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Estate planning can include digital property

For business owners in Georgia and across the United States, estate planning is particularly important. While wills and trusts are frequently considered in people's personal lives, in many cases, businesses do not receive the estate planning attention that they need to thrive after a principal's passing. Business estate planning can help to reduce estate taxes, deal with a sole proprietorship and transfer a business through a buy-sell agreement.

Three tips to help blended families avoid estate disputes

Estate disputes are not uncommon, particularly amongst blended families. Studies have found that families composed of a step parent and children from a previous marriage are more likely to face a dispute than a traditional, nuclear family.

Estate administration and probate: Anticipating challenges

Because people in Georgia want to ensure that their estates are distributed according to their wishes, they often put a great deal of thought into the creation of an estate plan. However, some potential beneficiaries are often unhappy with the contents of such a plan, causing complications with the estate administration and probate process. While it is not possible to prevent someone from challenging a plan, there are certain safeguards that can be put in place to prevent a challenge from being successful.

Updating an estate plan eases estate administration and probate

Many people in Georgia work their whole lives in order to provide for their families and themselves during their retirement. As a result, some people must then make important decisions regarding the distribution of their assets following their death. However, even those people who have created detailed estate plans need to revisit the plan in order to reduce complications during the estate administration and probate process.

Smoothing the process of estate administration and probate

Most people, if asked, would likely claim to recognize the importance of certain estate planning documents such as a will or trust. However, some couples, for example, who have many assets and accounts in joint accounts may not recognize the need. By taking certain steps in the present, people in Georgia can ease the estate administration and probate process for their beneficiaries in the future.

Estate administration and probate: Wife claims undue influence

As a person in Georgia ages and faces the prospect of his or her immortality, there is often a great deal of reflection regarding his or her legacy. Even when there are detailed plans in place regarding estate administration and probate, disputes can arise, resulting in litigation. Unfortunately, an estranged wife and the trustee of her husband's estate, a bank, are currently locked in such a conflict.

Estate administration and probate: Easing the process for family

Most people in Georgia recognize the importance of the estate planning process. However, in the hustle of life, it is easy to put the task off for another day. Even once a plan is created, it likely needs to be updated periodically to ensure that changing laws and goals are addressed. Working with an experienced professional can often help people ensure that the estate administration and probate process is as smooth as possible for surviving loved ones.

Easing estate administration and probate with a digital plan

There is likely a large number of people in Georgia who pay their bills and manage other types of accounts electronically. This option has several benefits, including helping to reduce paperwork in a person's house, save money and help the environment. However, it can be troublesome during the estate administration and probate process if estate administrators or trustees are not aware of the existence of certain assets and debts and are unable to access them.

Family dispute slows estate administration and probate process

When a beloved family member passes away, surviving loved ones in Georgia are often left wondering how to cope with their loss. Many families are able to come together to mourn, but a dispute over estate planning documents may mean that some find themselves facing each other in court rather than coming together to mourn. Unfortunately, the estate administration and probate process following the death of U.S. Senator Fred Thompson has been delayed as his wife and two sons from a previous marriage argue over the contents of his will.

Estate administration and probate: Sisters settle dispute

During times of grief, family members in Georgia often react in ways that are unexpected. For some, the death of a loved one pushes people apart during a time that should bring people together. Such conflict often complicates the estate administration and probate process, especially if there is no estate plan in place.

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