Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day!  For my family, the dates between May 10th and May 16th every year mark some of our happiest dates.  They include my daughter’s birthday, my mother’s birthday, my grandmother’s birthday, and of course, Mother’s Day.  We have Read More

Ten Ways to Love

Ten Ways to Love 1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18) 2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19) 3. Give without sparing.  (Proverbs 21:26) 4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9) 5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1) 6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15) 7. Enjoy without complaint. Read More

FACEBOOK AND YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

Have you mentioned Facebook, or any other social media or social networking site, in your Last Will and Testament?  I don’t mean as a beneficiary.  Have you given any thought to what would happen to your social media postings, photos, Read More

If I Die Who Gets Custody of My Child

If I Die Who Gets Custody of My Child If I die who gets custody of my child under Georgia child custody law?   It is scary how often we hear this question from concerned parents. Concerns About the Other Parent. Sometimes the child’s other parent would be a disaster as a Read More

2013 ESTATE TAX LAW UPDATE FROM HINDSON AND MELTON LLC

Key features of 2013 estate tax laws after American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) include the following.  Information from partner Karen Hindson of the Georgia and South Carolina estate planning firm Hindson & Melton LLC: The exclusion amount of $5 million continues in Read More

Estate Planning Checkup ǀ Hindson and Melton LLC

Estate Planning Checkup - Last Will and Testament. Have there been signficant changes in your assets or your family situation since you signed your Last Will and Testament? Are the persons you named as Executor, Guardian for your children, or Trustee Read More

Living Will for Georgia or South Carolina Residents

Living Wills for Georgia or South Carolina residents need not be complex, but the decisions contained in these documents could be incredibly important to your family.   The statutory living will forms for both states are provided here at no cost as a public service.  If Read More

Annual Exclusion Gifts to Minors

Gifts are an important tool in estate planning.  Annual exclusion gifts are one of the most frequently used means of transferring wealth to the next generations.  There are a number of possible tools for making annual exclusion gifts to minors: gifting outright, gifting Read More

Second Marriage Estate Planning Tips for South Carolina Domiciliary

Second marriages present some interesting estate planning issues.  Hindson & Melton LLC recommends that individuals contemplating a second (or subsequent) marriage seek legal advice prior to the marriage. Second marriage estate planning considers issues such as: what, if any, assets to own jointly and when Read More

Estate Planning Annual Exclusion Gifts

Many financially secure individuals choose to share the  wealth during their lifetime through estate planning gifts.  These gifts can have the advantage of reducing estate taxes while permitting the donor to enjoy seeing the benefits of their gifts during their lifetime. Rules Read More

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