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Articles and Videos With 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, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships and Conservatorships, and More by Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia, Estate Planning Lawyer Steve Worrall

Using Real Estate Deeds in Estate Planning

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

When using trusts in estate planning, a key element includes transferring the trustmaker's real estate into the trust by recording a deed with the local recording authority. This step is crucial for ensuring that the trustee has the authority to manage and ultimately sell or transfer the prop...

Springing Financial Powers of Attorney

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate planning in Marietta is about more than preparing for the inevitable. A good estate plan should also consider the unexpected. Your plan may have detailed instructions for what happens when you are no longer around, but what if something goes wrong while you are alive? If you can no lo...

A Priceless Valentine's Gift In Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Marietta GA Estate Planning Lawyer suggests the Ultimate Gift of Love for your family: an up-to-date estate plan! With budgets tight and uncertainty in the air, this Valentine's Day is the perfect time to give your loved one a priceless gift that never grows old — financial security. Sure, yo...

Five Goals You Can Accomplish with an Estate Plan

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate planning has five major purposes, one or more of which will surely apply to you. With a good estate plan you can: 1. Designate how your assets are to be distributed among beneficiaries after you die. 2. Avoid or minimize the delays and expense of probate. 3. Appoint a guardian for your minor children and a person to manage the children’s assets. 4. Provide for the possibility that you will become incapacitated and unable to manage your finances or make medical and other decisions for yourself. 5. Eliminate or minimize estate taxes.

Four Reasons for Avoiding Probate

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Avoiding Probate. Probate, the court-supervised process of distributing your estate, can be time-consuming and expensive. You can minimize the assets that need to pass through probate or eliminate probate altogether by using certain devices such as: Revocable living trusts. Joint tenancie...

5 Reasons to Include a Trust in Your Estate Plan

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

A revocable living trust is a trust that you create to hold your property while you are alive and to distribute it among your beneficiaries on your death. The three main reasons for using a living trust (rather than a will) as the central feature of your estate plan are to (1) avoid probate, ...

Georgia Estate Plan - What is the Purpose of Probate?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

WHAT IS PROBATE? Probate is the legal process for settling an estate after someone has died. It is also known as estate administration.The main purpose of probate is to provide inheritors of a deceased person's property with clear title to the property. During probate, the decedent's personal...

Who Can Make a Will?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Q: WHO CAN MAKE A WILL? A. Any individual can make a will so long as he or she is of legal age (in most states 18 years of age; in Georgia you can make a will at the age of 14)) and is mentally competent. In other words, a person needs to know and understand that he or she is executing a will and...

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...

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