Should You Have a Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?

A trust is one of the most widely used estate planning documents. Georgians use trusts for a variety of estate planning benefits; perhaps the most popular benefit is the ability of the grantor’s (trust creator’s) family to avoid probate. Probate is the long and somewhat-expensive legal process of closing a decedent’s estate.  Not all trusts are created equal. Estate planners have many different types of trusts at Read More

The Role of a Business Lawyer in the Formation Stage

At the startup stage of any business, owners are understandably looking for every opportunity to decrease expenses. Entrepreneurs are keen to only spend money that keeps the lights on for the near future. Because Georgia business owners are not required by law to retain an attorney when starting a company, many view the costs associated with business attorneys as less-than-critical. With so many resources Read More

How Divorce Affects Your Georgia Estate Plan

Many spouses do not know just how much the other spouse has permeated their lives until someone files for divorce. In a divorce, both spouses must disclose seemingly every detail of their lives to the other’s attorney. With so much going on, plenty of spouses forget about updating their wills and estate plans.  An important note here is that, once someone files for divorce in Georgia, a temporary standing order Read More

What Must You Do Before Filing for Divorce in Georgia?

You’ve made up your mind. You’ve done everything reasonable to save your marriage, but it’s become clear that the best thing for you and your kids is to divorce your spouse. How do you get things started? The short answer is to call a quality family law attorney. While that is absolutely the smartest move, you should be aware of some prerequisites, for lack of a better term, before filing for divorce in Read More

Prenuptial Agreements — What Can They Actually Do in Georgia?

As with so many other things in society, millennials are rewriting the rules. With a more equitable workforce (in terms of gender), marrying later in life, and a desire to hold onto hard-earned assets, prenuptial agreements are as popular as ever. It seems fiancés are discovering that prenuptial agreements are useful for more than just the ultra-wealthy.  Functions of Prenuptial Agreements in Georgia The most Read More

Georgia Parents: Not Getting Child Support Like You Should?

The concept is simple: both parents should financially contribute, from each’s ability, to a child’s needs. In many circumstances—after a divorce, or separation of unmarried parents—a legal order needs to be established that ensures the financial security of a particular child or children.  Just because an order for child support is in place does not mean the paying parent will automatically comply. If you are the Read More

What Will Happen to the Business in Your Divorce?

Technically, the business you own is just another asset to be divided during divorce proceedings. A simple, closely held business is a much more complicated asset than a house or vehicle. A company has countless moving parts, including staff, tax obligations and licensing requirements. Not paying close attention to a business can result in its failure. So, while a business is an asset, figuring out how to divide it Read More

Laying Out the Steps in a Georgia Divorce

The unexpected is what makes divorce stressful for many spouses. If you’re about to file, you probably want to know how much it will cost, how long it will take, and what the process actually looks like. While it’s impossible to know both the total cost and timeline of your divorce without a thorough assessment of your situation (most contested divorces can take between several months to over a year), we can provide Read More

Georgia Entrepreneurs: What Do You Need to Do Before Hiring Your First Employee?

There are only so many things you can do and hats you can wear as a business owner. Sooner or later, you must hire an employee to help shoulder the load. While this moment should be celebrated, you also have a lot of work to do before your first hire begins orientation. Tax and Legal Forms There is no shortage of forms you must submit to the IRS, the Georgia Department of Labor, and other agencies. If your Read More

What Does a Trustee Actually Do?

A trust is one of the most common tools estate planners use to efficiently distribute property and assets to heirs and beneficiaries. Most people are familiar with a last will and testament, but the function of a trust and its key parties (grantor, trustee, and beneficiaries) are not always understood. This blog post will focus on the obligations and responsibilities of a trustee. How a Trust Works Again, there Read More