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Probate Terms You Should Know

Posted by Joel Beck | Jun 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you or someone you know is going through probate to settle the estate of a loved one, you will likely be exposed to some terms that you may have never seen before or don't understand. Probate can be a confusing process, but understanding what some of these terms mean may make the process easie...

What happens to my airline miles and hotel points when I die?

Posted by Joel Beck | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

            It's no secret that people dream about their summer vacation when they are slammed at work or have a long list of to-dos for the week. In fact, some people might even start planning for their vacations in the winter. However, something people don't normally plan for, or even think abo...


Posted by Joel Beck | May 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

          When planning for what happens to our assets after we die, we must look at our family and decide who gets what, if anything at all. Not all our family situations are one-size-fits-all and, in some instances, creating a will is not a simple task to bear when making these decisions. This ...

How Much Can I Give Away Without Incurring Gift Tax Issues?

Posted by Joel Beck | Mar 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Last week we discussed the estate tax, and learned that individuals can shield $12.6 million dollars of their estate from the federal tax at their death. This is good news for the majority of folks whose estate totals far less than $12 million. However, some people prefer to give away portions of...

Do I Need to Worry About Estate Tax Issues?

Posted by Joel Beck | Mar 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

You may have heard the old saying, “Only two things are guaranteed in life; death and taxes.” It's a pretty safe bet that these two realities rank pretty far down the list of your favorite things to think about, but think about them you must, especially when considering your estate plan. Everyo...

Best of Gwinnett 2021

Posted by Unknown | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Thanks to you and your support, Peach State Wills & Trusts is excited to announce that we have once again been named among the best estate planning firms in Gwinnett for 2021 by Gwinnett Magazine's Best of Gwinnett. This is our third consecutive year to receive this honor, and we owe it all t...

The Truth About Revocable Living Trusts: What They Can't Do

Posted by Joel Beck | Feb 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Truth About Revocable Living Trusts: What They CAN'T Do We discussed previously the proliferation of misinformation regarding Revocable Living Trusts, and why you should carefully do you own research. In the next few blog posts, we are going to discuss some of the most common misconceptions ...

The Truth About Revocable Living Trusts

Posted by Joel Beck | Jan 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is the most misunderstood element of estate planning? In our experience, the answer hands down is the revocable living trust. Why is there so much confusion surrounding revocable living trusts, or RLTs? One of the main reasons is simply a widespread misunderstanding and ignorance of estate ...

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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