Significant Changes to GA Law Became Effective on July 1, 2018, and We Are Here to Educate and Help

In light of the significant changes to Georgia trust law beginning July 1, 2018, we wanted to create an easy way for our readers to learn more about this important estate planning topic. Here is a listing of the current materials on our website: Introducing the M&D Will & Trust Improvement Service! This Newsletter introduces [...]

2018-07-30T06:44:46+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Irrevocable Trusts, News, Newsletters|

Thinking Through the Need, Ability and Process to Modify an Irrevocable Trust

Consider what changes are needed to achieve desired goals. This is the up-front analysis that may need some significant and deep thought. This is not considering the type of legal process, but considering the technical changes needed to achieve the desired outcome. For example, if a trust is considered to be a grantor trust for [...]

2018-07-30T06:45:12+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Articles, Irrevocable Trusts, News, Newsletters|

Reasons to Decant or Otherwise Modify an Irrevocable Trust

While the reasons to decant or otherwise modify an irrevocable trust are as numerous as the imagination can create, here is a listing of some of the more common reasons: Correct trust drafting errors, such as scrivener's errors or ambiguous terms. A lot of trusts were simply not drafted properly and these mistakes can be [...]

2018-07-30T04:48:03+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Articles, Irrevocable Trusts, News, Newsletters|

The 2017 Tax Act: Lots of Changes, But What Does It All Mean?

It is clear that the 2017 Tax Act1 is significant and provides numerous fundamental changes that make our already complex tax system even more complex. With this level of complexity, it is likely that it will take several years for tax professionals to fully understand its terms and the planning needed to fully benefit from [...]

2018-03-08T10:03:29+00:00 March 7th, 2018|2017 Tax Act, Articles, News, Newsletters|

Proposed Tax Reform – What Should You Do Now?

On September 27, 2017, President Trump announced the release of a “Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” (the “Framework”). A copy of the Framework can be found at The Framework was produced by the influential group known as the “Big Six.”1 The stated objectives of the changes outlined in the Framework are [...]

2017-12-20T13:29:11+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Articles, News, Newsletters, Tax Planning, Uncategorized|

Georgia Supreme Court Speaks: Married Persons Are Free to Transfer Assets and Proper Title is Critical to Accomplish Intended Transfers (Gibson v. Gibson)

On June 5, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Gibson v. Gibson, S17F0593 (Ga. 2017). In Gibson, the Court considered the scope of a married person’s power to freely transfer his or her own assets to a third party.

2017-09-18T11:09:22+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Articles, News, Newsletters|

Georgia Has a New Uniform Power of Attorney Act Effective as of July 1, 2017 (Part 3)

Beginning on July 1, 2017, a new Uniform Power of Attorney Act (the “UPOAA”) applies to most written, general financial Powers of Attorney (“POAs”) created by individuals in Georgia. This newsletter is Part 3 of our three-part series on the UPOAA.1 Part 1 covered the most important aspects of the UPOAA other than the power [...]

2017-08-22T11:30:59+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Articles, News, Newsletters|

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