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  • Use Your Inheritance Wisely!

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    Avoid mistakes commonly made by those who come into an inheritance and keep in mind these tips for when you receive yours: 1.    Set up or add to your emergency fund.  Job loss and unexpected expenses happen.  Have at least 6 months of living expenses in …

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  • Co-Executors or Alternative Executors: Which is Better for You?

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    The person you name as the executor of your will should be able and willing to carry out your final wishes.  If you have more than one child, you may feel compelled to name them co-executors in an effort not to hurt any of your …

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  • Health Care Papers: What You Need When Admitted to a Hospital

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    If you have a serious or terminal illness, you must have your wishes concerning medical care and treatment known if you are unable to communicate with the medical professionals taking care of you.  Health care papers let you appoint a trusted family member or friend …

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  • Add Tax to That Gift!

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    Did you know the U.S. tax code states that all gifts are subject to a tax, unless they fit under one of the IRS’ prescribed exceptions?  Here is a donor’s guide to common exceptions to the gift tax for 2015: 1.    Annual Exclusion.   Gifts …

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  • Make Business Your Business!

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    A small business owner’s primary focus is growing the business.  As a result, the owner might overlook administrative matters which are best handled by a third-party registered agent. Georgia law requires businesses to have an agent registered with the Secretary of State.  The registered agent …

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  • Same-Sex Married Couples Must Avoid Intestacy

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    Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population lives in states that recognize same-sex marriage and grant such couples the same rights of inheritance granted to traditional married couples.   What happens when such a couple moves to a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage and …

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  • A New Year, A New Plan

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    Many of us enter the new year with a fresh perspective on life and resolve to improve ourselves.  Some aspire to exercise; others promise to look for a more satisfying career.  Make 2015 the year in which you make or update your estate plan by: …

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  • Initial Talks: Be Proactive About Planning Your Estate

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    Planning your estate gives you control over your final affairs.  Take the initiative and keep in mind for your initial consultation with your estate planning attorney the following: Designate individuals you trust to act on your behalf.  Your Executor will carry out your final wishes …

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  • An Uncommon Professional

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    Dear Friends: I recently received the distinction of becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.  After graduating from law school, I enrolled in Oglethorpe University’s Personal Financial Planner program where I received the necessary education and qualifications to take the CFP Board’s examination. In order to …

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  • Simplifying Probate: A Self-Proving Affidavit

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    Avoid oversights when planning your estate.  Make sure your family can easily probate your will by including a self-proving affidavit.   A self-proving affidavit is a sworn, written statement signed by the will-maker and his or her witnesses in the presence of a notary which attests …

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