Wills and drafting mistakes

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Monday, July 10, 2017. Many Georgia residents draft their own wills. However, they should be aware of which mistakes to avoid so that their preferences are honored after they die. One is failing to name all immediate relatives or those who would…

Reasons to discuss your estate plans with your family

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in blog on Thursday, July 6, 2017. You may not look forward to discussing your estate plans and instructions for your end-of-life care with your family in Georgia, but it is one of the most important conversations you can have with them. Talking to them now…

Types of charitable trusts

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Monday, July 3, 2017. Georgia residents who wish to leave a portion of their estate to a charity might want to use a charitable split-interest trust. This type of trust provides an income for the beneficiary as well as supporting a charity.…

IRA trusts as part of an estate plan

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Monday, June 26, 2017. When Georgia residents have worked all their lives to build up a sizable estate, they may worry their heirs may not be good money managers or will fritter away their inheritances in a short while. There are, however,…

Keeping a power of attorney current

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Georgia residents who have prepared medical or financial powers of attorney might want to review them with an attorney to make sure they are still current. Starting in 1993 with the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act, there have…

Strategies to create a stronger estate plan

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. An estate plan may provide several benefits to Georgia adults. For instance, it may help them limit the burden of estate taxes or provide greater control over where assets go after death. It may also make the process…

Estate planning strategies for a blended family

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Friday, June 9, 2017. Remarriages and blended families are common in Georgia, but many of those involved are unaware of how to deal with pitfalls in finances and the law. The management of an estate and and naming of beneficiaries, as well…

4 basic requirements for Georgia wills

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in blog on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. If you wish to apportion your estate through a will in Georgia, you can reduce the risk of potential challenges by making sure to comply with technical requirements. Georgia law sets out four main requirements for a valid will.…

What trusts can do that wills cannot

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Friday, June 2, 2017. People in Georgia who are creating estate plans may wonder whether they should use trusts instead. A trust may offer a number of advantages over a will, one of which is avoiding the potentially costly and lengthy probate…

Why letters of final wishes are important

On behalf ESTATE PLANNING LAW GROUP OF GEORGIA, James M. Miskell P.C. posted in estate planning on Monday, May 22, 2017. While attorneys may draft wills, powers of attorney and trusts, Georgia estate holders must write their own letters of final wishes. A letter of final wishes gives a testator’s family members, close friends and trusted colleagues information that…