James Miskell, Attorney at Law

In the middle of a Georgia summer, the days are long and it seems like we’ve got more time for the things we enjoy. The kids are out of school, and work slows down a little. If we’re lucky, we get some extra time with our family, spend lazy days at the pool, and vacation with children and grandchildren. It can feel like summer will last forever.

Published: 2018-08-20 10:11
James Miskell, Attorney at Law

Many accounts, like retirement and investment accounts, allow you to designate the beneficiaries of the account upon your death. It’s a convenient way to distribute these accounts, and typically you make the selection when you open the account. What many folks don’t realize is that when they get a divorce or make a new will, these beneficiary designations do not automatically change.

Published: 2018-07-18 08:11
James Miskell, Attorney at Law

When it comes to estate planning, the most familiar document is the last will and testament. Most people have a basic understanding that a will allows you to appoint a personal representative (an executor) upon your death and directs that person to distribute your assets as you specify. Put another way, a will says who gets your stuff when you die—but until you die, it does nothing.

Published: 2018-05-17 10:11