PARENTING PLAN REQUIRED FOR ALL GEORGIA CUSTODY CASES

Attorney Karen Hindson The parenting plan required for all Georgia custody cases is mandated by law.  If the parties cannot reach agreement on the terms of a permanent parenting plan, each party prepares a proposed parenting plan and submits it to the judge. 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

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

STEPPARENT ADOPTION IN GEORGIA

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

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

Cobb County Alimony

Cobb County Alimony The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed an interesting Cobb County alimony decision on March 18, 2013, in the case of Goodell v. Oliver, 2013 WL 1092898 (Ga.) The husband and wife married in 1999, and each had children from prior marriages.  They had no children together.  Read More

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