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Don't let simple errors derail your estate planning efforts

Planning for the future can be a complex process. It's not easy to make plans regarding what will happen to personal assets and health care down the road, but it's worthwhile for every person to have these types of plans and protections in place, regardless of income, health status or age. However, common mistakes can derail a person's best effort to plan for the future. 

Mistakes in an estate plan can result in complications, including issues for loved ones. Because there is a lot at stake, it is worthwhile to have experienced guidance during the planning process. This provides confidence regarding the plans, allowing a Georgia adult to look to an unpredictable future with peace of mind.

Should you buy a new home in 2020?

Buying a home is both exciting and overwhelming, especially if you've never purchased a home before. This is a major legal and financial decision, and you'd be wise to think carefully about the implications of the choice you make. Before you move forward too quickly, it is in your interests to learn as much as you can about the purchase process and how you can protect your interests. 

When you find the right house, you may feel tempted to make an offer and move ahead as fast as possible. The market is competitive for new Georgia buyers, but your future interests are always worth protecting. If you think you are ready to sign on the dotted line in 2020 and buy your dream home, make sure you know everything you need to know to make the best possible decisions.

Mistakes you want to avoid when crafting an estate plan

Planning for the future is an important step for Georgia readers of all income levels, ages and health statuses. There is great benefit in having certain legal protections in place, but while making an estate plan, you will want to be sure that you are not making certain mistakes that could come back to affect you later. With planning and preparation, it is possible to avoid errors with your plan. 

Every estate plan is different, and yours should meet your unique needs and objectives. When drafting your will and other documents, you will want to consider what will work best long term, not just what makes the most sense in the moment. Before you move forward, you may want to take time to make sure you know what protections you need and how you can protect your interests by avoiding estate planning missteps.

3 ways to include the family home in your estate plan

Your home is likely one of your most valuable assets. Not only is it a significant asset in terms of finances, but it also comes with sentimental attachments. With so much emotion, history and monetary worth wrapped up in your home, it can be complex to figure out how to include it in your estate plan

Residential real estate is complex, and transferring ownership can come with a variety of benefits and drawbacks for your heirs. Here are some ideas for having an efficient and smooth transfer of your home.

What happens if you die without a will in Georgia?

Wills are only one component of an effective estate plan. However, a majority of Americans do not even have that. According to one poll in 2016, 56 percent of American adults do not have a will. While many people assume they have plenty of time to create a will, the truth of the matter is that individuals never know when they may need one, so it is vital to make one as soon as possible. 

Unfortunately, many people die without a will in place. This can create numerous headaches for their surviving family members, especially if there are many assets to divide. Here is what is most likely to happen when people die without a will in Georgia. 

Avoiding unpleasant surprises after your home purchase

Buying a new home can be an exciting milestone. However, what may look like your dream house can turn out to harbor some upsetting secrets.

Buyers, especially those purchasing a home for the first time, do not always know what to expect. Understanding both the seller's disclosure obligations and the buyer's due diligence can help you avoid many common pitfalls along the way.

5 tips to help you prepare for your estate planning meeting

If much of your time during the past several years has been spent focused on building your career, estate planning may have escaped your notice.

Everyone needs a viable estate plan, and if the time has come for you to consider yours, here are five tips to help you prepare for a meeting with your attorney.

Two estate planning documents millennials should have

You may be young, carefree and single, and estate planning is probably the furthest thing from your mind. What happens, though, if you should suffer serious injury in a car crash or become disabled through a cycling accident?

Accidents can happen to anyone at any age, and if you prepare for the unexpected, your mind will be at ease. Here are two estate planning documents you should consider.