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Dealing with timeshares in an estate plan

Georgia residents purchase timeshares because they allow them to save money while enjoying designated weeks at their favorite resorts, but selling or disposing of them can be challenging. This is important because most timeshare agreements include what is known as an in perpetuity clause that requires owners to keep paying fees and covering monthly maintenance charges until they die. These fees can be as high as $3,000 per year at luxury resorts, and timeshare owners may also be responsible for paying the costs of correcting code violations and making repairs to the property in question.

Pastors are unlikely to have adequate estate plans

Most people in Georgia who have attended a funeral understand how familiar pastors are with the reality of death. After speaking at so many funerals and attending to terminally ill church members, one might assume that pastors are more likely than most other professionals to have estate plans in place. According to a recent survey, that simply is not the case.

Estate planning important for small business owners

Small business owners in Georgia may be particularly concerned about how to handle their business after they pass away. With the news that music legends Aretha Franklin and Prince died without a will, the consequences of passing away intestate have been widely discussed. Family members have been caught up in ongoing legal disputes about these musicians' substantial estates. However, these celebrities were far from alone; according to one survey, 58 percent of Americans don't have a will. While most entrepreneurs' estates may not rival Franklin's or Prince's, it can be equally important to create a clear plan for the future.

Identifying the right person to take over the family business

Georgia residents may have planned to pass down their assets and legacy directly to their children. However, this may not always be a wsie idea. This is because a person's offspring may not be qualified to run a business or handle money on their own. They also may not be interested in running a family business. Therefore, it can be beneficial to create a succession plan that allows future generations to benefit from an asset without controlling it.

Explaining the reasons for an estate plan to family members

A Georgia resident who is making an estate plan might want to think about whether their intentions will be understood and followed by family members. While an estate owner could have a will, financial powers of attorney and trusts, there could still be conflict between loved ones.

How to decide who plans the funeral

While no one wants to think about their mortality, it is worthwhile for Georgia residents to know their options when it comes to planning their funerals. For instance, it is acceptable to put funeral instructions in a will. It is also possible to use a planning declaration to assign someone to oversee the event. Typically, the person who creates the document is allowed to include as many or as few details as he or she wants.

When a digital estate plan is needed

Georgia residents who have digital assets ranging from email and social media accounts to domains to cryptocurrency accounts might want to consider a digital estate plan to accompany their regular estate plan. The first step in creating this plan is to make a list of all digital assets and how to access them, including passwords.

Estate plan guidelines for childless individuals

Georgia parents may not experience significant consequences if they die without a will. In most cases, their assets would go to their spouse or their offspring. Typically though, parents leave assets to their children in a formal estate plan. However, if a person doesn't have children, dying without a will or other estate plan documents could be problematic. This may be true whether a person is single, living with a partner or married without children.

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