A change in housing requires careful consideration for seniors

It goes without saying that some of the more difficult conversations that those people with senior parents will ever have are those that focus on whether it’s time for them to give up certain activities or lifestyle choices owing to their diminished abilities or an underlying health condition. Some examples of these conversations might include whether it’s time to stop driving, whether it’s time to give up certain Read More

3 times when you will want to revisit your long-term care plans

Readers of this blog should understand that the creation of long-term care and estate planning documents can be crucial for people who want to protect their wishes and assets.  If you already have a will, power of attorney and/or trust in place, you have tackled major aspects of planning for your future. However, to make sure these documents and wishes continue to be relevant and enforceable, it can be crucial that Read More

Update your estate plan to reflect life events

Life changes on a constant basis. Relationships change, families change, work and careers change. You need to make sure your estate plan changes, too, to reflect the ebbs and flows of life. Many people make the many critical decisions required to create an estate plan that will protect their loved ones, no matter what happens. They fail to update the plan, however, leaving their estate vulnerable and their loved ones Read More

What do you really know about guardianship and conservatorship? – III

In a series of posts, we’ve been exploring how those faced with the difficult reality of having loved ones who are no longer able to care for themselves either physically or financially will often find themselves exploring whether it’s perhaps time to secure a guardianship and/or a conservatorship. In today’s post, our blog will continue this discussion, examining how the law in Georgia has set forth some Read More

What do you really know about guardianship and conservatorship? – II

Last time, we started discussing how the law here in Georgia provides two legal mechanisms through which families can definitively establish who will care for loved ones who are no longer able to care for themselves. Specifically, we discussed both guardianships and conservatorships. To recap, a guardianship vests an appointed individual with the power to make decisions related to personal health and safety on behalf Read More

How life insurance can present estate planning complications – II

Last time, our blog discussed how certain life events from marriage to the birth of a child often prompt people to take certain actions to prepare for the future, including securing a life insurance policy. We also discussed how even though this was a laudable and practical step, it could present certain complications from an estate planning perspective. Specifically, we explored how the estate tax liability for a Read More

Understanding the truth about trusts

There is no question that estate planning is typically not an easy topic for most people to consider. This is largely because most people are either uncomfortable with the notion of addressing their own mortality, or feel that such measures are unnecessary given what they view as their limited assets and relatively good health. While many people who fall into this category eventually come around and understand the Read More

How life insurance can present estate planning complications

There comes a time in many people’s lives when they decide it’s time to start taking things like their career, finances and even long-term planning a bit more seriously. For many people this happens after marriage, the birth of a child or even the death of a loved one. One of the first objectives of those armed with this sense of purpose is to secure a life insurance policy such that in the event of their untimely Read More