Have you ever thought about trying a do-it-yourself estate planning package? These days, you can find a fill-in-the-blank form online that is ready to print online or can even pickup a pre-printed form at your neighborhood office supply store. While those pre-printed forms may be convenient, the unfortunate reality is that when estate planning documents…

One of the many shortcomings of probate law is how to deal with alleged “promises” to leave a loved one something as part of one’s estate. The typically scenario involves an elderly or sick individual promising to leave something of value to their caretaker in exchange for the caretaking services. In Georgia, there are a…

While establishing your Last Will and Testament or Inter Vivos Trust Agreement is an important step in creating an effective estate plan, there are other tasks that are equally important. In some situations, people forget to update the beneficiary selections to be consistent with their overall estate plan. At Durden & Mills, PC, we have…

The short answer is Yes! There are a few methods to revoke a will, but the testator (the person who signed the will) must have testamentary capacity in order for the revocation to be effective. Revocation by New Last Will and Testament Most typically, a valid Last Will and Testament is revoked by executing a…

It’s important to remember that after you have established your estate plan and actually executed your estate planning documents (i.e. Last Will and Testament, Health Care Advance Directive, Financial Power of Attorney and possibly an Inter Vivos Trust Agreement), changes in your life circumstances may necessitate revisions to your estate plan. At Durden & Mills,…

For most people, their most significant asset is their residence. Typically, once a person reaches the age of retirement their home has substantial equity and hopefully not a huge mortgage. In some situations, parents may consider transferring their residence to their children in advance of their death in an effort to avoid probate issues and…

IRA Beneficiary designation is important for many reasons, but for many people, establishing beneficiaries for your IRA is not something that ranks high on your list of things to do. Conservative estimates suggest that Americans hold nearly $15 Trillion in IRA’s and other qualified retirement plans. Quite often, an individual’s IRA is the largest financial…

Long term care insurance is not just for those persons getting close the retirement age.  Recently, a growing number of young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are obtaining long-term care insurance. The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance released a study that found a 28 year old who had been receiving benefits from his…

Due to the current economic downturn, many elders have experienced difficulty in paying their monthly expenses. In fact, some studies suggest that more than half of all older households have insufficient income to meet their basic living expenses. As a result, many baby boomers are withdrawing the equity from their home through the use of…

If you have a parent or other family member who suffers from a physical or mental disability which interferes with their ability to make appropriate decisions concerning their welfare and finances, you may need to consider filing a petition with the local probate court to be appointed as a Guardian and/or Conservator. In Georgia, a…

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