By Allison Byrd In our January issue of “The Passionate Estate Planner,” we addressed ten common myths about estate planning. A classic misconception perpetuated in the movies, and number two on our list, is how a Will is read: The myth: My attorney will read my Will aloud in a musty, mahogany-paneled room, while [...]
Having a professionally prepared estate plan is a crucial part of planning for the future. A well-crafted Will-based or Trust-based plan can provide security and other protections for one’s beneficiaries, can help to avoid significant expense and inconvenience to them, and can provide peace of mind to the person making the plan.
Estate Planning and Related Issues for Same-Sex Couples in 2017: Obergefell v. Hodges Did Not Eliminate the Need for Extra-Careful Planning When It Created National Recognition for Same-Sex Marriages
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, that marriage is a fundamental right that extends to same-sex couples.
On September 14, 2016, Richard Morgan was part of a panel discussion at the monthly meeting of the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. The general topic of the discussion was Revocable Living Trusts (RLTs) versus Wills. The panelists tried to help attendees consider the actual advantages and disadvantages of using [...]
Beginning with the 2016 tax year (i.e., for Georgia income tax returns filed in 2017), the 529 Plan contribution income tax deduction for married couples filing jointly has doubled from a maximum of $2,000 per beneficiary account to a maximum of $4,000 per beneficiary account. When considering Georgia's flat 6% income tax rate, this will [...]
The holidays are a time when families gather together in celebration. Traditions are carried out and new ones are made. Stories are shared, memories created and relationships strengthened. However, these occasions may also reveal that time has passed and things have changed - and not for the better. The health, financial situation, and overall well-being [...]
In Celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, We Focus on the Estate Planning Effects of Adoption
November is Adoption Awareness Month. In celebration, this issue of the Passionate Estate Planner will focus on adoption, and the estate planning effects adoptions can have. Two of our attorneys are adoptive parents, and adoption is a loving and beautiful way to build a family. However, while adoption legally creates new family ties, it also [...]
Do You Need To Fully Fund Your Revocable Living Trust During Your Life? Separating Facts From Fiction (RLTs Part 2 / Updated February 2019)
This newsletter is the second part of a three part series on Revocable Living Trusts (RLTs). The first newsletter on this topic was entitled, “Should I Use a Will or a Revocable Living Trust? Separating Facts From Fiction.” The first newsletter was designed to help explain how to decide whether a Will or a Revocable [...]
Richard Morgan, Esq. of Morgan DiSalvo, PC participated in the Atlanta Business RadioX Wealth Matters: The Planning Stage of Estate Planning broadcast. In this episode of Wealth Matters, guests John Howard and Richard Morgan discuss how to anticipate and avoid issues during the “planning” stage of estate planning with hosts Adam Gaslowitz and Robert Post. [...]
It is important to revisit your estate plan periodically. Estate planning is not a one-time event. You want to be sure that the plans and documents needed to carry our your plan reflect your current desires, changes in your situation and the applicable laws. Current Desires Your desires may have changed and you may no [...]