REPORT CHILD ABUSE!!!! GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES IT!!! BE SAFE SANCTUARIES!!

REPORT CHILD ABUSE.  GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES IT.  Georgia law requires that persons with responsibility for a child or children shall report child abuse when there is reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused.  Churches all over Georgia Read More

November is National Adoption Month! Make it a Month to Remember!

  November is National Adoption Month!  This month, all over Georgia, DFACS offices are highlighting the opportunities families have to adopt  children or be foster parents.  I know many adults who have often thought, “When my life slows down a Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight” new video

I just watched the video, “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT”, on the Cobb County Juvenile Court website.  It is brief and it is very informative.  For schools, churches, and all workplaces, it is good to have a resource like this and use Read More

REVOCABLE TRUSTS AND TAXES

Karen S. Hindson Georgia and South Carolina estate planning clients frequently ask whether creating a revocable trust saves income tax or estate tax.  The answer is that generally, revocable trusts do not avoid income or estate taxes.  Here are some of the rules Read More

COPING WITH DIVORCE: The Search for a Silver Lining

Silver Lining “Every cloud has a silver lining…”  In Georgia I grew up hearing this proverb, which suggests that every bad situation has some good to be found in it.   Looking for the silver lining in divorce can be a challenge.  Whether you Read More

Estate Planning and Income Tax Basis of Gifts

Are you estate planning in Georgia? Our estate planning clients often ask about transferring assets to their children during the client’s lifetime rather than at death.  One of the important factors to consider in making this decision is the income tax basis of “gifted” versus Read More

USING A TRUST TO PLAN FOR YOUR INCAPACITY

Morning Walk Trusts are often used as an estate planning tool in Georgia, South Carolina, and other states.  Here are some strategies to consider in using a trust to plan for your incapacity. Create a trust and transfer assets now Create a trust and transfer Read More

Eat Your ESTATE PLANNING Vegetables

Eat Your ESTATE PLANNING Vegetables Brussel sprouts, okra, green beans, roasted with olive oil, Italian herbs, crushed red pepper – does this sound delicious?  Maybe, maybe not.  But it’s definitely good for you.  I ate my Georgia farmers market vegetables tonight as an investment in future good health. Estate planning is Read More

Importance of Estate Planning

One of the benefits of being an Atlanta estate planner is the network of financial and legal professionals working in the estate planning field.  Thanks to financial planner Peter Miralles for sending me his Atlanta Wealth Consultants LLC September 2013 newsletter.  There is Read More

GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS UPDATE

Grandparent visitation rights were the subject of another Georgia Court of Appeals decision in July 2013.  In the case of Van Leuvan v. Carlisle, the mother of the minor child appealed the trial court’s decision to award grandparent visitation rights to the Read More

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