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Qualified Atlanta Lawyers at The Manely Firm, P.C.
Having represented clients in both Georgia and U.S. Supreme Courts, our
lawyers have experience handling an array legal matters for clients throughout
the state. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the best
possible representation. Offering flat fees and free initial case consultations,
we make it simple for our clients to get the help they need.
Wills, Trust & Estate Planning
For more than two decades, our Atlanta-based law firm has been helping
Georgia families create comprehensive estate plans customized to their
unique needs. With so many types of wills and trusts available, our attorneys
will work closely with you to determine which tools will help you effectively
achieve your estate planning goals.
Some common goals we help our clients achieve include:
- Protecting assets and property
- Designating beneficiaries
- Making known medical wishes
- Taking account of tax consequences involved in property transfer
- Providing for a disabled child or vulnerable adult
- Avoiding probate
Over the years our attorneys have helped thousands of families create and
appoint varying wills, trusts and powers of attorney. We can help you
understand estate planning strategies and which ones are most beneficial
for your family. If your family is in transition, we can help you figure
out wealth management to protect your assets and your property to provide
for children, stepchildren, grandparents, grandchildren, etc.
If you leave your assets to your loved ones with a will, everything you
own is going to pass through probate. The probate process is expensive,
takes a lot of time and is on public record. If you plan ahead properly,
your assets can pass on to your loved ones without going through probate,
in a manner that is faster, less expensive and completely private.
The probate court, with a judge who does not know you and does not know
your family, stays in control of the process until the estate has been
completely settled and distributed. If you are married and have children,
you want to make certain your surviving family has immediate access to
cash to pay for living expenses while your estate is being settled.
It is not uncommon for the probate court to freeze your assets for weeks
or even months while your executor is working to make the proper disposition
of your estate. Your surviving spouse may be forced to apply to the probate
court for support to get access to cash needed to pay the family's
current living expenses.
Designating a Guardian for Medical Care
If you become incapacitated and not able to manage your own financial affairs,
you might mistakenly think, as a lot of folks do, your spouse or adult
children can automatically step in and take over for you in handling your
personal and medical care. The shocking truth is that for others to be
able to manage your care, they have to first petition the probate court
to have you declared legally incompetent and appoint a guardian to manage
your personal care.
If you are incapacitated, you should create a plan for your medical care.
Georgia law allows you to appoint someone you trust, such as a family
member or close friend, to make decisions for you about your medical treatment
options in the event you lose the ability to make those decisions for
yourself. You can do this by creating an Advance Directive for Health
Care, in which you select the person to make such decisions. This document
also contains language formerly used in a living will, which informs others
of your preferred medical treatments in case you are ever in a persistent
vegetative state or become terminally ill.
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The Georgia lawyers at The Manely Firm, P.C. seek to exceed our clients’
expectations, no matter how complicated the case may be. We analyze the
details of your case, put together a solid plan, and help you to execute
a legal strategy that can work towards your benefit.
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