ESTATE PLANNING NOTEBOOK | Gifts of the Season | February

February getaway February is the the month for love, valentines, chocolates, and warm weather getaways. Make an estate planning notebook your “gift of the season” to show your love in February. Personal estate planning notebook for key information Start a notebook for Read More

Hindson & Melton LLC New Location

Our new address is 1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30338.   Come visit us!  Phones and email remain the same.  Happy New Year! Read More

QTIP Trust

When is a QTIP Trust appropriate? A QTIP trust – or qualified terminal interest property trust – can be helpful in the right situation.  Two common scenarios where a QTIP trust might be useful are: for a married individual with children Read More

Annual Gifting Amount

The maximum annual gifting amount to each individual remains $14,000 for both 2016 and 2017.  Spouses combining gifts can give a total of up to $28,000 to a single individual.  You can make gifts to multiple people in a single year. Additionally, Read More

Self-Executing Change of Custody

Self-executing change of custody orders are problematic and will be overturned by Georgia courts on appeal.  What is a self-executing change of custody provision?  A custody  provision that provides for an automatic change of custody based on a future event Read More

Georgia Legitimation Law Update

Georgia  legitimation law updated in 2016; unwed fathers must file a petition for legitimation in Court  to have custodial rights and parenting time with their children guaranteed.   In recent years, unwed parents were able to administratively legitimate a child by signing and Read More

CUSTODY WHEN ONE PARENT DIES

Sunset  What if your ex NEVER should have custody of your child?  Georgia law provides that the surviving parent is entitled to custody when one parent dies.  O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-2.  However, the statute also says that the judge may exercise discretion and Read More

GEORGIA SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Georgia’s same-sex marriage laws evaporated with the announcement of the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision. The landmark United States Supreme Court decision requires States to: - license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and - recognize a marriage between two people of Read More

Tax Saving Tip for Surviving Spouse or Senior Couple

couple photo DS Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) – a tax savings tip for income tax savings Case study #1: “Jane”, a surviving spouse over the age of 70 ½, receives annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from the IRAs her husband left naming her Read More

4 Estate Planning Tips

4 Estate Planning Tips As part of Georgia estate planning, consider a revocable living trust to address your potential future incapacity. If you like the idea of using a revocable living trust as part of your estate plan for incapacity but don’t want to transfer your assets into a Read More

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