Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Healthcare Directives
Wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives are just some of the many estate planning tools that The Libby Law Firm offers to our estate planning clients. We want to make sure that your estate is taken care of, and we will meet with you to explore your options and advise you in a manner that your wishes for your estate are taken care of.
A will is a legal document that lets you state how you wish your estate to be handled when you die. You can also name your beneficiaries and what you would like each one to receive. If you don't have a will and you pass away, a Georgia probate court will decide what to do with your property and you won't be able to make special provisions or gifts. According to Georgia's intestate laws, the decedent's surviving spouse and children would share the estate.
Our estate planning attorneys handle all legal matters pertaining to wills, including the following:
- Drafting wills
- Will revisions
- Will contests
- Appointing an executor
- Beginning the probate process
It is important that your will is properly structured. Our attorneys are both experienced tax attorneys and knowledgeable estate planning lawyers who know how to design estate plans that minimize estate tax liabilities and allow for your assets to be easily transferred to your designated beneficiaries.
Our team of estate planning attorneys are also experienced at handling litigation matters involving wills and the probate process. Visit our Wills, Trusts, and Estate Litigation page for more information.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney is a legal document that appoints someone to have certain powers that you have given them. By giving someone your power of attorney, you are allowing him, her, or the entity that you have appointed to act for you in certain kinds of situations. At The Libby Law Firm, one of our estate planning attorneys can help you set up the powers of attorney that fits your specific needs:
- Limited Power of Attorney-Sale of Assets
- Limited Power of Attorney-Limited Duration
- Limited Power of Attorney-Funding Revocable Trusts
- General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (one Attorney-in-Fact)
- General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (Granted Jointly to Two Attorneys-in-Fact)
- General Power of Attorney and Designation of Guardian (Becomes Effective upon Disability)
- General Power of Attorney, with Elective Provisions, Including Gift-Making Provisions and Alternative Provision for Springing Power
- Durable Financial Power of Attorney
- Georgia Statutory Form for Financial Power of Attorney
- IRS Power of Attorney-Form 2848, with Instructions
- IRS Power of Attorney-Form 2848-D, with Instructions
- Georgia Statutory Short Form Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
A durable power of attorney is one that will either take effect or continue to take effect should you become incapacitated.
Health Care Directives
Also known as a living will, a health care directive allows you to state the medical care that you would like to have or wish to refuse in the event that you become incapacitated. If you have appointed a power of attorney for health care, he or she will be responsible for ensuring that your wishes in your health care directive are followed. Doctors and other medical providers are required by law to follow your wishes.
For more information, contact The Libby Law Firm by e-mail. You can also call us at (404) 445-7771.
The Libby Law Firm has also represented estate planning clients in disputes related to powers of attorney and health care directives. Visit our Wills, Trusts, and Litigation page for more details.
The Libby Law Firm is proud to serve members of the Atlanta community. Many of our clients come from Roswell, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Peachtree Hills, Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Lawrenceville, as well as from other cities in Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, Cobb County, and Dekalb County.