Estate Law And Probate Matters

Estate law addresses a wide range of matters that go well beyond the drafting of a will. Depending on the needs of the client, it can address guardianship issues for young families, dictate medical care in case of incapacity or put a retired parent's affairs in order.

Serving the people of Pickens County and northern Georgia, Marger Stuart Law, provides estate planning guidance and other legal help to its clients. Attorney Cortney M. Stuart works with clients to address all of the important issues in regards to your estate. The right estate plan can be a final gift to family members because it addresses all important and possibly contentious decisions, thereby ensuring that the probate process and dispersal of assets go as smooth as possible.

Common Services We Provide For Clients

Depending on the needs of the client, we can do these individually or as part of a package:

  • Draft a will: We can help create a thoughtfully drafted will that addresses all of your needs and is carefully constructed to minimize potential disputes.
  • Probate administration: We can provide steady guidance during the months it takes to organize assets, pay taxes and other bills, and even collect money owed to the decedent.
  • Trusts: These are a great way to pass a large amount of assets to loved ones, and they can be as unique as the individual who creates them.
  • Power of attorney: This enables an individual or attorney to oversee financial decisions if a client is unable do so themselves. The POA is appointed by the individual and then can be terminated by the individual.
  • Health care directives: We can address these matters in a living will in case you become incapacitated.
  • Determining a legal guardian or conservatorship: This is always a good idea for families with young children or that include adults unable to care for themselves. A guardian is in charge of the person's care, while the conservator is in charge of the property. It is generally best if these roles are handled by different people. Courts will appoint these if they have not been determined by the person in need.
  • Modifications: It is a good idea for individuals to update their estate plan every few years or as major shifts occur in your life, such as divorce or marriage.
  • Contesting a will: Sometimes the will does not take all the facts into account and mediation or litigation is needed.

It Is Always Best To Plan Ahead

A lawyer with a background in estate law can make this process relatively straightforward while also helping make smart choices in regards to finances and other administrative matters.

Contact our office in Jasper to discuss your goals. We can be reached at 678-456-5117, or via email.