Estate Planning And Probate

At The Childs Law Firm in Marietta, Georgia, we seek to make a long-term, positive difference in the lives of our clients and their families through careful representation and thoughtful planning.

We draft estate planning documents such as:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Financial powers of attorney
  • Advance health care directives

No two people are exactly alike, and no two estate plans should be exactly alike. When you are our client, we learn about you, your circumstances and your long-term goals for yourself and your loved ones so that we can develop a plan that meets exactly your needs.

Estate Planning Is A Gift

Estate planning gives you a chance to make important decisions in advance. By doing so, you save your loved ones a lot of frustration and heartache — and a lot of time and money, as well. For this reason, we often tell our clients that, even if they can't bequeath a great deal of wealth, the act of estate planning itself is a great gift they can pass on to their families.

It's also important to remember that some estate planning tools, such as powers of attorney, advance health care directives and guardianships/conservatorships, can go into effect during our clients' lives, protecting them and making important decisions in advance, should they become unable to make these decisions themselves later on.

Probate And Estate Administration

Probate is the process through which a deceased person's estate is legally passed on to the person's heirs. The process is simpler, faster and less expensive when the person left a will and other estate planning documents. However, even with an estate plan, the process can be difficult for an executor who has little experience with the issues involved, especially when they are still actively grieving the loss of a loved one.

We help people administer estates and move them through probate, inventorying the estate, paying taxes and outstanding debts, communicating with the probate court, filing paperwork and checking that deadlines are met, so that their loved one's wishes are met and their property is protected.

Get Started

Speak to an experienced lawyer about estate planning or probate. Call our office at 770-428-7250. You can also reach us by email.