Estate Planning

 

Arkin.Law provides probate administration, wills, and trusts and estates legal services.  We are experienced serving as trustees, personal representatives, and legal counsel to decedent’s estates, executors, administrators, heirs, and beneficiaries.  We regularly represent clients in both contested and uncontested probate and trust and estate litigation.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs, and our experience, staffing approaches and fees for probate, trust and estate administration, trust and estate litigation, wills, trusts, and estate planning.  Call today.

PROBATE AND TRUST AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

Arkin.Law assists family members, beneficiaries and fiduciaries with the disability or death of a loved one by providing a smooth transition and expert guidance through the ins and outs of the probate, trust administration and tax process.  Our goal is to ensure that our clients are properly advised of their rights and obligations and that the estate or trust is properly and efficiently administered.

Our probate, trust and estate administration services include the following:

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  • Probate and Administration of Wills (i.e., Testate) and Intestate Estates
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Marshaling, Preservation, and Valuation of Estate and Trust Assets
  • Preparation of Estate and Gift Tax Returns
  • Estate and Gift Tax Return IRS Audits
  • Post-mortem Tax and Other Planning
  • Preparation and Settlement of Fiduciaries’ Accounts
  • Representation of Fiduciaries in Administering Trusts
  • Uncontested Will and Trust Construction, Reformation or Termination Proceedings

ESTATE PLANNING

Arkin.Law offers skillful estate planning advice tailored to the particular circumstances of our clients and handles all aspects of the process including the creation, execution, amendment, and revocation of all legal instruments to facilitate and maximize wealth transfer wealth to future generations while minimizing risk and family acrimony.  Each estate plan we prepare is unique because each client’s circumstances and objectives are different.

Our estate planning services include the following:

  • Preparation of Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Living Trusts
  • Wealth Transfer
  • Property Transfer
  • Life Insurance Planning
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Nonprofit Charities and Charitable Giving
  • Private Foundations
  • Planning for Incapacity
  • Georgia Advance Directives for Healthcare
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Planning for Special Needs and Special Needs Trusts

PROBATE AND TRUST AND ESTATE LITIGATION

Arkin.Law also provides probate, contested will, and trust litigation services. These services include advocacy and defense of the following:

  • Intestate and Will Contests
  • Trust Contests
  • Contested Will and Trust Construction, Reformation or Termination Proceedings
  • Suspension or Removal of Fiduciaries
  • Breaches of Fiduciary Duties
  • Mediation and Other Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

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ARE THERE SPECIFIC LAWS WHEN CREATING A WILL?

Yes. The state of Georgia has set laws to govern wills that specify the minimum age of the testator, the medium used to create the will, and other factors such as the number of witnesses required. These stipulations are as follows:

  • Under state law, testators must be 14-years or older
  • There must be at least two witnesses documented on the will
  • Handwritten wills are not recognized by the state - wills must be typed and printed.

Creating a will on your own can be risky and can leave many of your assets unprotected if the will is contested. We can assist you in the process of creating a will and deciding on reliable witnesses for the signing of your will. With our insight, you can feel comfortable knowing your wishes will be executed according to each and every detail you’ve outlined in your will.

WHY SHOULD I CREATE A LIVING TRUST?

The main benefit of creating a living trust is to avoid probate court proceedings; a process that can take time. Because the state of Georgia does not use the standard probate code, having a living trust is a good idea to avoid the probate process and protect assets from certain tax laws.

The process for making a living trust in Georgia is fairly simple, but should only be done with the counsel of an experienced estate planning attorney. In order to make a living trust you must do the following:

  • Create a trust document - this should stipulate who will inherit trust properties and name the person in charge, or the “trustee.”
  • Sign the document in front of a notary public and in the presence of your attorney.
  • Transfer your home, car, land, and any other property to your name as the trustee of the trust.

Though this process may appear simple, we advise that you consult with an estate planning lawyer before signing any document and agreeing to any arrangements.

Having a comprehensive estate plan can also account for a power of attorney and medical directives, in the event that you are in an accident or fall ill. These arrangements should not be made verbally and without thorough consideration.

If you are ready to start planning for your future, call our office today. With the counsel and representation of our expert estate planning lawyers, you can be confident that you have the best plan in place for you and your family’s future. Don’t leave your assets unprotected. Call us now.

Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Atlanta, Georgia and Surrounding Areas

If you are looking to plan for your future, chances are you have considered a will or trust. With our extensive knowledge of estate planning law, we can help you make the best decisions so you can be confident your family is taken care of long after you’re gone. Give your family the peace of mind of a well-planned future. Call today.