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Estate Planning Considerations for Second Marriages/Blended Families

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There are a number of considerations when creating an estate plan, and the final arrangement invariably involves some amount of compromise. Even the most carefully created estate plan will need adjustments as life changes and alters the meaning or intent of the original plan. Some life changes create a huge shift in priorities and… Read More »

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Estate Planning and Asset Protection

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Creating a nest egg large enough to provide financial security to future generations is a great accomplishment. However, determining how to protect these assets from creditors and other third parties (so loved ones actually receive the benefit of this hard work) takes advance planning and working with knowledgeable asset protection attorneys. Drafting a simple… Read More »

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Bill Aimed at Simplifying Process of Amending Irrevocable Trusts Tabled Until Next Year

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A series of laws were introduced in the Georgia assembly this year that, if passed, could have a substantial impact on the process of amending Georgia irrevocable trusts. One of these bills, House Bill 121, was tabled for 2017; but it will be reintroduced in the House in 2018, the second year of a… Read More »

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Establishing a Charitable Remainder Trust

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There are many considerations for testators when deciding how to distribute their assets at death. Once a testator decides who is to inherit their assets, the next question is how to accomplish the bequests – whether through a will or the creation of a trust. Many testators, after leaving some of their property to… Read More »

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Creating a Last Will and Testament

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Contemplating one’s death can be uncomfortable, but it is crucial to have the conversation and create an estate plan to ensure loved ones are provided for in the event of an accident or untimely death. Those who fail to create a will or establish a living trust no longer get to choose who inherits… Read More »

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How to Manage a Windfall

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Coming into a large sum of money (whether from an inheritance, a gift or a legal settlement) is a good thing, but it can also have its down sides. A study of Florida lottery winners found that more than five percent of winners declared bankruptcy within five years. Managing a windfall responsibly — with… Read More »

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The Importance of Reviewing (and Updating) Your Estate Plan

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You have an estate plan; you probably even remember creating it. Making the decisions and pulling together the documents was probably time consuming and tedious. The initial process of creating an estate plan can be so painful and involved that people may avoid reviewing it again for years. Life events such as marriage, separation,… Read More »

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GA Has a New UPOAA Effective July 1, 2017

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Georgia has adopted a new Power of Attorney Act that goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The new Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) replaces Georgia’s prior statutory Power of Attorney form and makes other significant changes to the law. Powers of Attorney executed prior to July 1, 2017 will remain valid; however,… Read More »

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Going on Vacation? Do Not Leave Home Without Estate Planning.

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School is out for the summer and many families are packing for a trip to the beach or heading to the airport for a long-awaited vacation. This extra time with our families reminds us of what is really important in life and it should also prompt us to take measures to provide for them… Read More »

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Potential Changes to Federal Tax Laws Should Not Stall Your Planning

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MendenFreiman was an Executive Sponsor at the 11th Annual Balser Symposium which took place on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Georgia Tech Learning Center. Historically, the Balser Symposium for professional advisors focuses on the technical and sophisticated ways that clients can integrate philanthropy into their financial planning. Per tradition, Erev Balser, a small,… Read More »

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