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Creating an estate plan is something that many people procrastinate doing. This is usually because of a common misconception that those with estate plans should be elderly or wealthy, or because people believe they’re too young and too healthy to handle a task as serious as estate planning. None of these things, however, are true.

Estate planning is for anyone who owns something they value, or has minor children. If you’ve yet to create an estate plan, there is no time like the present. Call Fouts Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with our Jasper estate planning lawyer and discover your options. We can help you through the estate planning process with ease!

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Why Do I Need An Estate Plan?

Even if you are in the best shape of your life, there are unforeseen circumstances in which you have no control that can compromise your well-being. If you become incapacitated or pass away before you create a plan for your assets and children, the state of Georgia will make those decisions for you, which may not align with what you would’ve wanted originally. This can leave your family without clarity of your wishes, causing them further stress and uncertainty during an already difficult time – not to mention that without a proper estate plan in place, your family members might have to go through the lengthy and costly process of probate. You likely don’t want these things to happen to your family, but they are all possible if you fail to plan ahead!

What Does An Estate Plan Entail? 

Every person is unique so an estate plan shouldn’t be any different. It’s important to avoid online estate planning templates, even if they are free or seem convenient. The reason they do is because they’re usually lacking the language and customization needed to address your situation. Our Jasper estate planning lawyer will take the time to get to know you, understand your needs, and help you draft an estate plan that meets those needs – something an online document cannot do! Below are just a few of the tools our attorney may recommend you utilize within your estate plan:

  • A will – a document that outlines who will get what if you pass away. Probate may still be necessary with a will alone, but it will prevent Georgia’s intestate laws from deciding how your assets should be distributed.
  • A trust – a legal tool that owns your assets, outside of your name, making your assets secure. You can set the terms for how your trust is managed during and after your life.
  • A power of attorney – a person you designate to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf if you were to become incapacitated.
  • Beneficiary designations – beneficiaries can be named in retirement accounts and life insurance policies, but these designations should align with those made in your will, as those in various accounts will override designations made in wills.
  • And more!

How Fouts Law Group Can Help

We understand that you may not want to think about and plan for a future that you won’t be a part of, but it’s a necessary step in safeguarding your assets, and shielding your loved ones from financial jeopardy. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! Our Jasper estate planning lawyer, Jeff Fouts, has 30+ years of experience navigating Georgia’s estate planning laws, so he has the skills required to craft a strategic plan for everything you’ve worked hard to accumulate over the years. He is ​​also a published author and registered investment advisor, so he has extensive financial knowledge that can provide you with a great advantage in your case!

Call Fouts Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and learn about your next steps!

Why Is Asset Protection Necessary?

Despite a popular misconception that asset protection is only for the wealthy, anyone can benefit from strategies to protect their money; however, obviously if you have a high-risk career, or if you have a sizable amount of assets, you have more to lose, and more reason to safeguard what you have. Asset protection is intended to preserve your assets against things like divorce, business failure, creditor claims, incapacitation, death, and more.

What Type Of Asset Protection Do I Need?

Asset protection is a broad term that covers a large scope of legal tools that secure your wealth. Because everyone’s financial circumstances vary, there isn’t going to be a “one-size-fits-all” formula for asset protection. Our Austell asset protection lawyer can asses your financial situation and explain your options so that you can choose which type(s) of asset protection will be best suited to your needs.

A few of the tools you can utilize include:

  • Trusts – allow you to transfer your assets to another entity to be managed on behalf of any named beneficiaries.
  • Limited liability entities – also known as LLCs, these are business structures that offer business owners limited liability protection.
  • Homestead exemptions – offer homeowners protection for their primary residence from creditors and property taxes.
  • Prenuptial agreements – also known as a premarital agreement, this is signed before a marriage occurs and outlines how assets, debts, and investments will be handled if divorce occurs.

Why Should I Work With An Austell Asset Protection Lawyer?

At Fouts Law Group, we believe that you deserve to reap the benefits of your hard-earned assets, both in the present and in the future. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll be available when you and your family need them or that an unexpected life event will take them away from you. We can help preserve your legacy by providing you with the legal instruments necessary to safeguard your assets!

Our lead Austell asset protection lawyer, Jeff Fouts, has 30+ years of experience with asset protection. He has also accumulated a wealth of knowledge as a registered investment advisor and published author. You can trust that his familiarity with Georgia’s asset protection laws can give you a huge advantage. He can explain your options, advise you on which of them can maximize asset protection, and answer any questions you may have.

Call Fouts Law Group Today!

You’ve worked hard to grow your assets throughout the years; don’t allow them to be depleted by unforeseen events. Allow our Austell asset protection lawyer to explain the strategies, including tax strategies, available to you. Call Fouts Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn about your various options for asset protection. There is no obligation to move forward with us, but at the very least, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of the importance of asset protection and what our firm can offer you.

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