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Planning for the end of life is not easy – but with a strong estate plan in place, probate costs can be reduced and your shared memories will be preserved with your family. As estate planning lawyers in Augusta GA and serving Aiken, SC, we provide our expertise with probate, power of attorney, wills, and more covering the entire spectrum of wealth management considerations for one’s family and loved ones. Whether you hail from Evans, Ga., Martinez, Ga., or North Augusta, SC, our licensed attorneys provide guidance for every step.

Our Estate Planning practice specializes in:

  • Advanced healthcare directives
  • Drafting wills
  • Estate administration
  • Estate planning
  • Guardianships
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Probate

The process of validating a person’s will – so the full estate plan can go into effect – is known as probate. This is the time when family, friends, and others can see the instructions you’ve left them, but it also provides an avenue for your last wishes to be challenged by those who feel they may be unfair or have other issues.

It also works in different ways across state lines, similar to estate planning and will planning. The process of Augusta, Ga. probate and Aiken, SC probate differs, requiring an experienced probate lawyer in Augusta, GA or Aiken, SC to ensure a smooth process with as little conflict as possible.

Trusts

A strong estate plan removes the guesswork for surviving family members, and details exactly what will happen to your belongings. An estate, legally, is not just your home or land – it also covers everything you own, from cars to paintings to your favorite clothes.

A strong estate plan keeps more of your net worth with those you want – and less to IRS taxes and other complications. Options such as a revocable living trust or establishing a particular trust fund can help.

There are subtle differences in state laws, which are updated by legislatures every year. Thus, you need someone experienced in estate planning in Augusta GA and Aiken SC – and we represent the best opportunity for you to protect your loved ones and provide for them well.

Wills

A will on its own does provide directions upon your passing, but it does not avoid the process of probate on its own. Also known as a last will and testament, these documents require an attorney to avoid the possibility of it being challenged upon your death.

In addition, will planning takes into consideration specific state laws that differ between Georgia and South Carolina. Thus, those in need of wills in Augusta, Ga. and Aiken, SC can rest easy knowing we are well-versed in their specific needs – because writing a will is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

Contact us today to get started.