It is natural to focus on our families at Thanksgiving, to think about everything they add to our lives and how lucky we are to have them. 

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One of the best reasons folks engage in estate planning is to ease the burdens surviving family members will carry in the event of our death.

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When people think about dividing their assets among their loved ones when they die, they very often take for granted that anything that they leave as an inheritance will be divided equally among their children.

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The largest obstacle to effective estate planning is procrastination.  Sitting down to prepare a Last Will and Testament is not at the top of anyone’s “this is a fun thing to do" list.  Yet death, like taxes is a certainty.

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If the distribution of your property is important to you, you can use a will or a trust to give instructions about who gets what when you die.  If you die without a properly executed estate plan, state law will determine how the probate court will divide and distribute the things you own.  Of course, the state of Georgia’s estate plan won’t take your particular wishes into account. 

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James Miskell, Attorney at Law

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it is New Year’s resolution time. Was estate planning one of your unfulfilled resolutions for 2014?  Is it on your “to-do” list for 2015?  Take the opportunity to get it done this year.

We all know that an estate plan is a matter of personal responsibility. Only you understand your family’s priorities well enough to make the proper decisions.  Legal and financial professionals are essential to understanding the best strategies, but the final decisions about what is right for your family can only be made by you. 

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