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

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

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

PRIVATE SCHOOL AFTER DIVORCE

Will my children be  able to attend private school after the divorce?  The following may help you answer that question. Did your children attend private school during the marriage?  Your Atlanta divorce lawyer will ask you this question, because if your children have attended Read More

#COOLTHINGS

photo1   Life is good…enjoy  #coolthings ! Funding a Roth IRA for teenager with earned income…   #coolthings 10,000 steps a day   #coolthings Revocable trust income taxed to the grantor (at grantor tax rates, not trust tax rates) during lifetime under grantor trust rules if grantor or spouse is Read More

FAMILY VIOLENCE AWARENESS

couple photo DS All too often, friends and family miss signs of family violence in their loved ones.  The Georgia Commission on  Family Violence has created a family violence screening tool for health care providers.  This health care protocol is a useful educational resource for anyone wanting Read More

DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDERS Georgia

Do Not Resuscitate orders can be confusing.  Does having a health care power of attorney for someone authorize me to order a “do not resuscitate” ( DNR ) for that individual?  The basic answer is no; a licensed physician must sign the Do Not Resuscitate order based Read More

ALCOHOL DAMAGES THE TEENAGE BRAIN

Karen-Hindson I was at Gwinnett County Juvenile Court this week and saw a new display with brochures related to teenage drinking – information and resources for teenagers and parents.  There is also information about legal consequences for adults who host teenage drinking.   Here are Read More

CHILD OVER AGE 14 RIGHT NOT TO VISIT NONCUSTODIAL PARENT

Karen S. Hindson A Georgia child over age 14 has the right to select the parent with whom he or she desires to live (O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-3(a)(5)), although the judge can overrule the child’s selection if the judge finds the child’s choice not Read More

JOINT CUSTODY DEFINITION AND WHO DECIDES CUSTODY

Karen S. Hindson We answer lots of questions about “joint custody” versus “sole custody” and what the terms actually mean.   Georgia law provides a joint custody definition to guide us. O.C.G.A. § 19-9-6 includes the following definitions regarding joint custody: “Joint custody” Read More

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