Essential Tools of Estate Planning
By James Miskell, Attorney at Law

The numbers vary somewhat from survey to survey, but each new study that is released reveals that large numbers of Americans do not have a will.

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: 2016-08-13 20:28

Talking to senior parents about the future
By James Miskell, Attorney at Law

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone" Pablo Picasso

Estate planning is about more than having a will to distribute property when one dies. Perhaps the most important aspect of estate planning is planning for how one will live as they age, which includes planning for disability and long term care. 

Should a Trust be part of your planning?
By 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 how to distribute your assets.  Put another way, a will says who gets your stuff when you die—but until you die, it does nothing.