Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney)

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The Importance of a General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters

By Miles Hurley | April 21, 2020
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Guardianship Mistakes: Failing to Plan

By Miles Hurley | March 19, 2020

The guardianship process is complex, expensive, and often humiliating to the older adult. Most times, guardianship is also avoidable.   Plan ahead to avoid guardianship.   Whenever possible, guardianship should be avoided. The most effective way to avoid guardianship is to plan ahead. Sine there is no guarantee that we will be of sound mind up…

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Guardianship Mistakes: Misunderstanding the Basics

By Miles Hurley | March 12, 2020

Caring for an older adult with dementia or other serious illness brings on a whole new vocabulary and issues to learn about. Understanding guardianship and the legal rights of surrogate decision makers is usually at the top of the list.   “What is the difference between POA and Guardianship?”   We hear from stressed out…

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Complete Estate Planning: Powers of Attorney

By Miles Hurley | March 5, 2020

One major component of a complete estate plan is a financial Power of Attorney. Although important, the  financial Power of Attorney is often misunderstood. A financial Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to name someone to handle your finances — taxes, bills, bank accounts, real estate sales, etc.  It can help…

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Complete Estate Planning: If you think planning is expensive…

By Miles Hurley | February 26, 2020

Most adults do not have a complete estate plan. We know—it’s expensive, time-consuming, stressful, and overall unpleasant to think about.   Not planning for your potential incapacity and your death is even more expensive and time-consuming.   If you die without a will or trust, you’ll lose control over who inherits your stuff and who…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives for People with Dementia

By Miles Hurley | February 13, 2020

In November of last year, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece by an ER doctor titled “Doctors are torturing dementia patients at the end of their life”.  Read the article here The doctor’s experience and perspective are not unusual. As Jane Brody of the New York Times summarized “Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives

By Miles Hurley | January 31, 2020

No estate plan is complete without an advance directive.   The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare replaces the old living will and power of attorney for healthcare.   It was adopted by the Georgia legislature and put in place by the Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services on July 1, 2007. It requires…

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Complete Estate Planning: Trusts

By Miles Hurley | January 15, 2020

This is the year for finally establishing a complete estate plan! Part of your complete estate planning could include a trust. Some situations are best handled by a trust, but it’s not the right fit for everyone.  In our practice we think it’s really important to use the correct tool for the job at hand.…

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Complete Estate Planning: Wills

By Miles Hurley | January 8, 2020

This is the year for finally getting your estate plan done!   We know that most adults put off estate planning. The whole thing can seem unnecessary, overwhelming, and expensive.  Our aim is to show you that estate planning does not have to complicated, expensive, or stressful.  This week and for the next several weeks,…

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New Year’s Resolution: Finally creating a will and powers of attorney!

By Miles Hurley | January 2, 2020

Let’s make this the year you finally tackle some of those tasks that you’ve been putting off. At the top of your New Year’s resolution list should be your estate plan.   Most adults put off estate planning for several reasons: 1) It seems overwhelming and confusing; 2) It seems terribly complicated and expensive; 3)…

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