Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
“Getting Your Affairs In Order”
Our legal team will guide you through relevant scenarios to make sure your goals and your concerns are reflected in your estate planning documents.
Putting your wishes in writing provides peace of mind and predictability.
A last will and testament declares your heirs and what part of your estate each will inherit. If you died without a will, your assets would be divided per the Georgia laws of succession, in ways you never intended. A will can also nominate a guardian for your minor children and express your funeral wishes.
Powers of attorney
A durable power of attorney gives control of your finances and business affairs to a person of your choosing in the event of your mental or physical incapacity. A health care power of attorney provides similar authority to make medical decisions on your behalf. These powers can be as broad or as limited as you desire.
A living will
Also known as an advance directive, this document spells out your specific wishes regarding medical intervention, life support and end-of-life care. A living will allows you to die with dignity and spares your family from wrenching decisions.
Estate planning trusts
A trust places assets separate from your estate on behalf of your named beneficiaries. Trusts bypass the probate process and enable you to accomplish specific goals. We can advise on revocable and irrevocable trusts for asset preservation, controlled inheritance, gifts to charity, or providing for a family member with special needs
“Probate Court & Estate Disbursement”
Probate is the legal process for winding down the estate of a person who has past. We counsel individuals who have been named in the will as executor or (in the absence of a will) appointed as personal representative. Mr. Cossio can provide legal advice and assistance for the list of duties, such as:
- Opening the estate in probate court
- Marshaling all the assets
- Paying debts and taxes of the estate
- Liquidating property
- Distributions to heirs and beneficiaries
- Accounting and reporting
Probating a relative’s will can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially if you live in another part of Georgia or out-of-state. The goal is to make the probate process as efficient and painless as possible while minimizing the expense and intrusion.