Estate Planning Attorneys Prepare Wills and Trusts in Georgia
Wills and trusts are the cornerstones of an estate plan
The estate planning attorneys at Dyer & Rusbridge, P.C. have more than 50 years’ combined experience preparing wills and setting up trusts for clients throughout Georgia. A will allows you to decide how your loved ones will be taken care of when you can no longer care for them. A trust ensures that your assets will be managed and distributed in the way that makes the most sense for your family. Our personable estate planning attorneys take the time to carefully explain your options, so you can make decisions that give you peace of mind.
Why everyone in Georgia should have a will
Everyone with assets — a home, a bank account, a vehicle — should have an estate plan. In Georgia, anyone who is mentally competent and older than age 14 can sign a will. Under Georgia law, your estate is settled in one of two ways:
- By the terms of your will, or
- By Georgia’s laws of intestacy
Intestacy laws govern your estate when you don’t have a will. If you die intestate — that is, without a will —a court determines who gets your property.
Strategically preparing wills and trusts in Georgia
We work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy for ensuring the orderly distribution of your estate. Our trust attorneys begin by reviewing your assets and goals. After discussing your options, we prepare some or all of the following based on your individual needs:
- Wills: In a last will and testament, a person — called the testator — appoints a person or institution to manage his or her estate and specifies how the property should be distributed at death.
- Trusts: Trusts are flexible planning vehicles that can help you manage your assets while you are alive and then transfer them to your beneficiaries. The person who creates the trust is called the settlor. In a trust, some or all of the settlor’s property is transferred to a trustee, who holds the property for the benefit of the settlor’s beneficiaries. Many estate plans involve a trust as well as a will.
- Powers of attorney: If you become incapacitated, a power of attorney allows someone you trust to make legal decisions on your behalf. The person who signs the power of attorney — which must be done while you are still mentally competent — is called the principal or grantor. The person who is authorized to act on behalf of the principal or grantor is called the agent or attorney-in-fact.
- Advance directives: In Georgia, an advance healthcare directive generally combines a healthcare power of attorney, a living will and a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) consent form in one document, allowing you to name an agent to manage your medical treatment if you become unable to do so.
Contact experienced Georgia wills and trusts attorneys
If you would like create a will or trust, contact us online or by phone at 770-450-5733 to schedule a consultation. Dyer and Rusbridge, P.C. serves clients in Cherokee County from our offices in the heart of Historic Downtown Canton. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with other times available by appointment. There is a fee for the initial consultation. In certain cases, we offer alternative fee arrangements, including flat rates for some services.