Estate Planning Attorney Lawrenceville
The best way to ensure your property’s disposition after death is with a will
All property owners who wish to exercise control over their property’s distribution following their death should have a will, regardless of the property’s value. A will is the legal document that directs how your property is distributed following your death. This property is called the “probate estate.” In order to be valid under Georgia law, a will must be properly executed according to the following requirements:
- You must be at least 14 years old
- The will must be written and signed by you
- You must execute the document freely and voluntarily
- You must have a rational desire and have decided regarding the distribution of your property
- Your will must be signed in your presence by at least two competent witnesses
How can I make sure my wishes are followed if I get sick?
If illness or injury leaves you unable to make decisions about your medical care or treatment, it is important you make arrangements to ensure your wishes are followed. Under Georgia law, you can guarantee your needs are taken care of with an Advance Directive for Health Care. This legal document allows you to select a Health Care Agent who will make health care decisions for you if you cannot or choose not to make such decisions for yourself regarding your care, or regarding the handling of your body after death. You may also indicate your treatment preferences in case you have a terminal condition or are permanently unconscious. You may also appoint a legal guardian in the document in case you are ever required to have a guardian manage your affairs and health care while you are still alive — for instance, in case of permanent disability. Trusted attorney Richard Stepp will help protect your personal wishes in the face of illness or injury.
Wills/estate planning and administration
At Stepp Law, we offer the following types of Estate Planning and Administration services to help you make sure your wishes are followed and your loved ones are protected in case of your sickness or death:
Contact our Lawrenceville estate planning lawyer for a free initial phone consultation
We have nearly 20 years of experience in wills and estate planning in Georgia and we will work with you to make sure your goals are achieved. With our flexible office hours, we work hard to accommodate our Georgia clients in Lawrenceville and throughout Gwinnett and Walton Counties. Call Stepp Law at 678-987-8490 or contact us online to speak with our experienced estate planning attorneys.