Atlanta Wills and Estate Attorney for Every Family
Why do I need an Estate Plan or Will?
Do you own a house? A life insurance plan? A family heirloom? Then you need an estate plan or a will. If you own assets of any kind – no matter how small it may seem to you – know that you have an estate and therefore need an estate plan. Creating an estate plan is also especially important if you have a family or are planning to have one, and want to ensure that they will be taken care of.
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Which Estate Planning Documents Do I Need in Georgia?
Why Should I Start Planning Now?
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How Do I Know Where to Start?
How do I Choose the Right Estate Planning Attorney?
Choosing the right family estate lawyer to carry out your estate planning wishes can be a daunting decision. Having someone on your team who is there for you and your family when you need legal guidance in some of the most important and personal life decisions is very important. Sarah Siedentopf, an Atlanta estate planning attorney, probate attorney, and published estate planning author, has been practicing estate law in Atlanta for over 12 years and she is here to help.
There are a vast array of legal estate planning issues that can arise when making estate related decisions. And while some people may choose to represent themselves and handle their own estate planning without the guidance of an attorney, most would agree that having a qualified attorney by your side is always the best course of action. But how do you go about finding the right estate lawyer for your needs?
By defining your goals, you can figure out exactly what you want to accomplish and create a list. After you have your goals, do your research, ask around, and always check client reviews. There is nothing wrong with having a consultation or interviewing your potential family estate lawyer to see if they are right for you! By following these steps, you will be able to find the best family estate attorney to guide you in the estate planning process!
What are the legal requirements for a will?
The estate laws vary from state to state and you should find an attorney who is knowledgeable about your state laws. Georgia estate laws are unique in a few ways. The person creating a will must be 14 years of age or older. The person creating a will must be competent to create a will. The will has to be in writing and signed by the testator. Furthermore, two witnesses must sign the will. The will should also have a notarized self-proving affidavit if possible.
If you have a family, and you want to ensure that they will be taken care of, it’s especially important to create an estate plan. By doing so, you can make sure that your family won’t have to go through the hassle of hiring a lawyer and that they’ll be able to keep your stuff in the event of your death. And if you live in Atlanta, we urge you to schedule a consultation with Siedentopf Law.
An estate planning attorney’s job is to ensure that the right documents are set into place so you or your family are not stuck with a mess. This can bring enormous stress on an individual after a family member passes away without setting up a proper estate plan. Let us guide you to create an estate plan that will protect you, your family, and your assets. Trust me, you DO NOT want the state to determine what happens to your estate.
What is the difference between a trust and a will?
A trust is a legal arrangement in which one person (the trustee) holds property on behalf of another person (the beneficiary). The trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the beneficiary, and the property is usually managed by a professional trustee such as a bank or an attorney. Trusts can be used for a variety of purposes, including avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, and protecting assets from creditors.
A will on the other hand is a legal document that details how a person’s assets will be distributed after their death. Having a will in place can help to ensure that family members are taken care of and that property is allocated according to the deceased’s wishes. Creating a will can be done with the assistance of an estate planning attorney. For families in Atlanta, GA, there are numerous estate lawyers who can assist with the creation of a will. Give our team a call at Siedentopf Law and we can certainly help in the creation of your estate plan or will.