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


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 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


Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC A stepparent adoption in Georgia was the subject of another Georgia appellate court decision on July 15, 2013.  In Ray v. Hann, a stepfather’s petition to adopt his stepchild was granted by the Superior Court, terminating the biological father’s parental rights at the same time.  The Read More


What rights does a South Carolina father have if not married to the mother of the child?  The answer is that South Carolina unmarried fathers rights are very limited, unless you take steps to protect yourself and your relationship with Read More

Paternity and Legitimation

Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC “How do I know that the baby is really mine?  What are my responsibilities if I am not married to the mother?” When legitimation is needed Georgia law considers a child as born “out of wedlock” when the parents are not married to each Read More

Georgia Separation Versus Divorce

Lauri B. Bracey What is separate maintenance and how is it different than divorce? Separate Maintenance There is a statute in Georgia which allows for a person to file a legal action which protects their legal rights to custody, visitation, support, use and Read More

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013 This is Memorial Day 2013. I’m grateful for the service and sacrifice made by the veterans of the armed forces of the United States.  I’ve no doubt that our lives are better as a result of their work.  So, I am Read More

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