On March 13th it will be time to "spring forward" with the change to Daylight Saving Time. While it's no fun losing an hour of sleep, it is always a nice reminder the long days of summer are ahead.
While we hate to think of our children dealing with the pain of divorce, unfortunately, it does happen. Of course, everyone knows one of the hardest parts of a divorce is dividing assets. It's messy, painful, and can feel like salt in an open wound...
The landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country, raises issues that should be discussed with a good marriage and estate planning lawyer in Georgia. Due to same sex couples' prior inability to marry legally under the laws of their State, many same sex couples now planning to marry are typically older than the average newlywed couple. One important issue to consider under these facts is Social Security.
As you gather important documents and prepare to square up financially this year with Uncle Sam, why not give a quick 'tax-time' time audit to your estate plan, too?
If you co-own your home, it is vitally important to know exactly HOW that ownership is held. Why? Most people think that if they own property together and one of them dies, the deceased person's ownership interest automatically goes to the survivor. Sadly, it's not that simple. In order for title to pass automatically to the survivor, the ownership must be held as Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship (JTWROS). Those are your magic words.
The novelty Christmas song, " Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," was written by Randy Brooks and originally recorded by the husband-and-wife duo of Elmo and Patsy in 1979. According to the song, the family matriarch gets intoxicated from imbibing too much eggnog. Then, having forgotten to take her medication and ignoring warnings from her family, staggers outside into a snowstorm. On her way, she is trampled by Santa Claus and his reindeer. At the next day's Christmas gathering: "all the family's dressed in black" while the widower acts as if nothing's happened, drinks beer, watches football and plays "cards with cousin Mel."The song ends as a cautionary tale that Santa, "a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves," is unfit to carry a driver's license, and that the listener should beware. In short, Santa is a menace to society.
Tonight's post on using the holidays to prompt conversations about long term care was written by our Elder Law attorney, Steve Worrall.
Tonight's post about locating assets when a loved on dies was written by our Georgia Probate attorney, Steve Worrall.
Tonight's post was written by Georgia's Wills, Trusts and Estates Guru, Steve Worrall.
Tonight's post about Guardianship for Minors was written by our Wills, Trusts and Estates Guru, Steve Worall.