plan or a poorly-planned estate plan could mean that taxes and fees eat deeply into the ...

Estate Planning Awareness Week is Here!

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

October 18-24, 2021 is Estate Planning Awareness Week. Now that summer vacation is over and the kids are back in school, it is a great time to review or move forward with your estate planning. Because an estate plan is not just a single document but rather a comprehensive set of several legal...

What Does an Executor Do? | Marietta Probate Attorney

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

An Executor of an estate is simply the person who is designated to carry out the wishes set forth in the decedent's will. This person also has the responsibility of finishing up the decedent's final affairs, such as paying outstanding bills and taxes. An Executor is usually named by the deceden...

What Estate Planning Awareness Week Means For You

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The third week of October is National Estate Planning Awareness Week (Oct. 18-24, 2021). Estate planning is important for everyone regardless of wealth or family status because if you become incapacitated or pass away without an estate plan, you are leaving the distribution of your assets sub...

Do I Need A New Estate Plan If I Move to a New State?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

If I had to pick one question that I am asked the most, I'd have to say this one ranks way up there… Do I need a new estate plan if I move out of Georgia? Just like the answer to most estate planning questions, the answer is “it depends.” However, this one has a pretty simple explanation.  A...

Marietta Estate Lawyer Answers, “Won’t Leaving an Inheritance to My Child with Special Needs Help More Over the Long-Term Than SSI or Other Benefits?”

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a Marietta estate lawyer, when I meet with parents to start the process of creating a special needs plan for their child with disabilities, I almost always advise against leaving any type of inheritance outright to the child when mom or dad passes away. This can come as a shock to parents, ...

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