An important part of the estate planning process involves choosing an executor (or “personal representative”) who will be responsible for administering your final affairs. Among other tasks, an executor handles probate (to the extent necessary), works to satisfy your estate’s obligations to your creditor and distributes your remaining assets to your chosen beneficiaries. Due to the importance of the executor’s role, it is critical to choose someone you trust to fulfill these duties faithfully and in compliance with the law. But what if the person you trust most is also someone to whom you wish to leave a portion of your estate? Can you name someone as your executor and a beneficiary? Or does this create an impermissible conflict of interest?

There are situations in which parents become unable to care for their children. It could be due to injury or illness, the result of an addiction, or allegations of abuse. Placing the child into the care of another responsible adult is often the best way to ensure the child is protected and cared for. When done on a voluntary basis, establishing a temporary guardianship is less complicated than seeking permanent child custody, and it allows all parties to work at eventually reuniting the parent and the child.

Creating a last will and testament in Georgia is a necessity to ensure your property and assets go to loved ones in the event of your death, and to avoid potentially costly and time-consuming probate court proceedings. Regardless of the amount of money or property you own, a will can convey your final wishes and help avoid any disputes that could arise.

When you adopt a child, you want to make sure that your child has every right and opportunity that he or she would have had as your biological offspring. This touches on all aspects of your family life and involves a number of legal aspects as well. One area of particular note is your estate plan. When you adopt, it is critical to make sure that your estate plan accurately reflects your wishes regarding your adopted child’s inheritance and guardianship in the event of your untimely death.