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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

What If I Can't Find My Loved One's Documents?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

If a loved one has recently died or become mentally incapacitated, finding the person's estate planning documents is essential. The estate planning process and associated documents are critical to making decisions on the loved one's behalf, gaining access to accounts, and discovering your dec...

Does Your Estate Plan Cover a Pandemic?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave name to the disease-causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus disease 2019 shortly after became known by its abbreviation, CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and 19 for the year of the outbreak; COVID-1...

What If No One Wants My Stuff?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Feb 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

A critical question to ask yourself when creating an estate plan is who will get your stuff when you pass on? While most people think about who they would like to receive the major items—homes, retirement accounts, savings—personal property such as jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, vehicle...

Estate Planning is Like Building a Snowman

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

A complete estate plan must include certain essential parts. In fact, it is similar to building a snowman in some respects. The traditional snowman has several critical components: bottom, middle, and top snowballs, as well as “arms” and a “face.” If any of these are left out, the snowman can...

The Importance of a Successor Trustee

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

An estate plan that includes a revocable living trust is an excellent way to protect yourself and your loved ones upon your passing or in the event you are unable to manage your own affairs. As opposed to other estate planning options, a revocable living trust gives you the ability to keep co...

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 ...

Leaving Property to Children in a Will

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

I read that when making a will, I could leave my property to my children “per stripes.” Why is the law talking about us like we're some kind of zebra?  The phrase is Latin and it is “per stirpes,” not “per stripes.” Some bits of property law are extremely ancient in origin and this is one of...

Thirteen Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Estate planning—it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do. Estate planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing guardians for minor childr...

Guardianship and Conservatorship Videos

Posted by Steve Worrall | Oct 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

View videos explaining the responsibilities and details of Guardianships and Conservatorships. Adults Guardianship and Conservatorship of Adults Video (English) Guardianship and Conservatorship of Adults Video (Spanish)   Minors Conservatorship of Minors Video (English) ...

The Top Ten Myths About Risks for Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Steve Worrall | Sep 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Polling shows that the number one worry for Americans as they age is memory loss, outpacing fears of insufficient monies, and loneliness. The most prevalent among all dementia is Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures Report, Alzheimer's accounts for an ...

Keep Your Estate Plan Current

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

You should check your estate planning documents every so often, to make sure they're still good, especially with big life changes like births, marriages, divorces, and moving to another state. Children grow up, marriages dissolve, property gets sold, residences change. That's why we recommend t...

Lattes and Legacies - Wills of Our Founding Fathers

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jul 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Happy Independence Day! 2020 For today's episode of ☕ Lattes and Legacies ⚖️, a short presentation on the wills of some of our founding fathers.  If you are on Facebook, for more videos like this, please join our Facebook Group, ☕ Lattes and Legacies ⚖️ As we grow the audience, I will be posting...

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