Estate Planning Lawyers in Liberty County, GA
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Estate planning is one of the most important legal actions you will undertake if you wish to make certain your property and health care wishes are followed and that your loved ones are taken care of when you are gone. These actions involve a number of legal documents that will be tailored to your needs and objectives. They will establish instructions that will clarify many questions that can arise should you pass away or become unable to express your wishes due to illness or injury.
At Pirkle & Pirkle Law, our Liberty County estate planning attorneys have the requisite skills, experience, and knowledge to design an estate plan that will fit your personal needs. Our firm has been established as a professional source for a wide variety of legal matters in Southeast Georgia since 1974. We have helped thousands of individuals throughout the decades in creating viable and successful estate plans that have many benefits for the entire family.
Need an estate plan? Reach out to Pirkle & Pirkle Law online to discuss your needs in a free, initial consultation.
What is an Estate?
Your estate is made up of everything you own, including:
- Your home
- Your vehicles
- Other real estate holdings
- Your checking and savings accounts
- Stock portfolios
- Life insurance
- Jewelry, collectibles, and art
- Other personal possessions
Everyone has an estate, no matter how large and complex or small and simple. In order to ensure that you maintain control over how that is estate is passed on after you are gone, you need to take legal action now through estate planning instruments and methods, such as a last will and testament, revocable or irrevocable trust, powers of attorney, advance health directive, or other legal documents.
These documents will provide instructions covering whom you wish to name as heirs and beneficiaries, delineating what you want each of them to receive, and when you want them to receive it. This can include family members, friends, charitable organizations, and others whom you name through your estate planning documents.
Benefits of an Estate Plan
Estate plans provide many benefits. These include providing clarity to your beneficiaries which will reduce or eliminate conflict among them, ensure that your property is passed on efficiently and with the least amount of legal trouble, can help to avoid or reduce time, taxes, and expense, especially those involving probate, can establish the kind of end-of-life medical care you wish to have or not have, designate trusted individuals to manage your life, financial, or medical decisions should you become incapacitated, and outline your wishes in regards of funeral, burial, or cremation services.
Estate Planning Instruments
A last will and testament will designate who will receive your property after you are gone, designate a guardian for any minor children as well as someone to manage their inheritance until they come of age, and designate someone you trust to act as the executor of your will in seeing that your instructions are carried out.
A trust is a fiduciary arrangement wherein you as the trustor give another party as the trustee the right to hold your property or assets in trust for the benefit of your heirs and beneficiaries. In a living, revocable trust, you can act as the trustee to manage your property while you are alive. Once you pass on, whomever you have designated to act as a trustee after your death will carry out your instructions as to how you wish the property to be transferred.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you name a trusted person to act on your behalf when you are unable to do so through some type of incapacity or because you are out of the country. Powers of attorney can have wide authority to handle all of your life affairs, such as financial, medical, and more or they can have limited authority, granting your agent a specific duty, such as handling medical affairs or financial matters only.
Turn to Pirkle & Pirkle Law for Trusted Legal Help
Our legal team is here to help you with all of your estate planning needs, including help with probate administration as well as designing and finalizing all of the legal documents appropriate to your situation. Let us use our extensive experience in this legal field to ensure that your estate is handled professionally and accurately according to Georgia law.
Need help with probate or an estate plan? Contact a Liberty County estate planning attorney today!
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