You’ve worked hard for yourself and your loved ones your whole life. You sacrificed, planned, saved, and succeeded. As a result, you have money, property, and other assets.

Now, you want to ensure your estate is distributed fairly to friends and family. You also might want to make sure minor children have a guardian if something happens to you and your spouse.

If you don’t do proper estate planning with the help of an experienced law firm, much of your hard work can be turned over to Uncle Sam.

Experienced estate planning lawyers have many tools to help with Georgia estate planning. Your attorney can assist with a living trust, wills, and advance directives wherever you are in Georgia.

Estate Planning Laws in Georgia

Georgia state law lays out several ways to safeguard your estate.

Advance Directives of Health Care

Sometimes people get ill enough that they can’t make their own healthcare decision. With an advanced directive, you can make your health-related wishes known ahead of time.

Your Atlanta estate planning attorney can appoint a health care agent and get you treatment as your will states, even if you cannot make your own decisions at the end of your life.

Power of Attorney

Power of attorney is another essential tool explained in Georgia law. You can nominate someone to be your legal representative, and that individual can make all vital decisions in your place. Depending on the guidelines you lay out in your estate plan, they can make most decisions for you.

There is a financial and medical power of attorney. Your power of attorney will have the final say depending on how you plan things. A power of attorney can be a spouse, sibling, child, or friend.

Revocable Living Trust

When you’re alive, you and your lawyer can plan the division of assets among your loved ones and friends. No probate process is needed with a revocable living trust. This legal option lets you decide who gets your assets and how much after you pass away.

Putting your assets in a living trust means skirting a possibly long and expensive probate process.

Last Will

A trusted estate planning lawyer in Atlanta can help you divide your assets. Then you can state how you want your assets divided.

To file a will in Georgia, these are the requirements:

  • You must be at least 14.
  • You have to be mentally stable and can make decisions.
  • It is not allowed to finalize a will under undue pressure.

Why You Need an Atlanta Estate Planning Attorney

It might be tempting to go it alone with estate planning. But who doesn’t want to save on those attorney fees?

However, the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning are many. Let’s review a few.

The Complexities of Estate Planning

The more complex your estate and assets, the more legal documents there will be, and therefore the better it is to hire an attorney.

There are many matters to consider when doing estate planning:

  • Children and spouses from earlier marriages
  • Business succession planning
  • How to handle real estate and properties out of state
  • Disabled and minor heirs
  • Retirement funds
  • Tax issues
  • Charitable giving

A DIY estate planning form may not cover those complexities. But your Atlanta estate planning attorney can handle these matters and provide the legal services you need.

Different State Laws

All states have different laws for estate planning. The rules deal with who can and cannot be in a trust or will. Laws also vary on who you can name as your financial or healthcare power of attorney.

Your attorney will also be updated on every recent update to Georgia estate laws.

What Can Go Wrong in Georgia Estate Planning

Without an estate planning attorney, a lot of things can go wrong:

  • Financial procrastination until it’s too late
  • Outdated wills and forms
  • Not titling a trust
  • Improper planning leads to triggering the estate tax
  • Having children as joint owners of assets

Your attorney can help you avoid these pitfalls. That way, you can leave more of your estate to your heirs.

Contact Us to Talk to an Atlanta Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning is essential to protect your loved ones from living and death probate. A skilled Atlanta estate planning attorney also can provide peace of mind by minimizing or eliminating federal estate taxes.

Schedule a consultation to discuss your Georgia estate planning case. We’ll game out your estate planning options and recommend the best strategy.


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Each case is different, but we can share what clients typically struggle with when they make their initial calls to us:

  • My Spouse Wants a Divorce
  • My Marriage Has Fallen Apart And Cannot Be Fixed
  • I Am Expecting a Child Out Of Wedlock
  • I Have Fallen Behind on Child Support Due to Unemployment or salary reduction
  • My Circumstances Have Changed Drastically And Think A Change Of Custody Is Warranted
  • My Ex Announced They Want to Move Away and Take Our Child

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At Edwards Family Law, we understand that your life, family, livelihood and legacy are important to you. They are important to us as well. We are committed to doing everything possible to make sure your identity is respected and that your dignity is preserved at all times throughout the process.

The law prohibits us from guaranteeing the outcome of your case. But, it does not prohibit us from guaranteeing the service you receive. We promise to provide you with the very best in customer service and client relations. We have codified our commitment in our Ten Commandments. If, at any time during your case, we fail to deliver on any of our Ten Commandments, please let us know. We will apologize for our mistake and do what is necessary to fix the problem.

What You Can Expect From Your Experience With Edwards Family Law

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    What You Can Expect From Your Experience With Edwards Family Law
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    Clients are not an interruption of our work. They are the purpose of it.
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    Clients will not be charged for calls to their attorney. Each client shall receive aggressive representation combined with incomparable guidance and counsel.
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    Our clients are not just a name on a file. We will present each client with an honest assessment of all options that can provide them the best chance of success.
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    Our firm will attend all conferences and Continuing Learning Education Seminars that relate to the practice of Family Law, to ensure that we have access to the most current case law that can affect the lives of you and your family.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are beneficiary designations?

It’s possible to avoid expensive probate administration processes when transferring some assets when you die by using beneficiary designations. Laws vary on the assets that can be transferred without the probate process.

Do I need a revocable living trust?

Do you have a titled asset, such as a home? Do you want your loved ones to avoid court headaches if you die? You may want to talk to an attorney at our experienced law firm about a revocable living trust.

Can my will in Georgia be contested?

In some cases, yes. It can be contested if there was an undue influence when you made the will or if it wasn’t properly executed.


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