Four Strategies to Avoid Probate in Gwinnett County

At some point in your life, you may have heard about someone's estate being tied up in probate. It may have included awful stories involving relatives fighting over money or property to the point where family bonds were forever broken. The reality is that probate isn't always a grueling and emotional process. In fact, a lot of the process boils down to paperwork, signatures, deadlines, and months, or sometimes years, of waiting. However, it's still a process that some people would prefer to avoid because of the costs involved and the time it takes. Here are four strategies that might help avoid probate.

Estate Tax Update for 2019

The federal estate tax exemption increases for 2019 over the 2018 amount, though the exemption is still set to dramatically decline in January 2026. In this short article, we outline the current and future exemption amounts, and highlight where some risk might still reside for Georgia adults who don't have solid plans in place.

Wills: Here’s Why Not To Do It Yourself.

This NYT article praises a do-it-yourself approach to estate planning for some people, while providing misinformation about the true cost of good legal services, while also overlooking the real dangers of a DIY approach. In today's post we'll tackle this issue head on and explain why a DIY approach to wills and other planning documents can be dangerous and costly.