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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

Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Planning

Posted by Steve Worrall | Sep 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it's not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with the planning requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought can stop many people right in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qual...

Your Fall “Legal Affairs” Checklist

Posted by Steve Worrall | Sep 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

With the fall season here, it's an excellent time to review your affairs. Below is a checklist to ensure your planning meets your needs and is up-to-date: When was your power of attorney last updated? A power of attorney is a valuable legal document, no matter what the circumstance. Not o...

Deeper Dive into Advance Healthcare Directives

Posted by Steve Worrall | Sep 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

When it comes to your healthcare, especially during these uncertain times, you need to ensure that two estate planning documents in particular are up to date. The first is your healthcare power of attorney. This document allows you to name a person to make medical decisions on your behalf or ...

What is Elder Law?

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

There are many areas of law an attorney can focus on — litigation, bankruptcy law, criminal law, real estate law, environmental law, health care law — the list seems endless. Some areas of law are probably familiar to you, such as family law. You know that if you need a divorce or have a child...

Successor Trustee Compensation

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

Asking someone to serve as your fiduciary (trustee of your trust or personal representative or executor under your last will and testament) is not something that you should take lightly. Serving as a fiduciary is a heavy responsibility that requires significant time and effort. If you plan to n...

Can a Beneficiary Also Be a Trustee of a Trust?

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

Clients often naturally choose their children to be beneficiaries of their revocable living trusts. Many clients also wish to name one or more of their children as the trustee of that trust, but are not sure if that is allowed by the law. The short answer is yes, a beneficiary can also be a t...

How Can Remarriage Affect Your Estate Planning?

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

Divorce is more common now than it was in the past, as is remarriage. Depending on how long a prior marriage lasted, the former couple may have engaged in certain levels of estate planning together. When that is the case, it is important to understand how a subsequent marriage can impact the ...

Four Common Myths about Estate Planning

Posted by Steve Worrall | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

1) Myth: My spouse can make all of my healthcare and financial decisions because he/she is my spouse. Reality: This is not always the case. To make sure your spouse can indeed make important medical decisions on your behalf, you should sign a durable power of attorney and a medical advance d...

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

Posted by Steve Worrall | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us don't take the steps to have an estate plan prepared because we don't understand the nuances between wills and trusts – and dying without either. Here's what will generally happen if you die, in...

How to Choose a Guardian for Yourself

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

Every day we make hundreds of decisions from what to eat for breakfast to where we go on vacation.  With each passing day, there are more choices to be made.  But, what will happen if you can't make decisions for yourself?  Before that time comes, there is one important decision you need to m...

What to Know If Your Deceased Loved One Owned Firearms

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

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), from 1986 through 2018, tens of millions of firearms were both manufactured in and imported into the United States.[1] Where are those guns today? They are most likely filling gun safes, closets, nightstands, and desk...

What Happens to Your Business When You Die

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

You spend a significant part of your life building your business, and it becomes a major part of your legacy. But when you die, everything you have built could fall apart if you have not taken the time to create a business succession plan. Without a plan in place, your business's fate may be de...

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