Estate Planning Using Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning

Protecting Your Family and Your Assets

Estate planning will spell out how you want to transfer your property and assets to beneficiaries after your death. It also allows you to name a trusted person to handle your financial matters and medical care if you are incapacitated.

At Turner Law, we provide estate-planning services for clients in Decatur, the greater Atlanta area and throughout Georgia. We help our clients with their estate planning needs which often times involves:

  • A will: You may have told your family how you want your estate distributed, but it won't be enforceable unless your wishes are put in a will or trust. For young families, a will can also be used to name a guardian for minor children.
  • A trust: A trust is a flexible estate planning vehicle that can help you manage assets while you are alive and efficiently transfer them to beneficiaries after you die.
  • Power of attorney: A power of attorney allows you name a trusted person to manage your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself. By having a power of attorney in place, you can avoid the need for guardianship if you are incapacitated. A trust can provide guidance to the trustee on how to provide for your family when you are notable.
  • Advance health care directive: In Georgia, the advance health care directive combines a health care power of attorney, a living will and a HIPPA consent in one document. The agent you name using this directive can manage your medical care if you are unable to do so yourself. The living will component allows you to decide in advance if you want feeding tubes and other measures to keep you alive if you are in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery.

Estate planning provides you with peace of mind. In addition to transferring assets to your beneficiaries, you can take steps to protect your beneficiaries from predators, creditors and litigation after your death.

Estate planning can also shelter income from taxation and structure your estate to avoid estate taxes. Estate taxes may not be a concern to you now, but depending on what Congress does, many more estates could be subject to estate taxes in 2011.

Learn more about estate planning for physicians and others with asset protection needs.

Learn more about charitable estate planning for the causes you support.

Contact Us for a Free Initial Phone Consultation

For competent handling of your estate planning needs, call lawyer Robert Turner at 866-768-5365 or fill out the contact form on this Web site. Our law office is located in historic downtown Decatur, Georgia, just off Decatur Square.