Trusts and Guardianships

Estate Planning, Trusts & Guardianship Lawyers in Athens

While many people think of estate planning as something reserved only for the extremely wealthy, estate planning is, in fact, important for everyone. Regardless of the size of your estate, you want to ensure that it is handled according to your wishes. When individuals pass away without a valid will, the future of their estate is determined by the state of Georgia. This can lead to many issues, including high estate taxes, disputes, and probate. Drafting the proper estate planning documents, trusts, and power of attorney, or working to establish guardianship or conservatorship for those unable to make such decisions, is essential in ensuring that your estate is dealt with in the manner you desire.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Athens estate planning attorneys can assist you with a wide range of estate planning, trust, and guardianship matters. We can help you with everything from drafting a valid will to estate tax planning to determining how best to avoid probate. We are also able to assist you with preparing a living will, which is a statement of your intent with respect to health care decisions, and a durable power of attorney for health care, which appoints someone to act as your agent for making health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

Our firm is experienced in handling a wide range of estate planning issues, from simple wills to complex wills and trusts for estate tax planning. Call us at (706) 354-4000 today!

Estate Planning & Related Matters Our Firm Handles

Whether you wish to establish a guardianship, need assistance setting up a trust, or would like general estate planning help, you can rely on Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. With 40 years in practice, we are capable of handling a wide variety of complex estate planning matters.

Our firm can assist you with all of the following and more:

  • Charitable trusts
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Planning with IRAs and qualified plans
  • Preparation of simple and complex wills
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Special needs trusts
  • Trust preparation and administration

We have also assisted clients with unique situations, including proper planning for elders or those with disabilities who are not able to get the proper care they need with governmental assistance benefits due to the size of their estates. Additionally, our Athens estate planning attorneys have helped individuals with nearly all types of trusts, including Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Qualified Terminable Interested Property Trusts, Credit-Maximizer Trusts, and Special Needs Trusts.

Whether you are dealing with a fairly straightforward estate planning matter, or need legal assistance with a complex issue, including estate litigation, our firm is here to help.