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Divorce and estate planning

Georgia couples who are contemplating ending their marriages may need to think beyond the short term to determine how the divorce may affect them for the long term. In fact, they may need to consider whether estate planning decisions need to be adjusted given the pending divorce.

Trusts and annuities

Some Georgia residents might wonder whether their trusts should be named as the beneficiaries of the annuities they have as well as whether the annuities should pay into their trusts. There are some good reasons that people may want to have their annuities funded directly into their trusts.

The importance of beneficiary designations

A lot of people in Georgia think that a last will and testament is the single most important piece of an estate plan. While a will is very important, there are other documents that are just as crucial. People should give special attention to the beneficiary designations on their financial accounts because these designations can overrule what is written in a will.

How a revocable living trust can make life easier

When loved ones pass away, family members are often left with the daunting task of handling the remaining possessions of the deceased. Whether it's a home, antique collection or household items, dealing with these matters can be difficult in the wake of the grieving process.

Money fights and strategies for avoiding them

As Georgia parents make plans about the distribution of their assets after they are gone, worries about money-related fights among their offspring could arise. After one's death, there is little that can be done to head off such issues, and even good intentions can leave an estate vulnerable to legal action if one or more children believe that they have been slighted. The best time to head off such trouble is during the owner's life, which may require knowledgeable insight from an estate planning professional.

The importance of will and trust reviews

A Georgia couple that has a bypass trust in place in order to minimize federal estate taxes may want to revisit their estate plan if there has not been a recent review. In some cases, this type of trust may be in place based on estate planning that took place during a time period that was known for high tax rates and low exemption levels. In the 1990s, only $675,000 per spouse was exempt from the extremely high federal estate tax rate of 50 percent.

The role of the settlor of a trust

Estate planning can be confusing for Georgia residents, and the process is filled with terms that are unfamiliar to many people. One of the most common terms involving trusts is settlor, which is often confused with settler but has an entirely different meaning.

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