Is a Trust Better Than a Will in Georgia?

Is a Trust Better Than a Will in Georgia

When it comes to estate planning, there are many options available to individuals. One of the most popular choices is between creating a will or setting up a trust. Both of these documents are important for ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. But which one is better […]

The Most Common Questions and Concerns About Writing a Living Will

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Did you know that living wills offer guidance to doctors, provide clarity and closure for family members, and reduce the likelihood that family members will have disagreements? A living will, more commonly known in Georgia as a Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare, is an important document. It outlines your wishes for end-of-life medical treatment in the […]

What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

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It’s a common question from people who are still determining if their circumstances would obligate them to write a will. And the answer is a bit more complex than many people think. We have the straightforward basics you should know, and we’ll also include a few exceptional factors that could affect how you and your […]

Is a Simple Will Enough?

Is a will enough

Many people want to keep their arrangements as uncomplicated as possible when it comes to estate planning. After all, the more complex an estate plan is, the more expensive it is, right? The team at Smith Barid often hears this from our clients, and we understand the perspective that simpler is better.  In some cases, […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Will

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Did you know that more than half (54%) of American adults don’t have a will? This means if they were to pass on today, it would be up to the courts to determine how their estate will be distributed. Does this describe your situation currently? If that’s the case, then it’s a serious issue. Because after your death, your assets […]

Important Differences Between a Will and a Trust

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Many individuals believe the terms “will” and “trust” are interchangeable with one another. After all, both words are terms people have heard a myriad of times over the years, making it easy to confuse their subsequent meanings. While both are essential pieces of the estate planning process, they each serve different purposes.   The Main […]

10 Advantages of Estate Planning

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Approximately 60 percent of Americans do not have a will or estate plan even though they know should. Do you have an estate plan? If not, it’s important to take the time to get it done. Wondering about the importance of wills and estate planning? Here are ten advantages of estate planning and why it’s […]

The Different Types of Wills Explained

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When you’re running through your estate planning checklist, there’s one document that trumps them all: a last will and testament. This is the one estate planning document everyone knows. And for good reason–it’s the document that specifies how your estate will be distributed after your death. What many people don’t know is that there are […]

What Does It Mean to Be an Executor of a Will (and Can It Be a Beneficiary)?

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Are you in the process of making an estate plan? Do you need to choose an executor? The executor of a will is responsible for carrying out its terms. They may do things like distributing your assets, paying off any outstanding bills, and closing out your bank accounts. A beneficiary, by contrast, is someone who […]

5 Things Needed to Have a Valid Georgia Will

Writing a Will in Savannah Georgia

Writing a will may seem like a daunting task. The idea of going through your assets and having to consider future poor health and demise isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time. However, if you fail to write a will, your most prized possessions, including your children’s guardianship, will instead be left up to the […]

The Comprehensive Legacy Checklist

27 Red Flags in Estate Planning You Can't Afford to Ignore: Get Our Expert Checklist!

Ensure your estate is fully prepared for any eventuality with The Comprehensive Legacy Checklist. This essential tool is designed to help you and your family face the future with confidence, covering all critical areas from asset protection to healthcare decisions. Whether you’re setting up a plan for the first time or updating an existing one, this checklist highlights potential vulnerabilities and ensures nothing is overlooked.