Business and Estate Law

Augusta, GA, attorney protecting your assets and your family

Estate planning is important at every stage of your life. However, as you get older, it becomes increasingly critical to review your estate plan and determine if it provides your beneficiaries with all the protection you want them to have.

Louis Saul has been guiding executors through the probate process and handing a variety of estate administration issues in the Augusta area for more than 50 years and is uniquely qualified to handle wills, trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Last will and testament
  • Living Wills
  • Living Trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Basic estate planning is important for every family. As you get older and accumulate assets, it is important to review your estate plan and determine if it provides your beneficiaries with the protection you want them to have.

Estate planning

Attorney Louis Saul will examine your situation carefully and develop strategies for the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. Louis Saul can also draft a will or living trust to make your desires known and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.

Trusts

Louis Saul can create a trust to ensure that your assets are properly managed and held your future use, or the use of your family members and their designated beneficiaries. The assets held by a trust can be used to pay for necessary medical, educational and health-related expenses for the trust's beneficiaries. Because a trust is designed to exist for a certain period of time, the courts require that a trustee is chosen to administer and be responsible for the management of the trust. Trusts may be included in your will or as a separate legal entity.  Living Trusts can be used to make the probate process simpler or to minimize estate and income taxes.

Probate disputes

In the event of disputes regarding an estate, Louis Saul is uniquely qualified to to represent your interests by challenging invalid wills or defending valid wills against challenges of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Services include negotiations between the beneficiaries of a will to preserve relationships or, if necessary to protect your interests, aggressive representation in court.

Typical documents in a Georgia estate plan include:

  • A last will and testament that determines who will receive your property after you die and names a guardian for minor children
  • A durable power of attorney, which allows you to name a trusted person to make decisions for you, manage your property and pay your bills if you are incapacitated
  • An advance directive for health care or medical power of attorney, which allows you to appoint an agent to make health care decisions for you if you are incapacitated. An advance directive is a document that allows you to be in control of your treatment even if you cannot communicate.
     
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