Georgia Estate Planning Lawyer Helps Protect and Transfer Assets
Alpharetta law firm assists with a full range of testamentary options
People who have worked hard to accumulate assets throughout their life deserve the opportunity to distribute that property as they wish. Without effective estate planning, you will lose that control and your family will be subjected to state regulations on allocating property. At James A. Nystrom in Alpharetta, I work with individuals and families to design comprehensive estate plans customized to each client’s needs and goals. I have more than three decades of experience using various types of legal instruments to distribute assets effectively under Georgia law. Even relatively simple estates can present issues that require sophisticated legal knowledge to ensure that time and money are not being squandered. Whether you need a will drafted, wish to establish directives for medical care, or are concerned about tax consequences, I can help. I have spent more than 30 years assisting clients in the Atlanta area with these important functions and more.
Drafting authoritative wills for Atlanta-area clients
My firm delivers comprehensive advice on drafting wills, including aspects such as:
- Naming a personal representative — After you pass away, the personal representative you have chosen will be in charge of enforcing the terms of your will. I help clients evaluate who might be best for this role and draft documents to assist them in carrying out their duties when the time comes.
- Distributing property — I ensure that all relevant assets are included and that your will is carefully crafted to give your heirs the best chance of a smooth probate process.
- Reviewing an existing will — Even if you already have a will, it’s important to keep it up to date. Life can change quickly and drastically alter what you wish to do with your estate. If you have not reviewed your will recently, I can go over it with you to determine whether the terms are accurate and reflect your current situation.
No matter how simple or complex your estate plan is, I tailor my advice to your specific needs and those of your family.
Advice on the potential benefits of living trusts
Many people are unsure about the benefits and legal requirements associated with living trusts. These instruments allow someone to maintain the use of their property and then pass it to someone else when they die without going through the probate process. Georgia’s simple, inexpensive probate process often reduces the benefits gained from a living trust. However, I can help determine if a trust is a good choice for your specific circumstances. For instance, if you own a vacation home in Florida or another state with high probate costs, it might be a worthwhile option. As an experienced trust attorney, I can help you determine the best course of action to protect your estate.
Drafting advance directives to control future medical decisions
Effective estate planning is designed to enforce your wishes on important matters and ease the burden faced by your family. This includes setting forth instructions on how your medical treatment should proceed if you are not able to communicate your choices. My firm advises clients on drafting and executing a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care so that you can control all aspects of your medical care and protect your family from having to make heartbreaking decisions at an already difficult time. This document authorizes a person you choose to act as your agent for health decisions; it also states your preferences on extraordinary care if you are incapacitated.
Contact a diligent Georgia estate planning lawyer for skilled legal representation
James A. Nystrom represents people in the Atlanta area with experienced estate planning counsel as well as legal support for other matters. Please call 678-503-4292 or contact me online to schedule a meeting at my Alpharetta office.