CASTOR SPRATTLIN LAW GROUP LLC Georgia and New York Estate and Legacy Planning Firm
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We all know by now that it is important to have an estate plan in place to protect our assets. However, how do you know what kind of plan will best meet your needs? Traditional estate documents such as a will can certainly take care of basic distribution of assets but there are many other tools available that are more than just instructions for transferring our financial assets at your death. These tools also ensure that your wishes are met and your legacy is fulfilled.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Indeed, effective estate and legacy planning matters! Effective planning with CSLG gives our clients the comfort of knowing not only that their affairs are in order but that their families and their future generations will be taken care of in the event of death or incapacity. These are some of the legacy planning tools we can assist you with at CSLG:
We know that these types of legal documents can sometimes be overwhelming. We are dedicated to providing you help throughout the process in language that you can understand.
If you don't understand any aspect of your legacy plan, just ask, and we will endeavor to find solutions that work for you. The first step is for us to work with you and come up with a plan to get the results you need. Through our understanding of the law and your family dynamics, we will craft an effective legacy plan for you and your family..
The most common reason people stay clear of estate planning is FEAR: people are afraid of death and are really afraid to think of their own mortality! However, estate planning challenges our thinking and pushes us to consider things such as: who will get custody of our minor children, who gets our money, who should handle our estate, and what legacy are we leaving behind. It certainly forces us to think about not being here and how our loved ones will cope after we are gone. While estate planning can be somewhat uncomfortable, it is certainly necessary. So don’t wait, start thinking today!
Contact us for a free 10-minute phone consultation. Let us help you figure out what your best next steps are. The sooner you have a plan of action, the better your chances of taking the correct steps to get the results you want.
While virtually every person understands the need for estate planning, the fact is that over 50% of Americans leave behind confusion over how their assets will be divided and which loved ones will inherit their estates’ assets.
We help clients with the hard questions surrounding the distribution of their assets after they pass away or the handling of their affairs after they become incapacitated.
Whether your previous marriage ended in divorce or you were widowed, blending a new family has its challenges and you need to protect yourself and your children (minor or adult).
It is important that you review any estate planning documents that you had in place during a previous marriage. We can review those documents with you to ensure that they still reflect your wishes. If they don’t, you will need to revise them immediately and we can help you!
We understand the challenges that arise when getting remarried and blending families together. We can answer your questions and help you in preventing your assets from going to anyone other than the people you wish to receive them.
These are some of the estate planning tools we can assist you with at CSLG:
Last Will & Testament
Power of Attorney
*Revocable Living Trust
The passing of a loved one is painful and always a difficult situation. We help surviving family members get through the probate process with a minimum of fuss. Whether a loved one passes away testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will), you will need to go through the probate process. Probate refers to the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person’s estate to ensure that the decedent’s final matters and wishes are handled correctly and without bias.
Probate Courts can be intimidating if you do not have experience in their inner workings and procedures. Specifically, there are legal papers to draft and file, petitions to publish, notices to serve, bonds to file, and rules that petitioners must strictly adhere to at every step of the probate process. We help our clients navigate this overwhelming probate process quickly and efficiently. We work hard to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of customer service at each step of the process.
If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, we can assist you with the PROBATE process.
CONTACT our Firm today to schedule a consultation.
In addition to Wills or Trusts, there are important documents that should always be included in an estate plan no matter your age, marital status, or if you do or do not have children. These include powers of attorney, healthcare, nomination of guardians and other emergency documents.
Our legal services include estate planning, asset protection and probate along with the preparation of effective legacy planning documents as follows: wills and trusts, power of attorney, advance healthcare directive, pet trusts, gun trusts, nomination of guardians.
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Main Office Location:
1995 N. Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30339
Everyone needs effective estate planning. Effective estate plan ensures that your wishes are known and that your assets and hard-earned money will remain intact as they pass to beneficiaries whom you designate in your estate planning documents.
NO. A Living Trust can help anyone protect his or her family from unnecessary probate fees, court costs, attorney’s fees, and state and federal estate taxes. In many circumstances, even individuals with small estates can derive meaningful benefits.
What is the federal estate tax?
The federal estate tax is a tax collected by the federal government from the estate of a deceased person. The federal government gives certain exclusions and deductions and then taxes everything above a certain level.
Absolutely. In fact, we recommend transferring any real estate into your Living Trust. Otherwise, upon your death, depending on how you hold the title, you will need to go through the probate process in every state in which you hold real property. When your real property is owned by your Living Trust, there is no probate anywhere.
No! you cannot leave money or other kinds of property to your pet under your will. As much as we love our pets and consider them part of the family, animals are still considered property under the law. However, you can have an estate plan that ensures Fluffy or Buster is well cared for after you die. One of the things you can do is to establish a pet trust and leave money to be used for the care of your pet.