Estate Planning in a Digital World

There is great value in being able to manage and control (as well as find) your online accounts, files, profiles and other digital assets and have them managed in accordance with your wishes upon your death. The law is slow to evolve in this area, but there are steps you can take now to make the process easier for your loved ones and estate fiduciaries.

Estate Planning Overview: Wills in Georgia

In this post, we’ll provide an overview of wills in Georgia, as part of the estate planning process. A will is one of the planning tools used in Georgia. Other common tools for most people include a durable power of attorney and an advance directive for healthcare. The good news is that estate planning in Georgia doesn't have to be hard, and it doesn't have to be an expensive process either. The lawyers at The Beck Law Firm, LLC are experienced in helping clients with their estate planning needs.

When to Review Your Will and Other Estate Planning Documents

Some questions we often get include: How often should I review my will? What about my other planning documents - when do they need to be reviewed? Do my documents need to be updated periodically? In this short video, attorney Joel Beck of The Beck Law Firm, LLC answers these questions and more, helping you understand how often to review your planning documents, and discusses some common events that should lead you to do a special review.

Understanding the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare

What is the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare, and do I need one? How can it help me as part of my estate planning? In this blog post and video, attorney Joel Beck of The Beck Law Firm, LLC addresses these questions and explains why he believes that the advance directive is an important planning tool.

Estate Planning Spotlight: Separation of Powers

At the dawn of a new country, America’s founding fathers believed that a separation of powers was a good thing. This led to the organization of government into three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. This separation of powers brought with it certain checks and balances - a way to help ensure that things were done right. We can learn lessons from this thought process that apply to situations beyond starting a new government, including estate planning basics. Did you know that when a young family prepares their basic estate planning documents, separation of powers should be considered? Here’s why.

Facebook and Estate Planning

Facebook has rolled out a feature to allow users to designate a legacy contact - someone who can serve as a manager of your profile once you are dead. Their power and authority over your page is limited, but the legacy contact will be able to write a pinned post to your timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile and cover pictures. Like similar management tools from other social media services, this legacy contact feature will help those persons trying to prepare a "digital will" to manage their online presence after their death. This article from money..cnn.com walks through a bit of the legacy contact feature and also highlights Google's inactive account manager. Both of these tools seem reasonable to help persons manage their digital estate online. But, these features may change from time to time, and the terms of use for the social media sites may change as well. So, it is important to keep up with the features for the social media and other online services that you use, says attorney Joel Beck. For more information on Facebook's legacy contact feature, see their help center article on the topic here.