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Creating A Will That Works For You

Last updated on April 23, 2024

A last will and testament may well be the most personal document you ever create. For that reason alone, it’s important to make sure that your will is drafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. The best first step you can take toward making this happen is to choose an experienced estate planning lawyer whom you will feel comfortable talking to about the personal decisions involved in this process.
At the Hodges Law Firm, LLC, in Cumming, we have been doing this type of legal work for more than 30 years throughout Atlanta and all of Georgia. We understand how personal it is. We take pride in our ability to make clients feel comfortable and confident when making decisions that profoundly affect the people and causes they care for most. We’re here to help you gain that peace of mind as well.

Accomplishing Specific Goals With A Will

The most basic function of a last will and testament is to provide clear, written instructions as to how you want your assets distributed and to whom, after your death. This can both prevent many types of estate problems and save your beneficiaries a lot of trouble and expense. This is just the starting point, however, for what a will can accomplish.

We use a comprehensive questionnaire to help clients identify specific needs and our own experience to create wills and other estate planning documents that achieve those goals.

For example, with minor children it’s almost always a good idea to include a testamentary trust to guard against the possibility that a child’s other named parent may predecease you. With this type of will, you can automatically transfer ownership of assets to a trustee (instead of to the minor child) at the time of your death, name a trustee to preserve and manage those assets, and even select the appropriate age or ages of distribution.

We can also use will provisions to accomplish other specific goals, including:

  • Nominating guardians for minor children
  • Protecting against claims by former spouses and creditors
  • Keeping personal problems such as gambling, alcoholism or drug addiction that a beneficiary may have from consuming everything you leave to him or her

“I don’t need to draft a will because I already have one. There have been some changes in my life since then, though. Can you review a will and update it if necessary?” Yes, and we’d be happy to do this for you. It’s good you asked, too, because there’s a real danger in using out-of-date legal documents. Just contact us for a free consultation. A review of your old will is a free consultation.

Create Your Will Today

We offer free initial consultations. Whether you need a simple will, complex will, pour-over will or something else, we are here to help you explore your options. Contact us online or by telephone at 678-608-1746, toll-free at , to schedule a free initial consultation.

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