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How do I protect my minor children in my estate plan?

Posted by Joel Beck | Dec 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many people think of estate planning as something to be done later in life, after the kids are grown and out of the house and you're nearing retirement. While folks at this stage of life certainly should make sure their planning is complete, we recommend considering your estate plan much earlie...

End of Year Estate Planning Checkup

Posted by Joel Beck | Nov 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

We can hardly believe it, but 2021 is drawing to a close. This is a great time to review your estate plan and consider what planning needs you might need to take care of in 2022 to protect yourself and your loved ones. Take some time in the coming weeks to ask yourself these questions… Do I ...

Vote for Us!

Posted by Joel Beck | Oct 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again! Voting has opened for Gwinnett Magazine's Best of Gwinnett 2021, and Peach State Wills and Trusts needs your help. Thanks to you, we were voted a Best of Gwinnett estate planning law firm in 2019 and 2020. With your support, we're hoping to hold onto th...

Can I Have an Electronic Will in Georgia?

Posted by Joel Beck | Oct 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Technology has revolutionized our society. Even in the last two years, we have seen more and more go digital. From school to work to doctor's appointments and even grocery shopping, many things are now done online from the comfort of our own homes. In an increasingly paperless world, clients so...

Does a Power of Attorney Work After Someone Dies?

Posted by Joel Beck | Sep 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Power of Attorney is an essential document that ensures one's assets, bank accounts, and other financial affairs can be managed by a trusted loved one. But what about after the principal of that POA dies? Can the agent under the POA still manage his or her affairs? The answer is no. The au...

4 Mistakes That Could Invalidate Your Will

Posted by Joel Beck | Sep 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Once your Will has been properly signed and witnessed, your estate plan is officially in place.  You don't need to take it to the courthouse or file it with the state. There's no waiting period for it to take effect.  It won't expire. It is valid, and will remain valid… Unless something happ...

Don't Leave Your Trust Unfunded

Posted by Joel Beck | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

We've discussed the advantages of revocable living trusts before. While (contrary to popular belief) they aren't necessary for everyone here in Georgia, RLTs may be of benefit to those who own property outside of Georgia, have blended families, concerns about asset protection for children, or p...

Estate Planning Attorneys vs. Probate Attorneys

Posted by Joel Beck | Aug 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is the difference between an estate planning attorney and a probate attorney? Many people use the terms interchangeably, but while some attorneys may handle both estate planning and probate matters, these are actually two distinct practice areas. At Peach State Wills and Trusts, we prac...

What If I Don't Know Anyone to Serve as My Executor?

Posted by Joel Beck | Jul 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the most common obstacles to completing one's estate planning is determining who will serve in the roles of Executor, Trustee, Agent, or Guardian. The people who take on these responsibilities will have the authority to manage your probate estate, manage your affairs and make medical d...

What Qualifies as a Will in Georgia?

Posted by Joel Beck | Jul 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

As we've discussed before, many people misunderstand the estate planning process and requirements, especially when it comes to the Last Will and Testament. Misinformation abounds as to what actually qualifies as a Will. The concept is even a popular TV trope. Consider Parks & Rec's Ron Swanson's ...

4 Years of Georgia's Uniform Power of Attorney Act

Posted by Joel Beck | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

On July 4th, residents of all 50 states will celebrate our country's 245th birthday with hamburgers, hotdogs, pool parties, and fireworks displays. In the state of Georgia, July 1st marks another important anniversary, of which most residents will be unaware. On this day four years ago, Georgia...

What is the Self-Proving Affidavit with my Georgia Will?

Posted by Joel Beck | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you sign your Will at Peach State Wills and Trusts, there will be two witnesses in the room with you. The role of these individuals is to witness you sign your Will and sign it themselves as witnesses. In addition, the witnesses also sign a self-proving affidavit along with you. This aff...

Will the State Get My Assets if I Die Without a Will?

Posted by Joel Beck | Jun 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Recently, we discussed common misunderstandings of how the state will distribute one's assets if they die without a Will, but this another question that we frequently hear about intestate succession. Some people are under the impression that if you die without a Will, the state steps in and ...

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